Cougars secure home win
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
In a back-and-forth game that wasn’t decided until the clock hit zero, it was the Lafayette Christian School Cougars (1-2) outlasting visiting Heirway Christian 49-47 on Monday for their first win of the season.
The outcome wasn’t determined until Cameron Gisler stole an inbounds pass as time expired to preserve the two-point win.
The game was tied at 38-38 through three quarters, and that’s the way it remained early in the fourth quarter as both teams struggled to get the ball in the basket.
With 5:30 left in the game and more than two minutes into the fourth quarter, Grant Gedney broke the deadlock with a 3-pointer, and he knocked down another one from long-distance 30 seconds later to
give the Cougars a 44-38 lead.
After Heirway Christian tied it, Gedney made two free throws with 2:19 left to give the Cougars the lead once again.
Lafayette Christian had a two-point lead after Gisler made a free throw with less than three seconds to play, leaving Heirway Christian a final opportunity to win it with a 3-pointer.
Gisler stole the ensuing inbounds pass near mid-court, though, to end the suspense and give the Cougars their break-through win.
Gisler led the Cougars with 15 points while making four 3-pointers, and Connor Gisler added 13 points while making 9-of-10 free-throw attempts.
Gedney contributed eight points, all in the fourth quarter.
In Monday’s girls’ game, Lafayette Christian made a fourth-quarter charge led by Savanna Bryant, but Heirway Christian held on for the 51-44 victory.
Trailing 41-28, the Lady Cougars made a game of it in the fourth quarter with Bryant scoring 14 points, but the deficit was too great.
Bryant led Lafayette Christian with 19 points, and she made three 3-pointers and was 3-of-3 from the free-throw line.
Hana Stevens added 11 points for Lafayette Christian.