In Tuesday’s nightcap, Lafayette jumped out to an 8-2 lead early, only to see the Purple Pounders rally to take a 13-12 lead at the end of the first quarter. But Lafayette would hold Central to just six points in the second quarter as the Ramblers went into the locker room with a 23-19 advantage.
The four-point cushion would remain after the third quarter, but Lafayette would explode offensively in the final eight minutes, outscoring Central 19-8 to win the championship, 56-41.
Kelehear had 10 points in the fourth quarter. He was a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line in the final period and was 8-for-8 for the game. Southern finished with 17 points, while Pendergrass had 13 points, including three 3-pointers. Russell hit two 3-pointers to account for his six points.
Both Lafayette teams were scheduled to host Walker County rival Gordon Lee on Tuesday. Lafayette will open Region 6-AAAA play at Heritage on Friday before hosting Trion in non-region games on Saturday.