LMS Tigerettes let first win slip away

Friday, December 15, 2017
Leading LMS scorer Israel Hurt goes up strong for two of her game-high 13 points.
Tribune photos by Mike Inglsbee

The Lewisburg Middle School Tigerettes game into Monday night’s game at Whitthorne Middle School without a win in 2017, but the last time the two squads squared up the loss was a close one.

The Tigerettes (0-11) looked ready to finally add one in the win column by taking a 20-12 lead into the final quarter, but Whitthorne outscored LMS 20-7 in the final frame to take the win in heartbreaking fashion, 32-27.

"We have to be able to handle pressure," LMS assistant coach Micah Anderson said. "We are working on ball handling but we're young. We have improved and we did better tonight but it still needs a little work."

"We did a better job guarding their shooters tonight," Anderson added. "The last time we played them one player hit like four threes, so we focused on shutting her down and we did a good job at that tonight."

The Tigerettes were led by Israel Hurt with 13 points, Carly Edde with six points, and Taylor Leverette with four points.

Whitthorne was paced by 10 points from Lucy Burks and eight points from Jillian Brown, all of which came in the decisive fourth quarter.

The first half was a low scoring affair with the Tigerettes taking just a 4-0 lead on a bucket apiece from Hurt and Edde to end the first quarter as Whitthorne raced back to take a 10-9 lead behind eight second quarter points from Burks.

The Tigerettes started the third period with two free throws from Hurt to regain the lead at 11-10 and pushed the lead to 15-12 on a pull-up bank shot from Caroline Hollingsworth with 3:01 left in the period.

LMS put an exclamation point on the third frame when Hurt stole the ball and went coast-to-coast for the lay-in to take a 20-12 lead going into the final quarter with the momentum firmly on the Tigerettes’ side.

WMS slowly picked apart the LMS lead with an Alissa Huey offensive rebound and put-back followed by Kanuas Phelps steal and layup to trim the lead to 20-16.

The Tigerettes countered with a beautiful give-and-go from Mallory Woodard to Hurt for a 22-16 edge, but WMS responded with an NBA range triple off the glass by Patton Powers and finally another steal and layup by Brown to tie the game at 22-22 with half a quarter remaining.

LMS briefly retook the lead on a driving lay-up by Hurt, but a questionable fifth foul on the eighth-grader took the Tigerettes leading scorer out of the game with three minutes remaining.

Taylor Leverette drains the only Tigerette 3-pointer of the game in the loss to Whitthorne on Monday night.

Edde knocked down two free throws and Leverette hit one-of-two free throws to extend the LMS lead to 27-24, but that would be the last points for Lewisburg as Brown hit four free throws to end the game and give Witthorne the come from behind victory.

"We always say to finish the game strong," Anderson said. "We got to the end and weren't able to close the gap once we lost the lead. Next late game scenario we have to keep our composure and finish strong."

Lewisburg Middle 4 5 11 7 27

Whitthorne Middle 0 10 2 20 32

Lewisburg (27): Israel Hurt 13, Carly Edde 6, Taylor Leverette 4, Caroline Hollingsworth 2, Mallory Woodward 2.

Three pointers (1): Leverette

Free throws (8-14): Hurt 5-8, Leverette 1-2, Kayla Keiler 0-2.

Whitthorne (32): Lucy Burks 10, Jillian Brown 8, Alissa Huey 5, Kanuas Phelps 4, Patton Powers 3, Azliaya Banks 2.

Three pointers (3): Burks 2, Powers.

Free throws (7-26): Brown 4-7, Phelps 2-4, Huey 1-3, Powers 0-6, Dudley 0-6.

Halftime: Witthorne 10, Lewisburg 9.