LMS girls halt Algood
The James C. Haile Tournament brought out the best in the Lewisburg Middle School Tigerettes (5-9) on Saturday night, as they defeated the Algood Lady Redskins 36-27 at Middle Tennessee Christian School in the first round of the Class AAA bracket.
Mired in a five-game losing streak coming into Saturday's contest, LMS led by as many as nine points in the first half, before Algood (10-7) used a big second quarter run to seize an 18-15 advantage at the break.
The Tigerettes, however, managed to regroup at halftime and outscored the Lady Redskins 21-9 over the final two quarters to take home the nine-point victory.
"I was so proud of the way that we responded to their second quarter run. We came out and reestablished control of the game," said LMS coach Chris Coleman. "We played tremendously hard tonight and there wasn't a moment in the game where we got outhustled."
Thanks to Saturday's triumph, Lewisburg advances to the quarterfinals of the tournament where they will play Macon County on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m.
Algood held a 3-2 edge in three-pointers, but the Tigerettes finished with a 12-11 advantage in field goals and outscored the Lady Redskins 10-2 at the foul line. Lewisburg also committed just 12 turnovers and outrebounded Algood 33-29 overall.
Although the Lady Redskins held LMS' leading scorer Demariae Ingram to just three points, the Tigerettes pulled out the win by getting significant contributions from the rest of the lineup. Kelsey Keiler and Lexi Cashion both tallied nine points to lead Lewisburg with Cashion setting a new career scoring high. Kimberlyn Greer also notched a career high eight points for LMS, while Hannah Davis added seven points and a game high 13 rebounds.
"This was a great team win. They held Demariae to only three points, but some other girls stepped up and put the ball in the basket. We picked a good time to play our best game of the season," said Coleman.
Reserve guards Torie Brooks and Gracie Dodgen paced Algood with seven points apiece, while Gracie Hudson and Lexi Baird notched six and five points respectively. Kennedy Anderson rounded out the scoring for the Lady Redskins with two points.
The Tigerettes knocked Algood back on their heels at the start of the game and raced out to a 12-3 lead in the first quarter on the strength of four points from Cashion and an Ingram three-pointer.
The Lady Redskins appeared to seize the momentum in the second period and outscored LMS 15-3 in the stanza to take an 18-15 advantage into halftime, but Lewisburg began the third quarter with a 6-0 run behind four points from Davis and a Cashion jumper to pull ahead 21-18.
Ahead for good
After Baird and Brooks scored consecutive baskets to stake Algood to a 22-21 lead early in the fourth quarter, Keiler buried a trey from the left wing before Greer knocked down three straight jumpers to give the Tigerettes a 30-22 advantage with 3:15 left.
The Lady Redskins tallied five of the next seven points to cut the deficit to 32-27 with :33 remaining, but LMS held Algood scoreless on their final two possessions while Keiler hit four clutch free throws to seal Lewisburg's 36-27 win.