LAFAYETTE —When Lafayette High raced ahead of Carencro quickly on Friday night, the Bears’ plan to slow the pace of the game sputtered.
The Lions used a 13-3 first-quarter run to grab a 12-point advantage on the way to a 65-50 victory over Carencro in a Distric5 3-5A game.
“That was one of our best starts of the season,” Lafayette coach Clifton Brown said. “We were able to put pressure on the ball, force missed shots and get good looks in transition on offense.”
The Lions enjoyed a 21-9 lead after eight minutes. Corey Davis, who finished with a game-high 20 points, scored on a three-point play with 32 seconds left in the quarter to give the Lions a 19-9 lead. Jevon Figaro closed the quarter with a steal and a layup at the buzzer to account for the 12-point cushion.
“We were able to hit Carencro with pressure, and they had to fall back,” Davis said. “We have nowhere to go but up. We just have to keep doing those same things.”
Lafayette maintained the double-digit lead throughout the second quarter — raising it to 21 at halftime thanks to another buzzer-beating layup. This time, Keshawn Young accomplished the feat after an offensive rebound.
The Bears closed the gap early in the third quarter. They pulled within 13 at 37-24 on a basket by Dandre Dudley.
“We got caught up in their game, and they did a great job of making us play their game plan,” Carencro coach Christopher Kovatch said. “We knew we wouldn’t be able to run with them.”
The Lions kept the fast pace going and pushed the lead back to 19 by the end of three quarters. Davis and center Christian Freeman started the fourth quarter with back-to-back baskets to give Lafayette a 55-32 lead. Freeman finished with 10 points for the Lions (16-3, 5-0)
Dudley had 19 points, including one of the Bears’ 3-pointers.
“We usually make five or six 3-pointers a game, but we weren’t able to hit tonight until near the end of the game,” Kovatch said. “We picked a bad night to go cold.”
Jacob Siner had 11 points for the Bears, who fell to 12-9 and 3-2.