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Despite missing starting point guard Timmy Woollum due to an injury sustained during Monday's season-opening win against Denbigh, Lafayette's offense functioned smoothly during a 66-45 home victory against Warhill on Wednesday.
Starting in place of Woollum was Keyshawn Jefferson, who made his presence felt early and often during his three quarters of play en route to a game-high 17 points.
"Without having Timmy, that hurts us a lot. So, that was a positive that we got through it," Lafayette Coach Bobby Woollum said. "We hope to have him back Friday."
With a more aggressive play style than Timmy Woollum, Jefferson made a point to drive the basket early and often, drawing – and making – seven free-throw attempts in the game.
Jefferson took over the first quarter with his penetration, scoring nine points in the process. While the Warhill defense keyed in on Jefferson, other Lafayette players found themselves with open looks from other areas of the court.
While the Lafayette offense ran wild, a young Warhill team struggled to handle a full-court press from Lafayette. Through the first four minutes of play, Lafayette held a 14-6 lead over the Lions.
Warhill entered the second quarter more composed, stringing together a 10-4 run to cut Lafayette's lead to six points.
Trey Neville put an end to Warhill's comeback hopes, however. Neville controlled the paint and scored seven of his 11 points in the second quarter to help Lafayette regain control of the game.
Neville capped off the first half in style, hitting a transition layup to beat the buzzer and giving Lafayette a 37-19 halftime lead over the Lions.
The Rams came out on fire in the second half, forcing Warhill to turn the ball over on five of its first six possessions. With turnovers mounting for Warhill, Lafayette strung together an 11-0 run to blow the game open.
With a 55-25 lead heading into the fourth quarter, Lafayette started giving reserve players some much-needed minutes.
Much to the dismay of Woollum, his reserve players committed numerous fouls over the final eight minutes of play and allowed the Lions to attempt 18 free throws in the fourth quarter.
The Lions, especially Lamont Lewis, capitalized on the abundance of free throws in the fourth quarter. Lewis scored all eight of his points in the fourth quarter.
Despite Warhill's 20 fourth-quarter points, Lafayette was still able to coast to a commanding victory.
That did not stop Woollum from using the victory as a teaching moment for his younger players.
"I hope we learn that we have to finish games, because we did not finish that game," he said. "When guys that aren't playing a lot get opportunities to go in and play, they have to go in and play. We didn't do a good job of that tonight. ... They need to learn what it takes to finish ballgames."
Lafayette (2-0) will host Smithfield Friday, while Warhill (0-1) will travel to play York.
Lafayette: 20 17 18 11 — 66
Warhill: 8 11 6 20 — 45
Lafayette: Jefferson 17, Adderty 12, Edwards 6, Underwood 4, Neville 11, Canaday 11, Ware 2, Parrot 1
Warhill: Ashby 8, Troy-Wilson 3, Stovall 4, Davis 4, Belle 5, Anzola 6, James 3, Lewis 8, Brooks 4,
3-point goals: Lafayette 2 (Adderty 2), Warhill 2 (Troy-Wilson, James)
York Rally Falls Short Against New Kent
After trailing by 18 points at halftime, York came within six points of New Kent twice in the second half.
Unfortunately for the young Falcons squad, New Kent staved off the late push and cruised down the finish for a 67-48 victory.
The Falcons found themselves in a 14-point hole after the first quarter, which made hanging with New Kent an even taller task. As the game progressed, York's players settled into a rhythm but were unable to completely overcome the early deficit.
Jesse Kimrey led the way for the Falcons with 21 points, while Jack Nanartowich and Rayvon Patrick each added eight points.
York (0-1) will look to rebound during a home game against Warhill on Friday.
York: 8 15 17 8 — 48
New Kent: 22 19 16 10 — 67
York: McFadden 5, Patrick 8, Kimrey 21, Bert 4, Martinez 2, Nanartowich 8
New Kent: Lugg 2, Ashford 3, Claytor 21, Brown 16, Cox 11, McCaughan 2, Woodley 4, Reeders 5, Downer 3
3-point goals: York 2 (Kimrey 2), New Kent 5 (Claytor 3, Ashford, Brown)
Three-Point Barrage Lifts Smithfield Over Bruton
In a battle between two of the top projected teams in the Bay Rivers District, Smithfield drained nine 3-pointers en route to a commanding 75-60 win against Bruton on Wednesday evening.
