Junior guard Lisa Hack had already beaten Tates Creek's zone for four three-pointers. So when the Commodores' zone extended pressure, Hack drove left and swished a midrange jumper, giving Lafayette a one-point lead with only 9.3 seconds left.
No. 25 Tates Creek (13-9) failed to get off a shot on its final possession, and Lafayette (17-7) pulled out its 10th straight win over its district rival, 48-47.
"We just had to work our girls inside to open up the outside shots," said Hack, who finished withw3 a game-high 18 points. "That's one of my main shots this year. I have confidence in that shot."
The Lady Generals took their first lead of the game with 1:25 to go in the fourth when Hack made another tough jumper in the lane. But Tates Creek senior guard Betsy Goodin followed with a three from the left side to put the Commodores back up by one. A jumper from Lafayette forward Jessica Walker and a subsequent leaner off the glass from Goodin set the stage for Hack's drive and jumper.
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"We put forth a great effort until the last two minutes, and then we played timid," Tates Creek Coach Justin Cheatham said. "We let them penetrate our zone off the dribble and take some pretty sweet shots in the paint that were uncontested and high-percentage."
In the first half, the Commodores took advantage of their height and pulled down 12 offensive rebounds. Center Peyton Hisel had six of her team-high 13 points in the first half, and Tates Creek took a five-point lead into halftime.
"Ninety percent of the game we played in zone to help because we couldn't match up," Lafayette Coach Allison Denton said. "The major thing was we couldn't give them offensive boards, and we did a better job of that in the second half."
Tates Creek junior Jasmine Franklin scored six of her 10 points in the third quarter, and the Commodores maintained their five-point lead going into the fourth quarter, 37-32.
But Lafayette battled back after being down by as many as eight and tied the game on Jariana Gillespie's three-pointer with 2:43 to play.
Goodin added 10 points, and Hisel had 11 rebounds for Tates Creek.
The Creekers broke into Dave Cantrall's Rating the State this week for the first time since the 2004-05 season. Lafayette has now won 10 of their last 12 games.
"Our district is so tough. It's all about matchups," Denton said. "But we'll always focus on our defense because that's our strength."
Lafayette 48, Tates Creek 47
Tates Creek (13-9) — Hisel 13, Goodin 10, Franklin 10, Jonas 4, Kreyenbuhl 4, Olson 4, Drake 2.
Lafayette (17-7) — Hack 18, J.Walker 12, Ross 6, M.Walker 4, J.Gillespie 4, Hanatani 2, Mynear 2.
Tates Creek 15 10 12 10 — 47
Lafayette 8 12 12 16 — 48