LAFAYETTE — In a shocker, 14th-seeded White Castle upset home-standing and third-seeded Lafayette Christian 48-44 in a second-round playoff contest Monday evening.
Both teams struggled for much of the evening from the free-throw line, but with the game on the line, White Castle’s Shane’quekia Young hit two free throws with 17.7 seconds remaining. Those two free throw stretched the Lady Bulldogs’ two-point lead to four, sealing the win for White Castle, which advances to face Merryville in the Class 1A quarterfinals.
In a game that came down to the wire, a slow start doomed LCA. Using a half-court trap for much of the first quarter, White Castle forced six turnovers, two coming in the first minute alone.
Without being able to get into any kind of rhythm, LCA went 0-for-10 from the floor.
While the offense was late-arriving, the LCA (27-6) defense showed up on time, surrendering seven points in first period to trail 7-0.
As the second quarter unfolded White Castle began forcing the ball inside to junior Brooklyn Falcon — a trend that continued the rest of the evening.
“We felt she was quicker than their post (LCA’s Reagan Lantier),” White Castle coach Tammy Pierce said. “And as long as she could get in good position, we would be OK in the post.”
Falcon led White Castle with 16 points.
White Castle appeared to be running away with the game until LCA’s Erin Rogers drained a 3-pointer at the 3:39 mark. Rogers was fouled on the shot and then hit the free throw, causing the gym to come alive for the first time.
At halftime, LCA trailed 17-10.
After intermission, coach Errol Roger’s team used a full court press to slow down the White Castle offense.
Jeanne Fontenot contributed six points off the bench and LCA was able to knock home two 3-pointers and trailed 34-28 as the game moved into the final quarter.
LCA held White Castle to 14 points in the quarter but was never able to muster quite enough offense.
“We had a really good game plan put together by my assistant coach,” Pierce said. “We knew had an advantage inside and would be able to rebound any shots that were missed.”
Senior Ajia Robinson scored a team-high 15 points for LCA, but no other Lady Knight was cracked double digits.
Even with the lack of offense, LCA was in the game late into the final period of play.