LMS girls win, boys fall against E.A. Cox
LMS traveled to E.A. Cox Thursday night and came away with a split over the Cougars as the Tigerettes won 27-22 before the boys lost the nightcap 47-35.
The Tigerettes (6-1) opened up against with a dominating first-quarter performance behind four points inside by Hannah Davis and a three by Karlye Wiser. A suffocating defense held the Columbia squad to just two first-quarter points.
The Tigerettes continued their balanced scoring attack in the second quarter with four points from point guard Kelsey Keiler, two in the paint from Courtney Agnew and a nice shot by Jenna Hill for a 17-10 halftime lead.
"We tried to use our length to disrupt what they wanted to do and I think we did a pretty good job of that for the most part," LMS coach Chris Coleman said. "Also, I felt like we really looked to push the tempo early."
Kelsey Keiler added another four points in the third quarter and Hannah Davis chipped in two more to outscore the Cougars 6-4 in the quarter, but the Tigerettes allowed the home team to stay within striking distance heading into the final stanza.
"We had some opportunities to score in the third quarter that we just didn't take advantage of," Coleman said. "And likewise, they came out and hit us with a set play or two to get back in it."
Early scores pay
The Cougars went in for the kill in the final quarter, outscoring the Tigerettes 8-4 behind six Makiyah Edwards' fourth quarter points to go with her game-high 15 for E.A. Cox.
The Tigerettes early margin proved to be too much to overcome for the Lady Cougars despite holding the Tigerettes to just four fourth-quarter points and LMS took home the win.
Kelsey Keiler scored a team-high 14 points and Hannah Davis chipped in six points for the Tigerettes.
"I'm proud that we were able to finish with a win," Coleman said. "Due to some careless turnovers down the stretch and some critical mental errors we let them back in the game and we were fortunate enough to get out of here tonight with a win."
Cox 47, LMS 35
The Tigers faced a much tougher task against a Cougar squad resembling a high school junior varsity squad instead of a middle school team led by six-foot-three center David Bailey.
The Tigers got off to a rough start, finding themselves down 10-0 just two minutes into the game behind a suffocating Cougar full-court press, prompting LMS coach David Lovell to call an early timeout to let the Tigers regroup.
"I told them it's still early, there's still a lot of time left," Lovell stated. "We've just got to take it one possession at a time, play good defense, take care of the ball and compete."
A more focused LMS team took the floor after the timeout and two Silas Hurt treys and a bucket each by Javarria Rucker and Andrew Gold cut the Cougar lead to 16-9 by quarters end.
The Tigers stayed hot in the second quarter, outscoring the Cougars 7-6 in the frame led by the sharp shooting of Matthew McCormick, who nailed a 3-pointer and a pull-up jumper to lead the scoring in the quarter.
The Cougars size and depth finally caught up to the Tigers in the third quarter as E.A. Cox scored 19 points to just six for LMS.
"We had too many turnovers to win," Lovell said. "We've got to take better care of the ball and make better decisions."
The Tigers did make one last run at the Cougars in the fourth behind six points from A'Ky Howard, but Bailey proved to be too much for the undersized Lewisburg team and the home team came away with the win.
Good and bad
"There were some good things that stood out and obviously there are some things we need to work on," Lovell pointed out. "So we're going to acknowledge the good, but we're also going to work and improve on the negative things."
Howard led the LMS charge with eight points, while Gold and McCormick were one behind with seven points apiece.
Hurt had six points, Canelius Turner finished with three, and Bryson Hughes and Rucker each had two points to round out the Tiger scoring.