LMS basketball season ends at home

Friday, February 6, 2015
KJ Johnson (3) drives the baseline for the Tigers, who lost to Rock Springs Middle School in the TMSAA Area Tournament. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

Its baseball, softball, and tennis time for the Lewisburg Middle School athletes after both basketball teams were eliminated from the Tennessee Middle School Athletic Association Class AAA Area Tournament Monday night at the Shelton Gymnasium in Lewisburg.

The Tigerettes lost 40-12 to Oakland Middle School, while the Tigers' run of great post-seasons ended in a 67-30 defeat at the hands of Rock Springs Middle School.

Tigers

The two-time defending sectional champion Tigers turned the ball over six times in the first four minutes versus Rock Springs and the Smyrna squad made them pay, going up 14-4.

"This is the way it is in life, in sports too, you have your ups and downs and you learn from the down times, you rebuild, and prepare to hit the upswing," said LMS coach David Lovell.

LMS (10-6) tried to comeback as KJ Johnson scored and then stole the ball and scored again, cutting the Blue Knights' lead to 14-6.

DaShaun Prince answered with his second 3-pointer in the first quarter for Rock Springs, who took a 17-8 lead into the second quarter and built on in a hurry.

The Blue Knights soared off to an 11-0 run to begin the period with eight of the points coming on second chance baskets in the paint.

By the time Wesley Walker scored for LMS with less than two minutes remaining in the first half, the Blue Knights had pushed way in front at 28-10.

"They were an excellent team, they had multiple guys who could create, hit multiple shots and they played hard," said Lovell.

Prince would nail another 3-pointer and after a tie-up on the floor, Javonlay Rollings scored for Rock Springs.

LMS stayed cold from the floor as the first half ended on a three-bomb by JJ Platt, extending the Blue Knights' lead to 36-10.

Rock Springs did not take its foot off the gas in the second half, outscoring LMS 19-9 in the third quarter to take a 55-19 lead to the final period.

Both squads scored 11 points apiece in the final six minutes as the Tigers' season came to a close in the 37-point defeat.

"You would like to continue the run of winning championships every year, but overall this was a good year," said Lovell.

"I didn't end up where we wanted to, but I'm proud of the team, we got better."

Tigerettes

Demariae Ingram (15) puts up a jump shot versus Oakland Monday night in Lewisburg.

The LMS Tigerettes had trouble offensively from the start as they were shutout 8-0 in the first quarter versus Oakland and fell behind 12-0 until Demariae Ingram hit two free throws with 4:29 remaining in the first half.

Oakland would go on to lead 19-2 at the half.

"We knew coming in we were going to have our hands full," said LMS coach Chris Coleman.

"They are long, they are athletic and well-coached and anytime it looked like we had an opening to take it to the basket or skip a pass, they were right on us."

The Lady Chargers kept coming, outscoring Lewisburg 18-2 in the third quarter with the Tigerettes' lone field goal converted by Ingram.

In the fourth period, Anna Claire Moses and Kelsey Keiler knocked down 3-pointers for the Tigerettes, who finished the season with a 6-10 record.

"Credit Oakland, they are a very good, all-around team and they were the better team tonight," said Coleman.

"With our performance in the first round of the James C. Haile Tournament in Murfreesboro we played our best game of the year and that was very special, so all in all it was a good solid overall season."