LMS Tigerettes open season with win

Friday, October 28, 2016
Dionna Crutcher knocks down one of her game high three 3-pointers in the Tigerettes' 39-26 win over Columbia Academy. Tribune photos by Mike Inglsbee

The Lewisburg Middle School Tigerettes opened the 2016-17 season on the heels of an upset loss at the sectional tournament, but with an almost entirely new starting line up the home team looked like the Tigerettes of old with a 39-26 win over Columbia Academy in a game that was never in question.

"It's always great to start the season with a win," LMS coach Chris Coleman said. "I felt like we had a good week of preparation coming into tonight's game. We had a good plan and the kids came out and played incredibly hard and we executed especially on the offensive end with our shot making. We scored 39 points in the first game of the season and I'm very, very pleased with that."

Dominant team

The Tigerettes were unstoppable on the offense end with a potent inside-outside combination with Dionna Crutcher on the wing with 13 points on three 3-pointers and Israel Hurt dominated the paint with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Abby McGehee added four points and Sydney Tidwell knocked down a third quarter triple to keep the Tigerettes fully in charge.

"Our biggest plus tonight other than effort was shot making," Coleman added. "We moved the ball. I know we had several girls that made multiple baskets. So whenever you have balanced scoring at the middle school level that's when you have a real chance to be successful."

Crutcher broke an early 6-6 tie with a foul line jumper with 10 seconds remaining in the first quarter for the early 8-6 Tigerette lead.

Israel Hurt (11) grabs the offensive rebound and scores two of her team-leading 17 points for the Tigerettes.

LMS jumped out on the Bulldogs at the start of the second quarter with a layup by Hurt off the inbounds play followed by Crutcher's first 3-pointer of the night and another layup by Hurt on an assist from Crutcher as the home team took a commanding 15-6 lead.

Anna Heffington nailed a 3-pointer right before the halftime buzzer to cut the Tigerette lead to 21-13 but the Bulldog run would be short lived.

Building a lead

Crutcher and Tidwell each knocked down a 3-pointers in the third period and a McGehee bucket pushed the Tigerettes' lead to 30-17 entering the final quarter.

The Bulldogs did not give up, but another Crutcher 3-pointer and a four Hurt points in the paint held off another Columbia Academy rally.

Despite the 13 point win over the Bulldogs, the Tigerettes still have facets of the game to work on to get better heading into the game versus the Raiders.

"I feel we can work harder on rebounding," Coleman said. "I thought there were lapses in the game where we just didn't rebound the ball the way that we've got to."

"Columbia Academy was a little quicker to loose balls during stretches," Coleman continued. "There were several possessions where we gave up anywhere from two to four offensive rebounds. We can't do that against good teams, they'll make you pay."

CA 6 7 4 9 26

LMS 8 13 9 9 39

CA- Karley Harakas 7, Emma Grace Rosser 6, Anna Heffington 6, Abigail Adkins 3, Karli Quillin 2, Emily Mesco 2

Three-point goals- Heffington 2, Adkins 1

LMS- Israel Hurt 17, Dionna Crutcher 13, Abby McGehee 4, Sydney Tidwell 3, Tayleona Davis 2

Three-point goals-Crutcher 3, Tidwell 1