Lexington Catholic boys exact payback with rout of Lafayette in district semifinals

Seniors lead Catholic to fast start

mfields@herald-leader.comFebruary 24, 2011 

Lexington Catholic hit the delete button on all memories of last year's loss to Lafayette in the boys' high school basketball district semifinals by thrashing the Generals 88-69 in the 43rd District semifinals Wednesday night.

After missing the region tournament for the first time in 24 years last season, the Knights weren't about to let it happen again. They attacked host Lafayette with full fury in the tournament rematch.

Led by seniors Scott Schuette and Taylor Martin, Lexington Catholic built a 51-23 halftime lead, and stretched it to 63-27 midway early in the third quarter.

Coach Brandon Salsman sat his starters the last eight minutes, and Lafayette made the final score more respectable.

"We definitely came out with a lot of energy, especially in the first quarter and first half," Martin said. "Part of it was we remembered last year, but also it was a district game and everybody's fired up for those."

Next up for No. 6 Lexington Catholic is a date with No. 12 Tates Creek in Friday's district finals. The teams split a couple of low-scoring contests during the regular season. Both teams will advance to the 11th Region tournament in Richmond next week.

Lafayette had more to worry about than Lexington Catholic. Generals Coach Greg Coldiron surprised his team by announcing Wednesday morning he was stepping down immediately because of health issues.

Lafayette assistant Sean Noble handled the duties Wednesday night, but it's doubtful that Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski could've made a difference against an inspired Lexington Catholic team.

"What happened with Coach (Coldiron) weighed heavily on all our minds," Noble said. "We said a prayer for him before the game, and I thought the kids were as up as they could get.

"But we ran into a buzz saw. That's a great Catholic team that played great."

Salsman knew Lafayette recalled last year's upset, "so we wanted to make sure we forgot it. When you've got four senior leaders like we do (Schuette, Martin, Seth Beckham and Hunter Porter), that's going to translate into a lot of energy."

Schuette led the Knights with 20 points, 18 in the first half, and six rebounds. Martin had 19 points, 11 rebounds and six steals. Beckham added 10 points.

Lexington Catholic delivered the knockout punch midway through the first half. Leading 31-18, they went on an 11-0 run, capped by eight straight points by Schuette.

"When they get on a roll like that, it's hard to answer," Noble said.

Lafayette's long night included 23 turnovers and 37 percent shooting.

Dee Yarbrough, one of the few seniors on the roster, led the Generals with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Jackson Davis had 13 points and 10 rebounds.

LAFAYETTE (9-19) — Yarbrough 7-17 2-2 22, Davis 4-10 5-6 13, S.Johnson 2-7 0-1 4, Trisko 1-5 0-0 2, Chester 1-2 4-4 6, B.Johnson 2-5 0-0 4, Wilkerson 3-11 0-0 8, Burlingham 1-1 0-0 3, Evans 0-1 1-2 1, Ross 2-3 2-2 6. Totals 23-62 14-17 69.

LEXINGTON CATHOLIC (22-6) — Martin 4-12 10-14 19, Schuette 9-13 0-0 20, Beckham 4-13 2-4 10, Floyd 3-7 2-2 9, Woomer 3-4 3-3 9, Whitman 2-4 0-0 4, Keller 3-7 2-2 8, Avare 1-2 0-0 3, Muncie 1-2 0-0 2, Streepey 0-3 0-0 0, Porter 0-1 0-0 0, Trigg 1-3 0-0 2, Bennett 1-1 0-0 2, Schroeder 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 32-73 16-22 88.

Lafayette 6 17 14 32—69

Lexington Catholic 22 29 19 18—88

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