LMS Tigerettes squeeze to win over Lady Cougars
In the first game of twin bill Thursday night at the Shelton Gymnasium in Lewisburg, the LMS Tigerettes escaped with a wild 27-26 win over the EA Cox Lady Cougars.
In the first half, both teams did not score many points as they shook off some holiday rust.
Israel Hurt, who led all scorers in the contest with 13 points, scored the first three points of the game on a free throw and a bucket in the low post, but that would be all the scoring in the first quarter for the Tigerettes.
The Lady Cougars came up with six points in the opening period as O'Naijah Wade and Kaitlyn Cox knocked home a pair of rebounds and Janzyha Riley made two free throws.
EA Cox made it eight points in a row on a Kaitlyn Cox bucket to begin the second quarter before Abby McGehee made a field goal to break the Lady Cougars scoring streak.
Both squads went cold again as the second quarter clock wound down, but a Riley bucket was followed by a Hurt conversion in the low post as time ran out, making it a 10-9 ballgame in favor of the Lady Cougars at the half.
After one made free throw by Tashiyah Lyles, the third quarter belonged to the Tigerettes, beginning with the rally sparking 3-pointer by Karlye Wiser at the five minute mark.
A missed shot by the Lady Cougars led to a fast break bucket on a pass by Dionna Crutcher to Hurt, forcing an EA Cox timeout.
Another unsuccessful field goal out of the stoppage was also converted into two points when Sydney Tidwell found Crutcher on the run for a layup, making it 16-11.
EA Cox fought back, going on a 5-2 mini run, cutting the LMS lead to two points.
The Tigerettes followed with a Tidwell baseline drive for a hoop that sparked an 8-0 burst before Lyles nailed two free throws to end the third quarter with LMS in the lead at 26-18.
The Lady Cougars did not fold, taking advantage of some cold shooting by the Tigerettes in the fourth quarter.
The visitors came roaring back, cutting the LMS lead to two points at 26-24 on a Spring Holland basket with 17 seconds remaining in the contest.
McGehee stepped to the free throw line for a one-and-one situation with 10 seconds left and buried the first attempt, but missed the second shot and EA Cox called timeout.
The Lady Cougars set up the play in the huddle and executed it perfectly, passing the ball into the low post to Lyles, who kissed it off the glass and was fouled with one second remaining in the game.
Unfortunately for Lyles and the Cougars, she just missed the potential game tying free throw and the Tigerettes escaped with the win.
LMS plays in the James C. Haile Middle School Tournament at Middle Tennessee Christian School on Saturday when they face North Middle School at 11:30 a.m.
EA Cox 6 4 8 8-26
LMS 3 6 17 1-27
EA Cox (26): Janzyha Riley 8, O'Naijah Wade 8, Tashiyah Lyles 6, Kaitlyn Cox 2, Spring Holland 2
Free throws (6-for-12): Lyles 4-for-5, Riley 2-for-3, Cox 0-for-4
LMS (27): Israel Hurt 13, Dionna Crutcher 6, Karlye Wiser 3, Abby McGehee 3, Sydney Tidwell 2
3-point goals (1): Wiser
Free throws (2-for-12): Hurt 1-for-9, McGehee 1-for-2, Tidwell 0-for-1
Halftime score: EA Cox 10, LMS 9