Lafayette defeated Carencro 79-63 to remain undefeated in District 3-5A and extend its winning streak to 15 games.
A balanced scoring effort — all five starters scored double digits — and relentless work on rebounding sparked the Lions (24-3, 13-0) to a comfortable victory.
Lafayette coach Clifton Brown said the Lions took advantage of something the coaching staff saw on tape to defeat the Bears.
“We saw on tape that they didn’t box out very well, so we knew we could attack them there,” Brown said. “(Deantre Johnlouis) and (Christian Freeman) were huge for us tonight down there.”
Johnlouis and Freeman scored 16 and 14 points and both had double-doubles.
Johnlouis had a good night grabbing offensive rebounds, using his superior positioning to track down shots and get easy points on putbacks.
Lafayette extended its lead with a 16-5 run to open the third quarter, expanding a 10-point halftime lead into an 18-point lead going into the fourth quarter.
Carencro coach Christopher Kovatch said the Lafayette coaches made an adjustment at halftime to beat the Bears’ press, leading to the big run.
“They were beating our press with cross-court passes and ball movement and then making tough shots at the end of it,” Kovatch said. “Most high school teams don’t make those shots, but they were falling for them.”
The loss spoiled senior night for Carencro. It was the last home game for guard Jacob Siner and center Devante Parker who were honored before the game at halfcourt.
Siner went scoreless in the first half, but caught fire at the end of the third quarter and into the fourth quarter to finish with 22 points. Siner opened the fourth quarter with four straight 3-pointers.
Kovatch said Siner has provided big moments and steady play for the Bears.
“He had a great run at the end there, and he’s had a solid season for us,” Kovatch said.
Carencro short-handed on the night, missing three players who either start or are key cogs in the Bears’ rotation, leading to a lack of experience on the floor.
Kovatch said freshmen have stepped up in the veterans’ absence and provided a spark.
“We played three freshman the bulk of the game,” Kovatch said. “They have really been coming into their own lately, and I thought they had a hell of a game tonight.”
“We knew Lafayette was going to outman us, and I thought those kids did a pretty good job for the most part.”
Freshman Demyras Desparie finished with 15 points, tied for the second highest total.
Lafayette will look to complete its undefeated run in district Tuesday on the road against New Iberia.