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Lafayette's Rachel Lia and Kenya Holiday picked up where they left off last season, combining for 31 points during a 53-38 win at home against Denbigh during Monday's season opener.
The Rams jumped out to an early lead as Lia, who finished the game with 19 points, was able to make early buckets by pulling up for uncontested jumpers in transition.
With five of Denbigh's seven first-quarter points coming from Angel Jones, the Rams were content to make other players beat them.
The second quarter was a slow one for Holiday and Lia, who got into early foul trouble in the first half. With the two Lafayette standouts spending more time on the bench than normal Taylor Gubler came up big in the second quarter with five points.
On the other side of the court, Jones continued to have her way with the Lafayette defense and added another six points to her total. Jones finished with 11 points and did not score in the second half.
By halftime, Lafayette held a solid 28-22 lead over the Patriots.
Lafayette's lead ballooned over the next 16 minutes of play as Lia and Holiday got back into their rhythm.
The Rams played more aggressively in the second half, drawing nine free-throw attempts in the third quarter alone. With free throws providing supplemental offense, Holiday splashed a 3-pointer, while Lia hit a pair of long jumpers to pace Lafayette.
A quick third quarter gave way to a long fourth quarter as both teams found themselves in foul trouble. In the fourth quarter, Denbigh attempted 10 free throws, while Lafayette added five.
Denbigh struggled to keep the game close down the stretch, making just four of their 10 free-throw attempts in the quarter. With Denbigh struggling from the line, Lia took over the game and scored six points in the fourth quarter to help the Rams open their season with a comfortable victory.
"That was about what I expected. It was a little helter-skelter and a little chaotic," Lafayette Coach Dan Downs said of the first game. "Rachel and Kenya showed leadership and controlled the tempo of the game."
With a win to start the season, Lafayette (1-0) will now prepare for a quick turnaround on the road against Warhill Tuesday.
Denbigh: 7 15 8 8 — 38
Lafayette: 15 13 15 10 — 53
Denbigh: A. Jones 11, Scales 7, Longhorn 5, Grigsby 12, E. Jones 3
Lafayette: Gubler 5, Hairston 4, K. Blake 4, Mooradian 3, Lia 19, Holiday 12, R. Blake 6
3-point goals: Denbigh 1 (Scales), Lafayette 3 (Gubler, Lia, Holiday)
WCA Girls Rout Denbigh Baptist
The Williamsburg Christian Academy girls basketball team earned its third win of the season Monday, cruising past Denbigh Baptist 65-21 at home.
A dominating performance by the Eagles, WCA outscored Denbigh Baptist in the first quarter, in which WCA put up 31 points.
Kaylee Boger, who finished with a game-high 23 points, scored 13 points in the first quarter for WCA.
With a 51-10 halftime advantage, WCA was able to sub in bench players in the second half and ease to the finish line.
WCA (3-1) will prepare to travel to Nansemond-Suffolk Academy on Thursday.
Denbigh Baptist: 2 8 2 9 — 21
WCA: 31 20 12 2 — 65
Denbigh Baptist: Schindler 13, Lensch 4, Gregg 2, Copeland 2
WCA: T. Jones 10, Davie 4, A. Jones 11, Musfelt 2, Boger 23, Franklin 11, Chillers 2
3-point goals: WCA 3 (Boger 2, A. Jones)