Lafayette teams sweep Boyd-buch tourney titles
As it turned out, one Thanksgiving tournament championship just wasn’t enough for Lafayette High School last week.
Both the Ramblers and Lady Ramblers brought Boyd-buchanan Thanksgiving Tournament titles back to south Walker County last Tuesday night as both teams went 2-0 in the event.
The Lady Ramblers won their season debut last Monday with a 47-31 victory over host Boyd-buchanan in the opening round.
Freshman Mykeria Johnson had a huge high school debut with 17 points, five steals, four rebounds and three blocks. Megan Wilson finished with 10 points. Marquila Howell had eight points and pulled down a dozen rebounds, while Latyah Barber had six points, five steals and four assists.
Nicky Yancy had five points and Ashton Stalling rounded out the scoring with two for the Lady Ramblers.
The following night, facing Chattanooga Central in the final, the Lady Ramblers led 22-14 at halftime and pulled away in the fourth quarter as they outscored the Lady Pounders, 15-4, en route to a 53-32 victory.
Barber had 19 points and five steals in the victory. Johnson had eight points and six rebounds, while Wilson finished with seven points. Howell had six points, five rebounds and four steals. Three points each from Hailey Bryant and Grace Hamilton, along with two points by Alyssa Estus, rounded out the scoring.
On the boys’ side, the host Bucs came into their first-round game last Monday night undefeated on the season, but that modest winning streak came to a close with a 62-50 loss to Lafayette, who won their season opener.
The Ramblers hit nine 3-pointers as a team. Five of those came off the fingertips of Alex Kelehear, who finished with 19 points. Dee Southern had 14 points, while Tyrese Marsh and Jalen Ramsey had eight points apiece. Vyshonn Daniel added seven points, while Rylan Russell and Andrew Pendergrass dropped in three points each.
Lafayette senior Dee Southern goes in for a lay-up against Chattanooga Central. The Ramblers beat the Purple Pounders to win last week’s Boyd-buchanan Thanksgiving Classic.
Among those on hand to witness Heritage senior Mallory Lowe sign on to play at softball at Tennessee-martin were Heritage assistant coach Megan Crawford, Heritage head coach Tanner Moore and Heritage assistant coach Courtney Crawford.