Lewisburg Middle splits with Tullahoma West
Although they had to shake off a little rust from their three-week layoff, the Lewisburg Middle School Tigers (9-3) proved to have too much firepower for Tullahoma West on Tuesday night when they defeated the Bobcats 55-35 at home to sweep the season series.
The Tigerettes (4-8), meanwhile, fell to Tullahoma West for the second time this season after dropping a 28-22 decision to the Lady Bobcats in the opening game of the evening.
Having defeated Tullahoma West handily in their first meeting, the Tigers inched out to a 15-13 lead in the first quarter of Tuesday's contest with the help of seven points from K.J. Johnson and five points from Keshun Gentry.
The Bobcats played Lewisburg even in the second period and trailed just 26-24 at halftime, but the Tigers blew the game open in the third quarter by putting together a 21-6 run behind eight points from Devon Wilson and four points apiece from Gentry and Johnson to forge a 47-30 advantage.
"Our defense picked up in the third quarter in terms of our pressure on the ball and I think Tullahoma ran out of gas. They were running with us in the first half, but it took more out of them than they were used to while we play like that all the time," said LMS coach David Lovell.
In the fourth quarter, Lewisburg outscored Tullahoma West 8-4 in the stanza on the strength of four points from Wesley Walker and a pair of baskets from Johnson and Dagon Stacey to cap their 20-point victory.
Johnson broke double digits for the third straight contest and led the Tigers with a game high 20 points.
"K.J. is in a good rhythm right now and is playing with a lot of confidence. He has an answer or a move for whatever a team throws at him," said Lovell.
Wilson followed Johnson with 12 points, while Gentry and Walker tallied nine and seven points respectively. Hunter Haurez chipped in two points for Lewisburg as well and Andrew Gold and Mitchell Ford had two points apiece.
Dylan Knight paced the Bobcats with 13 points, while John Moore and Isaiah Prince notched nine and four points respectively.
In the girls game, the Tigerettes inched out to a 4-2 lead in the first quarter thanks a couple of baskets from Demariae Ingram and Kelsey Keiler, but Tullahoma West went on an 11-6 run in the second period to take a 13-10 advantage into halftime.
The Lady Bobcats then outscored Lewisburg 8-5 in the third period to stretch their lead to 21-15 before keeping LMS at bay in the fourth period to claim the six-point win.
Ingram accounted for almost half of the Tigerettes' offensive output and led Lewisburg with 10 points. Kelsey Keiler and Anna Claire Moses also tallied five and three points respectively for LMS, while Hannah Davis and Jenna Hill each chipped in two points.
Jessica Edde and Ty Hardin paced Tullahoma West with nine points apiece. Macey Bowman and CeCe Smith each notched four points for the Lady Bobcats as well, while Kenzie Lenderman had two points.