Senior shines in season-ending loss
By Kevin Eckleberry firstname.lastname@example.org
Despite a career day from senior David Curry, the Lafayette Christian School Cougars were unable to beat Solid Rock Academy on Wednesday in a do-or-die game.
In a play-in game in the GISA Region 4-A tournament, Solid Rock outlasted Lafayette Christian 53-49.
While Solid Rock advances to the tournament semifinals, the season ended for the Cougars.
Curry, one of three seniors on the team, had a school-record 35 points, but no other Lafayette Christian player scored six points.
Curry also set a school record for points in a season, and head coach Rene Gomez said he provided “four years of great, solid basketball. He really took the leadership role this year.”
The other two seniors are Chaz Benefield and Blake Spradlin.
Gomez said Benefield played “outstanding all year on defense. He always drew the toughest assignments.”
As for Spradlin, Gomez said “he helped everywhere. He would help us out on the rebounds, and offensively this year he really came into his own.
The Cougars were down 20-7 after the first period, and Gomez said nothing went right.
“We couldn’t rebound, we couldn’t hit a layup. We couldn’t pass the ball, and we were turning it over,” Gomez said. “We just weren’t moving the ball. We were stagnant.”
The Cougars fought back to make a game of it, and they got as close as one point in the fourth period, but they never pulled even or took the lead.
“We just weren’t making shots,” Gomez said.
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