No. 11 Lafayette 77, No. 2 Mercer County 59: Harrison Lane and Jajuante Carpenter combined for 41 points as Lafayette defeated Mercer County, the state’s last remaining unbeaten team in the Jock Sutherland Classic.
The Generals ended a four-game losing streak, turning it around by hitting three-pointers that hadn’t dropped in as of late. They were 12-for-23 from long range.
Mercer County entered having won its first 24 games of the season. Lafayette came in with wounds from Friday night’s 72-43 shellacking at LCA still fresh.
“It felt good playing at home again,” Carpenter said. “We gotta keep working on our shots and hopefully they keep falling.”
Generals Coach Mike Mendenhall said there were a couple of ways Saturday night could’ve went considering his team’s play of late. After the Titans jumped out to a 7-2 lead, he thought, “Oh no, here we go.”
But Lafayette stuck with it and claimed its first lead at 17-14 with about six minutes left in the second quarter and never looked back.
“We were back to having fun,” said Mendenhall, who thought the Generals lost a bit of that after a big loss at Dunbar kicked off their losing streak. “All of a sudden we felt all this pressure and the world was collapsing. Tonight we got back to doing what we love and that’s playing basketball.”
No. 1 Paul Laurence Dunbar 67, No. 18 Central 65: For the second time this season, the Bulldogs needed some last-second heroics against Central. Dontell Brown delivered this time with a go-ahead layup with one second to go. Taveion Hollingsworth, who provided the game-winner in the teams’ previous meeting, led the way Saturday with 26 points. Darius Willams added 15 and Brown finished with seven.
No. 5 Scott County 69, No. 19 Fern Creek 44: Bryce Long led the Cardinals’ balanced attack with 13 points, three rebounds and three assists. Cooper Watts added 12 points and five steals.
Owen County 75, North Laurel 71 (OT): The Rebels’ Carson Williams was 16-for-18 from the field, scoring 43 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. The Jaguars got 30 points and four assists from Peyton Broughton.
No. 8 Franklin County 85, Cooper 51: Princess Stewart scored 22 points, including three three-pointers, and had eight rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks for the host Flyers. Teammate Rebecca Cook’s 20 points included four threes.
No. 4 Male 92, No. 24 Scott County 68: Emilia Sexton went 5-for-9 from three-point range and finished with 19 points to lead the Bulldogs. Peyton Riddle scored 20 for the Cardinals
No. 1 Butler 51, No. 6 Manual 25: The top-ranked Bearettes limited the Crimsons to 15 percent from the field (6-for-40). Molly Lockhart had 14 points, 12 rebounds and two blocked shots for Butler.
No. 2 Elizabethtown 60, South Warren 42: Erin Boley went 13-for-16 from the field, including three three-pointers, and had 31 points and 15 rebounds in the Panthers’ win. Annaya Lasley had 29 points and seven rebounds for South Warren.