Lafayette boys ride defense to hot start
The Lafayette Ramblers, who began last week as the No. 10-ranked team in Class AAAA by Score Atlanta, added to its seasonopening winning streak with three more victories, including their allimportant first region win.
Last Tuesday, the Ramblers broke a 21-21 tie with Gordon Lee at halftime and used a 24-9 third quarter to score a 55-36 home win over their county foes.
Alex Kelehear had 16 points for the Ramblers, followed by Dee Southern with nine, Decameron Porter with seven and Jalen Ramsey with six. Tyrese Marsh and Andrew Pendergrass had five points apiece. Vyshonn Daniel and Rylan Russell each had three and Asa Deal chipped in with one point.
Friday night in Boynton, Lafayette began Region 6-AAAA play against Heritage and used its trademark solid defense to score a 51-41 win over the Generals.
The Ramblers led by five at halftime and again midway through the third quarter, but big 3-pointers by Daniel and Southern late in the period would give Lafayette some breathing room. Then, late in the fourth, Kelehear and Pendergrass would convert driving layups through traffic to quell a final Heritage rally.
Southern had 16 points to lead the way for the Ramblers. Pendergrass picked up a dozen points and Kelehear finished with 11. Marsh ended his night with six points, while Ramsey and Daniel had three each.
The weekend came to a close with a dominating 63-37 home victory over Trion.
Lafayette’s Tyrese Marsh attempts to guard Heritage’s Clint Petteys on a drive in the lane.