The Panthers struggled to find a rhythm on offense in the first quarter, which allowed Smithfield to generate transition scoring opportunities.
Things evened out in the second quarter, but Smithfield's hot shooting gave the Packers a 36-24 halftime lead.
Danji Taylor's 17 points and Jalen Carr's 14 points helped spark a minor comeback for Bruton as the Panthers got within seven points of Smithfield in the fourth quarter.
A late round of 3-pointers from Smithfield put the game out of reach for Bruton as the Panthers opened their season with a tough loss.
Bruton (0-1) will play host to Grafton on Friday.
Bruton: 8 16 21 15 — 60
Smithfield: 16 20 22 17 — 75
Bruton: Taylor 17, Adkins 9, Jones 8, Carr 14, Calloway 6, Teach 4, Danek 2
Smithfield: Shepherd 7, Turner 19, Bryant 2, Jones 21, Pierce 13, Stafford 11, Elliot 2
3-point goals: Bruton 4 (Adkins 2, Taylor, Calloway), Smithfield 9 (Turner 4, Jones 2, Pierce, Shepherd, Stafford)
Jamestown Opens Season with Upset Over Tabb
New Jamestown Coach Donovan Bridgeforth earned a statement win in his first game Wednesday.
Behind 19 points from Connor Swain and 15 from Evan Wang, Jamestown hit the road and upset Tabb 67-54.
The two teams were evenly matched through a high-scoring first quarter before Jamestown went on a quick run to gain a slight advantage in the second quarter.
By halftime, the Eagles held a 38-31 lead over the Tigers.
Jamestown did not pull away in the third quarter, instead playing a more defensive style and tacking on an additional point to their halftime lead.
The fourth quarter saw Jamestown begin extending its lead on Tabb as Mason Wang got into the scoring mix, finishing the game with 13 points.
Jalin Jordan scored 16 points for Tabb in the loss.
Jamestown (1-0) will visit Poquoson on Friday, while Tabb (0-1) will travel to take on New Kent the same night.
Jamestown: 19 19 10 19 — 67
Tabb: 19 12 9 14 —54
Jamestown: E. Wang 15, M. Wang 13, Schmidt 6, Swain 19, Brown 11, Upscump 3
Tabb: Jackson 5, Brown 2, Jansen 17, Eleby 4, Jordan 16, Hunter 7, Smith 3
3-point goals: Jamestown 7 (E. Wang 3, M. Wang, Swain 2, Brown), Tabb 6 (Jackson, Jansen 4, Hunter)
Walsingham Cruises Past Christchurch
Richard Washington scored a game-high 30 points to propel Walsingham Academy to a 73-36 road win against Christchurch on Wednesday.
After an even first quarter between Walsingham and Christchurch, the Trojans dominated the remaining three quarters during the blowout victory.
The Trojans built an eight-point lead by halftime and played stingy defense in the second half to keep Christchurch from finding any semblance of offensive rhythm.
Walsingham (3-0) will look to continue its perfect start to the season during this weekend's Trinity Episcopal Dale Travis Invitational.
Walsingham: 13 16 22 22 — 73
Christchurch: 13 8 11 4 — 36
Walsingham: Washington 30, Blow 2, Jones 4, West 8, Forest 3, Demodna 2, Stewart 14, Vicetic 1, Ptachek 9
Christchurch: Gordon 4, Kirkmyer 2, Rice 12, Yeze 2, Stillanos 6, Johnson 6, Shivers 6
3-point goals: Walsingham 5 (Washington, West 2, Stewart 2), Christchurch 1 (Johnson)
Grafton Dominates Poquoson
Grafton opened Wednesday's season opener against Poquoson on an 18-0 run and never looked back en route to a 68-36 road win.
The Clippers faced little resistance from the Islanders, as Kiran Durant and Brent Parker tied for a game-high 14 points.
Grafton (1-0) will face a tough test Friday when they travel to take on Bruton.
Individual statistics were not reported for this game.
Grafton 68, Poquoson 36