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LaFayette Lady Bulldogs earn first area win


The LaFayette High girls basketball team picked up a big area win last week, but dropped two out of class contests on the road to move to 2-5 on the season. They hosted Notasulga on Tuesday night, though no results were available at press time.

LHS moved to 1-1 in area play after picking up a big win on the road against Reeltown last Monday, 40-34. Led by the play of Tamara Lyons and Daijahnna Walton, the Lady Bulldogs relied on a big fourth quarter to pull off the come-from-behind win.

Down 22-21 heading to the fourth quarter, LaFayette put up 19 points over the final eight minutes to get the victory. Lyons scored seven of her team-high 11 points in the fourth quarter, including sinking five-of-five free throws. As a team, the Lady Bulldogs sank nine-of-10 free throws in the final quarter.

Despite trailing late in the game, LaFayette led for much of the first half. They had a one-point advantage after the first and led by five at halftime.

Walton finished the game with 10 points and D’essence Boyd had seven, including five in the fourth quarter. Jasmine Pitts and B’yonnah Toles each scored four and both Raven Floyd and Makiya Burdette had two points.

On Thursday, LaFayette fell to one of the top teams in the state, Loachapoka, by a score of 80-28. The Lady Bulldogs were no match for the Indians’ high-octane offense. Loachapoka scored 20 in the first quarter and led 37-13 at the half.

Boyd led LaFayette with 11 points, while Walton chipped in seven in the loss. Floyd added five points and Lyons had three.

LaFayette’s other loss came at the hands of Handley on Saturday, 55-39. The Lady Bulldogs had some success offensively, but couldn’t match Handley’s consistency. Both teams were solid in the first half, with the Tigers gaining a three-point halftime advantage. But LaFayette scored just five points in the third, allowing Handley to pull ahead by eight heading to the fourth. The Tigers got hot in the final quarter, scoring 19 to secure the win.

Pitts had a solid night for LHS, finishing with a team-high 10 points. Lyons scored eight and Walton had six. Shantavia Foster added five points in the loss and both Floyd and Tytianna Smith had four.

The Lady Bulldogs next scheduled game will be in the Smiths Station Invitational Tournament starting Thursday; the tournament will conclude on Saturday. The girls’ first game after the holidays is on January 2 when they travel to rival Lanett.