Posted On: 02/23/18 9:49 PM
A packed house at Lexington Christian Academy saw the home team Eagles pull off another 43rd district championship win, this time knocking off the Lafayette Generals. Lexington Christian has now one consecutive district championships, having knocked off down-the-road rival Lexington Catholic last season. Last season was it’s first championship in program history.
from the tip, Lexington Christian was the aggressor. Coach Nate Valentine and the Eagles started the game working inside, going right at Layfayette and sophomore big man Ray Surratt. Lexington Christian’s Carter Hendrickson, Austin Hall, and Kyle Rode all stand 6’5 or taller, and all three established a presence early. Then, Kyle Rode started getting hot from deep, making the Generals have to step out and guard the three – eventually opening up driving lanes and spacing the floor more for the Eagles. Lafayette would end the 1st quarter down 28-10.
Lafayette’s forte all season has been pressing in the full-court off made baskets. Struggling to score on Lexington Christian’s length made it difficult for the Generals to pressure the Eagles and create transition scoring opportunities in the first half. Senior guard Eric Powell would give Lafayette a bit of a boost on a couple possessions. LCA would take a 35-18 lead into halftime.
The General’s would get it going a bit to start the 2nd half by hitting a couple big threes from senior Cameron King, allowing them to finally set up in their signature press. Lafayette would get it within 10, but it was not enough. A huge 2nd half by Kyle Rode and Lexington Christian would lead the Eagles to a 72-46 win. Both teams will move on to play in the 11th Region tournament.