High School Basketball

Runnin', gunnin' Generals top Madison Central

Lafayette's boys' basketball team, under first-year coach Greg Coldiron, is off to a fast start in more ways than one.

The Generals ran their record to 4-0 by beating Madison Central 95-75 Thursday night. Compared to their 0-7 and 0-8 starts the last two years, that's a lightning start.

Lafayette is doing it in up-tempo fashion, with a fast-break, fire-it-up style that is averaging 87 points a game.

The Generals rang up 59 in the first half against Madison Central, not only with transition baskets but also dead-eye (9-for-18) three-point shooting.

Mike Walker led Lafayette with 28 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and four assists. The 6-foot-1 senior left-hander stroked four threes.

Dominique Hagans, a 6-2 senior, had 16 points and seven rebounds.

Providing a boost off the bench were two more seniors, John Burton (14 points, five rebounds) and Eric Shaw (13 points, eight rebounds). Shaw, a football star, is playing hoops for the first time since he was a freshman.

Coldiron knew his team's quickness and athleticism would create offense, and he expected Walker and Tanner Napier to be reliable perimeter scorers. But he's been pleasantly surprised by how well Burton, Hagans and Shaw have been shooting from the outside.

"These kids worked their butts off this summer and fall, and it shows," he said.

Coldiron also liked the way his team reacted when Madison Central cut a 21-point deficit to nine early in the third quarter.

"I was anxious to see how we'd handle adversity, and when Madison Central made their run, I was proud of the way we responded," he said.

After the Indians pulled to within 72-63, Lafayette went on a 16-2 run to regain control and cruise to victory.

Madison Central Coach Allen Feldhaus has a strikingly young and inexperienced roster. The Indians graduated the top seven players off last year's team, and their lone senior is out with a season-ending knee injury.

Brenton Covington, a 6-foot junior, led Madison Central with 22 points. Nick Ford had 18 points and eight rebounds. Jared Pyatt added 14 points.

Coldiron, a former head coach at Cawood, Russell County and Powell County, said he's "always liked my teams to run and score, but it'll be interesting to see how we react when somebody locks us down and keeps us in the 60s."

Lafayette will get its toughest test of the young season when it faces No. 9 Tates Creek on Tuesday.