Guard LaMarcus Lee relied on his outside marksmanship to help Scotlandville get back into contention in the first half. His ability to rise to the occasion at crunch time enabled the Hornets to escape with a victory.
Lee, who buried four 3-pointers, soared through the air to slam home teammate Joshua Roberts’ missed shot with 1:52 remaining and Garrick Green added a pair of free throws with 4.8 seconds to go, sealing Scotlandville’s 48-45 victory Friday over Landry-Walker.
“He just went over everybody,” Scotlandville coach Carlos Sample said. “I’m human, and I wanted to see that. We expect that out of him. He’s been here four years and he’s really starting to come into his own.”
Lee, a Tennessee-Chattanooga signee, led all scorers with 20 points with Green adding 14 and Javante Smart 11, propelling Scotlandville (9-1) to its second victory over Landry-Walker in just over two weeks.
Landry-Walker (4-5), the reigning Class 4A state champions, was a little differently equipped for the rematch with Tevin King and Tirrell Gilmore, part of the football team, in the starting lineup along with 6-foot-9 East Jefferson transfer Blake Paul.
“The future looks good for both of these teams,” Landry-Walker coach Brian Gibson said. “These are the types of games that make you better. It was a hard fought game. We’ll live to fight another day.”
Landry-Walker made up a 39-29 third-quarter deficit with a 10-1 spurt in the fourth quarter, including six unanswered that included Khalil Williams’ lay-in off a steal and assist from Lamar Peters, for a 45-44 lead with 3:08 remaining.
Green missed a pair of free throws with 2:49 left when Lee, a 6-foot senior, rose above the fray to grab Roberts’ miss and responded with a monster slam. Lee pulled himself above the rim, sending a buzz throughout the crowd that included college coaches from LSU, Tulane, UL-Lafayette and Southeastern.
“I just told them to stay the course, basketball’s a game of spurts,” said Sample, whose team scored five points in the fourth quarter. “We just wanted to keep fighting and continue to play.”
Scotlandville, which had fouls to give, alertly fouled Peters just inside of midcourt with 1.9 seconds left. Following a timeout Peters, who averaged 18 points but finished with only a field goal, fired up a shot at the buzzer that was long off the backboard.
King led the Chargin’ Bucs with 16, while Gilmore added 13.
Lee single-handedly erased Scotlandville’s six-point first-quarter deficit, opening with back-to-back 3-pointers in the first 90 seconds to tie the game 12-12.
Lee scored 10 of his team’s 15 points, tying the game twice more on mid-range jumpers, when the Hornets took their first lead at 21-20 at halftime on Smart’s steal and 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Smart broke a 26-all tie with a 3-pointer and Scotlandville, which shot 60 percent in the third quarter, made 4 of its first 5 3-point attempts with Jordan Adebutu’s trey making it 39-29 at the 2:01 mark.
“It could have gone either way tonight,” Sample said. “They played well enough to win and we did also. My hat goes off to them and my kids. They worked hard for it. It’s a young group. I’m proud of this group.”