LAFAYETTE — The Lafayette Christian Academy basketball team tightened its grip on its District 7-1A lead Tuesday when it routed Hanson Memorial 100-57 on the Knights’ home court Tuesday night.
The Knights’ (21-3, 8-0) opened the game on a 32-2 run that stretched into the second quarter and never relented.
“I think it was a good clean game for us,” Lafayette Christian coach Byron Starks said. “We executed well offensively.
“We did a good job defensively as well as far as getting hands on the ball and keeping guys in front of us.”
After scoring only two points in the first quarter, Hanson (11-11, 3-5) found its rhythm in the second quarter, tallying five 3-pointer and 21 points in the second quarter.
But the damage had already been done, as the Tigers were unable to put a significant dent in the Knights’ lead.
Stark said each win becomes more important as district play continues and his team inches closer to the playoffs.
“Right now it’s important that we play well,” Starks said.
“As long as I’ve been playing and coaching, I know February is a time you want to peak, but not peak too soon. You want to keep playing well but also keep everybody healthy.”
Junior guards Jacob and Kalob LeDoux led Lafayette Christian, combining for 43 points.
The brothers’ dominance has become a trend this season, and Starks said they pose a matchup problem for almost every opponent they face.
“I tell them every night that when they come out and do what they’re capable of doing, this team is a different ball team,” Starks said. “When those two guys fulfill their role, it makes it hard for any opponent to guard us.”
While Lafayette Christian’s starting five scored 71 of its 100 total points, it showed off a bit of depth in the second half as 12 Knights scored.
Starks said that kind of balance will be invaluable later.
“It’s important for us to keep everybody in some form of rhythm,” Starks said. “Everybody needs to understand the offense and the defense and be ready when their number is called upon.”
Despite the impressive win, Starks said his team’s performance could still be better in several facets, including rebounding and passing.
“We can’t just settle for a 40-point win and think that we have arrived because we have not,” Starks said. “There will be some more opponents down the line that are really going to give us more challenges, so we need to prepare for that.
“We just need to do what we do. If we play hard and we play smart, we’re going to be alright.”
Both teams will be back in action Friday, when Lafayette Christian looks to extend its win streak Friday as it travels to Ascension Episcopal, and Hanson returns home to host Central Catholic.