Rockvale hands LMS pair of losses
On Tuesday night, the Lewisburg Middle School Tigers (9-4) had their three-game winning streak snapped when they were defeated 56-43 by a talented Rockvale Raven squad at home in their regular season finale.
The Tigerettes (4-9), meanwhile, suffered their fifth straight loss after dropping a 38-25 decision to the Lady Ravens in the opening game of the evening.
After beating the Tigers 58-39 earlier in the season, Rockvale built a 16-11 lead in the first quarter of Tuesday's contest before Lewisburg outscored the Ravens 11-9 in the second period with the help of four points from Andrew Gold and baskets from K.J. Johnson, Wesley Walker, and Devon Wilson to trim the deficit to 25-22.
The Tigers then opened the third quarter with an 8-4 spurt, highlighted by a Johnson three-pointer, to seize a brief 30-29 advantage, but Rockvale quickly counterpunched and tallied the final seven points of the stanza to pull ahead 36-30.
In the fourth quarter, the Ravens finally began to distance themselves from Lewisburg and outscored the Tigers 20-13 over the final six minutes to complete the sweep of the season series.
"Even though we lost I was pleased with the way we played. I couldn't be any prouder of our effort," said Lewisburg coach David Lovell. "We played well, but some things just didn't go our way and Rockvale is a good team."
Johnson led the Tigers' offensive attack with 15 points. Wilson also tallied 12 points, while Walker added nine points. Gold chipped in four points for LMS as well and Keshun Gentry had three points.
Maliek McAllister paced three Raven players in double figures with 18 points, while Mari Stoudemire and Dorean Hollis notched 14 and 12 points respectively.
Having defeated LMS 26-12 in their previous meeting, the Lady Ravens flew out to an 8-2 lead in the first quarter before outscoring Lewisburg 7-6 in the second period to take a 15-8 advantage into halftime.
The Tigerettes started the second half with an 8-5 run on the strength of five points from Kelsey Keiler and a Demariae Ingram trey to shave the deficit to 20-16, but Rockvale's Michaela Price buried a three late in the third quarter to stretch the Lady Ravens' lead to 23-16.
Rockvale then pulled away down the stretch and outscored LMS 15-9 in the fourth period to cement their 13-point victory.
"I thought we played well and competed hard all four quarters. We just fell into a hole in the first half and couldn't overcome that," said Tigerette coach Chris Coleman. "From a scoring and play making standpoint, this was the best that we've played in a long time. If we can build on this game, we have a chance to compete in the James C. Haile Tournament and finish the season with a nice run."
Ingram led Lewisburg with 10 points, while Keiler added nine points. Lexi Cashion, Kimberlyn Greer, and Hannah Davis rounded out the scoring for the Tigerettes with three, two, and one point respectively."
Tamra Johnson and Aniyah Martin paced Rockvale with eight points apiece, while Price and Victoria Page tallied six and five points respectively.