Cougars hold on for home win

By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor

January 21, 2014

The Lafayette Christian School Cougars made the plays late to preserve a 48-46 victory over Solid Rock Christian Academy on Tuesday.

Solid Rock used an 11-0 run to pull even late in the fourth quarter, but the Cougars got it done in the final minute to collect the GISA Region 4-A win.

After Solid Rock tied it, Blake Spradlin scored to give the Cougars a 46-44 lead.

Spradlin then came up with a big defensive rebound, and he made a pair of free throws to push the lead to four, and the Cougars held on for a two-point win.

Spradlin finished with 14 points, and he made all five of his free-throw attempts.

Aaron Dixon led the Cougars with 15 points, and Lafayette Christian coach Rene Gomez said he did a lot of his damage by being aggressive on offense.

“He had one of his best games attacking the basket,” Gomez said.

Sam Marshall, meanwhile, made a big impact by taking three charges while pulling down seven rebounds.

One of Marshall’s charges came with 1:10 remaining and the game still tied.

The Cougars led 37-33 through three periods, and they went on a 7-0 run to extend their lead to 44-33 in the final quarter.

Solid Rock answered with its 11-0 run, but Lafayette Christian stayed poised and secured the win.

“It was a great, great victory,” Gomez said. “A lot of guys stepped up.”

LAGRANGE ACADEMY: The Warriors were unable to overcome a slow start against visiting Furtah Prep on Tuesday.

Furtah Prep started the game on a 16-3 run, and it went on to claim a 74-56 victory.

LaGrange Academy coach Britt Gaylor said Chase Wardlaw and Daniel Wardlaw “both played exceptionally well in the second half.”

Gaylor also said that “Zach Alsop also had his best game of the season giving us eight points and sparked us with leadership and hustle.”