LAKE CHARLES — For the second straight year, Lafayette Christian had its bid for a state title foiled by a dominant Madison Prep squad.
The No. 3 seed Knights fell 72-46 to top-seeded Madison Prep in the Class 1A final Saturday in Burton Coliseum at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Boys Top 28 tournament.
Madison Prep (35-1) smothered the Knights (30-4) on defense and scored almost at will on its way to the second state championship in program history.
“Hats off to Madison Prep,” LCA coach Byron Starks said. “They came out and played aggressively today. They were just the better team on this particular moment.”
Lafayette Christian freshman Greg Williams was the only member of the Knights who seemed able to get anything going on offense early, scoring his team’s first nine points and finishing with 16.
Madison Prep senior guard Brandon Sampson, a St. John’s commitment, capped his high school career with an efficient 19-point game in which he shot 7-for-9 from the field. He was named Most Outstanding Player.
Madison Prep topped LCA in the state semifinals last year.
Sophomore Joshua Anderson added 18 points, four rebounds and three steals in a performance that he felt showed he will be ready to take the torch from Sampson as a leader for the Chargers next season.
“(Sampson) is a great leader,” Anderson said. “He steps up, and he knows how to communicate and what to tell us. He’s very mature. I learned a lot from him, and next year I’m going to have to step up and be a leader.”
The Knights took a 2-0 lead in the first minute on a jumper by Williams, but that was their only lead. Madison Prep put up the next 14 points and never let Lafayette Christian get close.
Starks said Madison Prep’s length and athleticism posed a number of problems for the Knights, especially on offense.
Madison Prep held Lafayette Christian juniors Jacob and Kalob LeDoux — who came into the game averaging a combined 34 points — to just seven points in the first half and 20 for the game.
Starks said the defensive effort from the Chargers made it difficult for his team to get anything going offensively and led to a number of buckets on the other end of the floor.
“They got a lot of transition buckets,” Starks said. “Guys hit some shots early in the ballgame and a lot of free throws, and they just kind of coasted from that point on.
“I thought our guys came out and gave a valiant effort, and we did the best we could.”