Lafayette boys ride de­fense to hot start

The Catoosa County News - - SPORTS - By Scott Herpst [email protected]

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.

/ Michelle Petteys, Her­itage Snap­shots

Lafayette’s Tyrese Marsh at­tempts to guard Her­itage’s Clint Petteys on a drive in the lane.

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