Winning night for Cougars
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
The Lafayette Christian School basketball teams pulled off a sweep of visiting LaGrange Academy on Tuesday.
Lafayette Christian’s girls’ team used a dominant second half to beat LaGrange Academy 46-34 and even the season series between the private-school rivals.
LaGrange Academy seemed to be in control in the early going as it surged to a 15-6 lead at the half, but Lafayette Christian took control in the final two quarters.
It was tied at 16-16 when Juleigh Haynes drove to the basket for a layup to give the Lady Cougars a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Haynes scored again with two seconds left in the third quarter to give Lafayette Christian a 21-16 lead.
The lead was four when Savanna Bryant knocked down a 3-pointer, giving Lafayette Christian a 26-19 lead with 5:45 to play.
The Lady Cougars had at least a six-point lead the rest of the way. Hana Stevens and Haynes led Lafayette Christian with 11 points, with Haynes scoring all of her points during the decisive second half.
Estela Llorens added six points, all in the third quarter, and Carmen Bridges scored three points.
Kelsey Cotton led LaGrange Academy with 13 points, Kayla McBride scored six points, and Ivey Portis had four points
In the boys’ game, Lafayette Christian overcame a seven-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat LaGrange Academy 36-34 and improve to 2-0 this season against its rival.
When Brayden Salter made a free throw with 4:52 left in the game, LaGrange Academy had a 32-25 lead.
Connor Gisler hit back-to-back baskets in a 20-second span to get the Cougars within three, and Adam Saylor hit consecutive shots later in the quarter to cut the Warriors’ lead to 34-33 with 1:50 to play.
The Warriors were still ahead by one when Grant Gedney drained a 3-pointer with 1:17 left in the game, giving the Cougars a 36-34 lead.
Gisler clinched the victory when he came down with an offensive rebound following a missed free throw as time ran out.
AJ Parks and Grant Gedney led the Cougars with 11 points apiece, with Gedney scoring seven of his points during the fourth quarter.
Andrew Knight led LaGrange Academy with 17 points.