LMS ousted from Haile tournament

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Lewisburg's (5) Wesley Walker, shown here against E.A. Cox, scored 17 points in the Tigers' 48-44 loss to Cornerstone on Friday night. Tribune photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Both Lewisburg Middle School basketball teams were eliminated from the James C. Haile Tournament in the quarterfinals last week. The Tigerettes were defeated 26-7 by Macon County Junior High on Thursday night before the Tigers (10-5) dropped a hard fought 48-44 decision to the Cornerstone Yellow Jackets on Friday evening at Middle Tennessee Christian School.

Tigerettes

After turning in one of their best offensive performances of the season in their first round victory over Algood, the Tigerettes (5-10) couldn't get anything going on Thursday, as Macon County inched out to 3-2 lead in the first quarter before outscoring Lewisburg 6-0 in the second period to take a 9-2 advantage into the break.

The Tigerettes cut the deficit to 11-5 late in the third quarter thanks to a three-pointer from point guard Demariae Ingram, but Macon County pulled away down the stretch and ended the game with a 15-2 run to close out their 19-point victory.

"Their defensive pressure really bothered us. Macon County had a very aggressive and organized full court press that disrupted us offensively. We really had trouble breaking it and getting into our half court sets," said LMS coach Chris Coleman.

Keeley Carter led Macon County with 12 points, while Marah King and McKaylee Mix tallied six and four points respectively.

Ingram paced the Tigerettes with five points and Kelsey Keiler chipped in two points.

Tigers

Playing without starting forward Devon Wilson, the Tigers found themselves in an early hole on Friday and trailed 16-13 at the end of the first quarter before trimming the deficit to 21-19 in the second period with the help of two threes from shooting guard K.J. Johnson.

Cornerstone managed to stave off Lewisburg in the second half and stretched their lead to 31-28 in the third quarter prior to outscoring the Tigers 17-16 in the fourth period to escape with the four-point win.

"They hurt us on the boards in the first half and that probably wouldn't have been an issue had Devon been there," said Lewisburg coach David Lovell. "We also didn't turn them over much so we couldn't get out in transition and get some easy baskets."

Sidney Brewington paced the Yellow Jackets with 15 points, while Craig Mangrum, Blake Metgzar, and Donavan McCalister notched nine, eight, and seven points respectively.

Johnson and point guard Wesley Walker carried much of the offensive load for the Tigers, as they both poured in 17 points. Malik Thomison and Miciah Greer tallied four points apiece for Lewisburg as well, while Keshun Gentry chipped in two points.