LMS Tigers complete season sweep over Whitthorne
The Lewisburg Middle School boys squad hit a late-season winning streak to end the 2016-17 regular season before taking an 11-point loss in the state tournament at Middle Tennessee Christian, and started out this season with two more losses before things turned back around.
Many of the players that helped spur the late season resurgence last season have become leaders on one of the hottest teams in the MidState as the Tigers won eight straight coming into Monday night’s game against Whitthorne.
When the two teams met early in the season in Lewisburg the Tigers won easily and with even more experience under their belt, the boys in blue thumped Whitthorne even harder in Columbia with a 49-11 win.
"I was more impressed with our defense holding them to that few of points because we know we can score, but the difference on this team is our focus on defense," LMS coach David Lovell said. "It's not about the scoreboard. It's about improving every game and being the best team on the court on any given night."
The Tigers were definitely the best Tiger team on the court on this night as the Whitthorne Tigers were held to just two second half points and had just three players log points.
The Lewisburg Tigers (9-2), on the other hand, had eight players score with Devonte' Davis leading all scorers with 15 points and Omarion Alred adding 14 points.
Lamarion Pierce added seven points and Jaden Hurt chipped in four.
Davis and Alred dominated the game from the start with 13 combined points as LMS went into the second quarter with the 13-4 lead.
Davis and Alred continued the dominance into the second period with another 13 points, this time complimented with a drive and bucket by Iyasen Biggers and a free throw from Pierce to extend the LMS lead to 29-9 heading into the half.
The third frame belonged to Pierce as the eighth-grade guard notched six points on strong drives to the hoop and Hurt added four while Davis knocked down his third triple of the game for a 42-11 lead at the end of the quarter.
Ramsey Moore knocked down a three in the final frame, while Jaxson Scribner and Markhiyus Canty each added a bucket to round out the LMS scoring, but the big story of the fourth period was the reserves ability to hold Whitthorne scoreless in the quarter to head back to Lewisburg with the huge 38-point win.
And despite the dominate win, coach Lovell knows that if the Tigers want to make a splash in the end of the season World Tournament in Chapel Hill, there are still improvements to be made.
"We can still get better defensively," Lovell explained. "Especially on the communication part and offensively a little bit crisper ball movement. We hold the ball too long sometimes."
Lewisburg Middle 13 16 13 7 49
Whitthorne Middle 4 5 2 0 11
Lewisburg (49): Devonte' Davis 15, Omarion Alred 14, Lamarion Pierce 7, Jaden Hurt 4, Ramsey Moore 3, Iyasen Biggers 2, Jaxson Scribner 2, Markhiyus Canty 2.
Three pointers (4): Davis 3, Moore.
Free throws (11-19): Pierce 3-7, Alred 4-6, Davis 2-2, Canty 2-2, Blake Hardison 0-2.
Whitthorne (11): Banner 7, Wall 3, Franklin 1.
Free throws (3-6): Banner 1-2, Wall 1-2, Franklin 1-2.
Halftime: Lewisburg 29, Whitthorne 9.