Harrison Lane played bombs-away from the outside and Ross Jenkins provided a bruising body inside as host Lafayette took down Tates Creek 82-57 in district basketball Friday night.
It was a much improved performance by the Generals from when Tates Creek beat them 59-56 on Dec. 16.
In that loss, Lafayette was 4-for-20 on three-pointers, including Lane's 1-for-6 night.
In Friday's rematch, the Generals made 11 of 27 threes. Lane, a 5-foot-11 junior, was 8-for-13 from long range, including 6-for-8 in the second half. His eight threes were a career high, as were his 26 points.
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"They just started going in, so I kept shooting," said Lane, son of Transylvania Coach Brian Lane. "My teammates kept finding me and I was able to get open shots."
While Lane was lighting it up from outside, Jenkins was asserting himself inside.
In the loss to Tates Creek last month, an under-the-weather Jenkins wasn't a factor. The 6-6 junior had just two points and three rebounds before fouling out. Tates Creek's 6-6 senior Jordan Fucci took advantage and powered his way to 29 points and 20 rebounds.
Jenkins was back to his robust self the second time around. He had 11 points, 13 rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots.
"When he's healthy, that's what you're going to get," Lafayette Coach Mike Mendenhall III said. "I think Ross is probably the best big in the 11th (Region), and he really showed tonight what he can do when he's at full strength."
Jenkins said he was just following the game plan: "The first thing on the board every game is rebound, rebound, rebound."
Tates Creek finished with a 35-33 edge on the boards, nothing like its 47-22 domination in the earlier game.
Fucci had 12 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks.
Desmond Duke led Tates Creek with 17 points, including 9-for-9 at the foul line.
LaShawn Wright added 12 points and five rebounds.
The Commodores were without 6-5 sophomore Isaiah Patterson, who's sidelined after suffering a concussion during a holiday tournament.
Lafayette didn't just have to rely on Lane and Jenkins.
Lucky Jackson had 10 points, six rebounds and five assists. JaJuante Carpenter had 11 points.
After finishing December with a 6-6 record, the Generals have stormed into the new year with victories over Lexington Catholic, Bryan Station and Tates Creek in a span of seven days.
"Not bad," Mendenhall said. "I'll take it."
Jenkins said it's a sign the Generals are coming of age.
"At the beginning of the season we were young and inexperienced," he said.
"The first time we played Tates Creek, we kind of took them for granted. But we've learned not to do that, and we've come out and beat Catholic, Bryan Station and now Tates Creek. We're coming together."
Lane seconded that opinion: "We're playing good basketball right now, but we've gotta keep doing our thing and not get satisfied. We've gotta keep pushing."
Lafayette 82, Tates Creek 57
Tates Creek (7-7) — Fucci 12, Bell 2, Duke 17, Wright 12, Sturdivant 8, Porter 3, Sweet 1, Barksdale 2.
Lafayette (9-6) — R.Jenkins 11, Lane 26, Jackson 10, Downey 7, Carpenter 11, J.Jenkins 4, Greenup 7, Watkins 2, Saunders 2, Wharton 2.
Tates Creek 15 12 14 16—57
Lafayette 15 25 18 24—82