By Pamela Holloway
The LaFayette Bulldogs faced off with area foe the Lanett Panthers on Friday February 10th for the area championship.
The Dogs and Panthers were tied at 1-1 on the season, with the area tournament to determine the who will host a home regional game and who will be on the road.
This was the third meeting between the two teams and it was a packed house at the Dog Pound to witness this battle first hand.
The game started out at a quick pace with the Panthers gaining a early advantage.
The Bulldogs made a surge midway through the first half to hold a slight edge at the half 34-33.
In the second half the Bulldogs started the third quarter slow and the Panthers jumped out to a early nine point lead over the Dogs 43-34.
The Panthers never relinquished the lead and even though the Dogs battled back they ended up falling short to the Panthers 76-68.
The Bulldogs were led in scoring by My’Kale Trammell with 24 points. Jatarvious Whitlow poured in 21, Devin Foreman had 8, Corey Boston put in 7, Jarmarquez Boston Gaines had 3, Montavious Burton with 3 and Jordan Wallace closed out the scoring with 2 points.
Emanuel Little of Lanett led all scorers with 26.
The Bulldogs will travel to Vincent on Tuesday, February 14, to face the Vincent Yellow Jackets for a chance to play in the regional tournament at Jacksonville State University on Thursday.
It’s win or go home now for the Dogs, with a loss ending the Bulldogs season and a win taking them to JSU for a chance to be regional champions.