Turnovers sink Lawrence Co.

Published 6:00 am Wednesday, January 14, 2004

MONTICELLO — Turnovers are one of the most important aspects ofany basketball game. The team that usually takes advantage of theopposition’s miscues winds up winning the game.

McComb made the most of Lawrence County’s misfortunes to capturea pair of Division 6-4A wins Tuesday night in the Lawrence CountyMulti-Purpose Gym.

The McComb Lady Tigers opened the game with a 24-8 first quarterlead and cruised to a 65-43 win over the Lawrence County LadyCougars.

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In the varsity boys game, Lawrence County and McComb bothcommitted 22 turnovers. The Tigers scored 18 points off theCougars’ errors to post a hard-fought 54-49 win.

McComb claimed a 39-35 win over Lawrence County in the juniorvarsity boys game.

McComb 65, Lawrence Co. 43

The Lady Tigers (16-3, 4-0) used a balanced scoring attack forhead coach Carolyn Whitehead. McComb would lead 44-19 at theintermission.

McComb emptied their bench throughout the second half. Theymaintained a 58-29 entering the final 8 minutes.

Lawrence County (6-8, 1-3) made a small run in the fourthperiod, outscoring the Lady Tigers 17-7. Ronesha Garner led thecharge with a game-high 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.Kenyetta Myers added 12 points, 5 steals and 6 assists. EricaBryant and Viola McGowan each grabbed 5 rebounds.

The Lady Cougars are coached by Archie Ross and Lisa Evans.

McComb’s Samantha Felder led 4 Lady Tigers in double-figureswith 15 points. Stacy Morris followed with 14, along with ReneeMcCray’s 12 and Brittani Pickens 11 points. Pickens had 9 reboundsand 4 steals. Felder and Jasmine Patterson dished out 3 assistsapiece.

McComb 54, Lawrence Co. 49

Turnovers and conversions were the difference in the game.Lawrence County only scored 10 points off of the Tigers’ 22errors.

McComb (8-7, 3-1) used a 2-3 zone defense to forge a 15-10first-quarter lead. The Tigers scored the final 6 points of theperiod off of 3 consecutive turnovers by the Cougars.

Lawrence County (7-8, 2-2) fought back to take a 1-point lead,26-25 going into the halftime lockerroom. Cougar post players DavidClark and Justin “JP” Lewis (8) combined for 12 p points in thesecond frame.

Both teams traded several baskets to open the second half. TheCougars led 40-39 entering the final stanza.

The Tigers, coached by Hilton Harrell, opened the fourth with a10-3 run. Harrell’s team led 50-42 with 4:19 left in the game. LCHSnever recovered, cutting their deficit to only 3 points.

McComb reserve guard Chris Brock led the Tigers with 14 pointsand 5 steals. John Thompson had 11 points. Eric Mitchell had 7rebounds.

Lewis led all scorers with 17 points, 12 rebounds and 2 blockedshots. Clark tallied 14 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocked shots and 2drawn charges. Justin Middlebrook and Ray Collins dished out 4assists each. Collins had 3 steals.

Junior varsity boys

Jeffrey Morris pumped in 16 points, followed by Alonzo Minerwith 15 for the Tigers. LCHS got 14 points from Craig Tyler.