LMS girls suffer upset in first round of tourney

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Hannah Davis fights for the position in the low post Saturday in the first round of the James C. Haile Tournament at Murfreesboro. Tribune photos by Mike Inglsbee

The Lewisburg Middle School girls brought one of its better teams in recent history into the first round of the large school James C. Haile Tournament at Middle Tennessee Christian School on Saturday to face the underdog Avery Trace Middle School.

The Tigerettes started out hot and took a big lead into the second quarter, but LMS went cold for the remainder of the contest and Avery Trace snuck away from Murfreesboro with a first round upset 32-24.

Missed shots

"We got sloppy at times with the turnovers," LMS coach Chris Coleman said. "But I think the biggest reason we came up a little short today was we missed a lot of really good shots right inside at the goal. I don't think our free throw percentage was very good either. But I couldn't have asked them to play any harder, tougher, or more physical defensively."

The Tigerettes started out with an eight-point first quarter cushion with strong inside play by six Hannah Davis points and a Courtney Agnew put-back for a 10-2 lead going into the second quarter.

Katherine Groves nailed a 3-pointer for the Raiders and the Tigerettes lead was cut to five at 10-5.

With Davis out for the entire second quarter because of foul trouble and the Raiders holding LMS leading scorer Kelsey Keiler scoreless in the first half, Avery Trace went on a 10-2 streak to take a 12-10 lead into halftime.

Strong defense

The Tigerettes scoring woes continued into the third period as Keiler and Davis were held to just four combined third quarter points and the Lady Raiders' Katie Dunaway scored seven points in the frame to push the lead to 21-16 heading into the final quarter.

Kelsey Keiler, who scored six points for the Tigerettes, attempts a corner jump shot.

Keiler and Davis scored four points each in the final quarter, but Avery Trace countered with 11 points and the Tigerettes fell 32-24 to end a memorable season.

The Tigerettes struggled from the free throw line going 1-for-6 and made just 1-of-11 behind the arc for an uncommon shooting performance.

Hannah Davis led the Tigerettes with 14 points and 10 rebounds and Keiler added six points, six rebounds and three assists.

"I'm tickled to death with the overall season we had," Coleman said. "Our motto all year was raising the bar and without a doubt, all together, especially with our eighth grade leaders, we raised the bar with our program."

"As great as they have been on the floor, they were even better off the floor in terms of their work ethic, attitude, character and things like that," Coleman added. "All in all, awesome, tremendous season. It was a privilege to coach these girls."

LMS 8 2 6 8-24

Avery Trace 2 10 9 11-32

LMS (24): Karlye Wiser 2, Courtney Agnew 2, Kelsey Keiler 6, Hannah Davis 14.

Avery Trace (32): Katie Dunaway 7, Julie Dunaway 6, Cassie Shope 4, Olivia Gaw 5, Katherine Groves 5, Mikayla White 1, Karlin Watson 2, Laryn Sissom 1.

Three-point goals: Avery Trace (2) - K. Dunaway, Groves. LMS (1) - Keiler.