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Lafayette shot lights out as a team Saturday evening, knocking off Grafton 72-50 on the road in a big victory that put the Rams over .500 on the season.
Grafton came out playing a triangle-and-two defense in an attempt to slow down Lafayette’s guard combo of Rachel Lia and Kenya Holiday.
Unfortunately for the Clippers, Holiday and Lia were too hot from the field to slow down for all four quarters. Holiday finished with a team-high 23 points, while Lia added 19 points.
Lafayette held a five-point edge over Grafton after the first quarter, but outscored the Clippers 22-11 in the second quarter to take a 43-27 halftime lead.
The Rams got a spark off the bench from Destiny Rivera, who scored 13 points and drained three 3-pointers.
Despite Grafton playing tight defense on Lafayette, the Rams simply kept hitting shots during the blowout victory.
“I’ve just got to tip my hat to them,” Grafton Coach Tommy Bayse said. “They simply outplayed us tonight.”
The Rams were able to use their hot shooting to cruise over the final two quarters to a comfortable 22-point win.
Lafayette (8-7) will travel to play Poquoson on Tuesday, while Grafton (7-8) will visit Warhill that same day.
Lafayette: 21 22 15 14 — 72
Grafton: 16 11 11 12 — 50
Lafayette: Rivera 13, Hairston 2, K. Blake 6, Lia 19, Holiday 23, McKnight 6, R. Blake 3
Grafton: Cunningham 27, Franklin 8, Hare 8, Swann 2, Smith 5
3-point goals: Lafayette 7 (Rivera 3, Lia, Holiday 3), Grafton 3 (Cunningham 3)
Johnson Logs Double-Double in Jamestown Rout of New Kent
Jamiyah Johnson logged her 13th consecutive double-double on the season Saturday afternoon with a performance that included 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Behind Johnson’s efforts, the Eagles cruised to a comfortable 74-42 win at home against New Kent.
The Eagles dominated New Kent from the opening tip, outscoring the Trojans 26-4 in the first quarter before establishing a 50-9 halftime advantage.
Scoring slowed down for Jamestown in the second half as Jamestown Coach Mary Glisan began subbing in reserve players to close the game.
Jamestown (11-5) will continue its season on the road against Bruton on Tuesday.
New Kent: 4 5 12 21 — 42
Jamestown: 26 24 18 6 — 74
New Kent: Slater 1, Goodlet 9, Yates 7, Davis 11, Glover 7, Gray 7
Jamestown: Simmons 19, Johnson 17, Williams 10, Graves 6, Boyd 8, Weisflog 5, Mingo 2, Knotts 3, Peterson 4
3-point goals: New Kent 1 (Yates), Jamestown 2 (Knotts, Johnson)
Bruton Pulls Away Late Against York
After a slow start, Bruton’s girls basketball team managed to pull away from York down the stretch in a 66-45 home win Saturday.
York took advantage of Bruton’s man-to-man defense early, which allowed Madison Van Dyke to drive the lane early and often. Van Dyke led York with 20 points.
Bruton adjusted by switching to a zone defense, opting to clog the paint and let York attempt outside shots. The strategy paid off as York struggled to find room in the post and could not connect on 3-pointers and long jump shots.
The Falcons kept things interesting through three quarters, trailing Bruton 32-23 at halftime and sitting behind seven points heading into the fourth quarter.
Both teams came out aggressive in the fourth quarter and drove the lane, earning foul shots in the process. The Panthers proved the more aggressive team, getting free throws more frequently and pulling away down the stretch by outscoring York 21-7 over the final eight minutes of play.
Bruton (11-4) will host Jamestown on Tuesday, while York (2-12) will host Tabb that same day.
York: 8 15 15 7 — 45
Bruton: 11 21 13 21 — 66
York: Issacson 2, Van Dyke 20, Schoat 13, Horner 6, Winfree 4
Bruton: Samuels 22, Johnson 4, Freeman 2, Pettigrew 2, Thomas 1, Ferguson 3, Wynne 5, Sluss 18, Matthews 1, Lucas 8
3-point goals: York 4 (Van Dyke, Schoat 2, Horner), Bruton 2 (Sluss 2)
Walsingham Controls Boards in Win Over Steward School
Walsingham Academy dominated the glass during a 39-25 home win against Steward School on Saturday.
The Trojans pulled down 45 rebounds, which trounced Steward School’s 22 rebounds.
After an even first quarter, Walsingham took a six-point lead in the second quarter and held a 20-14 halftime edge.
The Trojans extended their lead by two points in the third quarter before pulling away in the fourth quarter by outscoring Steward School 13-7 over the final eight minutes of play.
Walsingham (5-10) will continue its season Tuesday with a road game against Cape Henry.
Steward: 8 6 4 7 — 25
Walsingham: 8 12 6 13 — 39
Steward: Laibstain 8, Mescall 4, Gonzalez 14, Schuartz 2
Walsingham: Williams 15, Marcombe 10, Julien 6, McBeath 6, Riggs 2
3-point goals: N/A