By Pamela Holloway
It’s was a jammed packed gymnasium on Friday night at the Dog Palace in LaFayette, when the LaFayette High Bulldogs hosted county rival the Lanett Panthers.
The atmosphere was filled with anticipation, the crowd was in a frenzy, and the Panthers and Bulldogs were set to do battle.
The Bulldogs came out strong from the outset of the first quarter and set the tone for the night. The Bulldogs scored 23-points in the first quarter while the Panthers only had 17-points to give the Dogs a six point advantage. The second quarter was owned by the Bulldogs outscoring the Panthers 23 to 13 to take a 44-30 lead into the half.
LaFayette’s Matavias Burton was a man child for the Bulldogs scoring 20-points in the first half.
As the third quarter began Lanett came out with a full court press that seemed to catch the Bulldogs off guard. Lanett’s pressure defense troubled LaFayette and the Panthers cut the Bulldogs lead down to four points at one point in the third quarter.
The Dogs didn’t fold and stretched the lead back to 10-points by the quarter’s end. The fourth quarter would be a combination of runs by both squads. Lanett would make its last gasp for a comeback with a late push to get to within one point of taking the lead over the Bulldogs.
But, the resilient Bulldogs didn’t fold and stood their ground, responding to the Panthers run with a run of their own.
LaFayette would go on to defeat Lanett by 11-points, 82-71. The Bulldogs remain undefeated on the season. Matavias Burton was on fire for the Bulldogs pouring in a season high 35-points. Corey Boston and Antavious Woody both scored 11-points each.
Lanett was led in scoring by Ken Ken Dozier with 20-points. Ken Ken Story dropped in 15-points and Zamiran Boozer added 10-points.
In girls action the Lady Bulldogs stepped up to the Lady Panthers challenge and squeaked by the Panthers 53-51. The Lady Dogs and Lady Panthers battled from the tip off until the fourth quarter buzzer with neither team giving an inch.
It was the strong play of LaFayette senior Feliah Greer that gave the Bulldogs the edge. Greer ended the night with a game high 28-points, while teammate Ebony Williams scored 15-points.
Lanett was led in scoring by Breanna Glaze with 15-points and Jayla Higgins added 10-points.
The Lady Bulldogs are on a two game win streak and look to get better as the season progresses.
The Bulldogs and Panthers will face off again on January 17, in Lanett, Alabama.