The LaFayette boys looked impressive last week, picking up three wins to improve to 12-4 on the season. The Bulldogs got out of class wins over 5A Beauregard and 4A Handley and picked up their second area win of the season over Horseshoe Bend.
The Bulldogs completed a season sweep of Beauregard on Tuesday on the road in a tight contest 59-51. LaFayette got contributions from several players at key moments and was solid from the free throw line, hitting 11-of-15 attempts, in the win.
Jatarvious Whitlow led the Bulldogs with 21 points, while Trevond Barnes added 14, including six in the fourth.
The win came much easier against Horseshoe Bend on Thursday, though it took LaFayette a while to get going. In fact, the Generals actually led 11-8 after the first quarter. After the rough start, the Bulldogs settled in would go on to win 58-26.
Ten Bulldogs scored in the win, with Barnes leading the way with 14. J. Whitlow finished with 12 and Maurice Foster scored eight. Zen Heard had seven points and both Quentavious Whitlow and Jamal Sims scored four.
LaFayette’s final game of the week came at home against Handley on Saturday. The Tigers had defeated the Bulldogs in their first meeting on December 13, but it was a much different story this time around.
What had been a tight game turned into a blowout, as LaFayette played maybe their best quarter of basketball in the fourth to earn a 69-52 win.
Foster, Quentin Ray and Kaminski Bledsoe were especially strong, combining for 19 LaFayette points over the final eight minutes. LHS would outscore Handley 29-13 in the fourth to secure the win.
Foster finished with 13 points, while Ray had 10 and Bledsoe had nine. J. Whitlow scored 13 as well and Barnes had eight. Heard finished with six in the win.
The Bulldogs will travel to Valley on Saturday to face the county rival for the first time this season. LaFayette will return home next Tuesday when they host Reeltown in a big area showdown.
*For full story see this week’s print edition of The Sun.