Basketball is all about bouncing back.
Just ask Lexington Christian Academy.
After LCA gave a flat performance and lost in the first round of the boys' Touchstone Energy All "A" Classic last week, Coach Tommy Huston was confident his Eagles would fly high again soon.
"I knew we were a good team before the All 'A,' and I knew we'd be a good team after the All 'A'," he said.
Never miss a local story.
He may not have known how good, however.
After blitzing Paul Laurence Dunbar 80-43 Tuesday night, LCA leveled No. 14 Lafayette 74-50 Friday night.
Will Evans led the Eagles' assault with 31 points, including the 1,000th of his career, and 11 rebounds.
"We were really disappointed when we lost to University Heights (in the All 'A') but we knew it wasn't the end of our season," Evans said.
"We proved this week we're still a good team."
LCA was great in the second half against Lafayette.
The Eagles led 33-27 at halftime despite missing 11 of 12 three-point shots.
They came out firing in the third quarter and were 6-for-6 from long range, with lefty Taylor Barnette going 4-for-4.
"When he gets hot, you can't stop him," Evans said of the sophomore sharpshooter.
Barnette finished with 20 points, six rebounds and six assists.
Evan Stephans contributed 11 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals.
LCA shot a blistering 76 percent (16-for-21) in the second half as it ran away from the Generals.
"We looked at the chart at halftime and our two best shooters (Barnette and Stephans) were 1-for-10 (on threes)," Huston said.
"We knew if we started hitting we had a chance to open things up."
With Evans dominating inside and Barnette sniping from the perimeter, the Eagles were too much for Lafayette to handle.
Generals Coach Greg Coldiron made no excuses.
"I've said all year LCA's talent, style and coaching were as good as anybody's in the region," he said. "They were the better team tonight. They took us to the woodshed."
Lafayette never got its signature fast-break going.
"They did a good job not letting us get up and down the court," Coldiron said.
Dee Yarbrough had 12 points for the Generals. Domonique Hagans had 10 points and five rebounds.
Lafayette lost for only the third time in 20 games, and Coldiron is optimistic his team will return to form.
"I'm not down on the kids," he said. "We've got five seniors who'll lead us, and we'll bounce back."
That's what basketball is all about.
Just ask LCA.
LAFAYETTE (17-3) — Hagans 5-9 0-1 10, Yarbrough 5-10 1-2 12, Napier 2-9 0-04, Walker 3-9 0-1 8, Davis 1-4 0-0 2, Burton 2-4 3-6 8, Jeter 0-0 1-2 1, Shaw 0-1 3-4 3, Chester 1-1 0-0 2, Miller 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 19-48 8-16 50.
LEXINGTON CHRISTIAN (14-7) — Evans 13-20 4-8 31, Barnette 6-12 3-5 20, Kindred 0-0 0-1 0, Stephans 5-10 0-0 11, Gullett 2-3 0-0 4, Helton 1-2 0-0 2, Nickodem 1-1 0-0 2, Bundy 2-2 0-0 4, Guy 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 30-51 7-14 74.
Lafayette 9 18 12 11—50
LCA 14 19 30 11—74