High School Basketball

LCA boys unravel Lafayette 77-52

LCA's Taylor Barnette put in a short jumper on his way to scoring 24 points. He also had seven rebounds and five steals.
LCA's Taylor Barnette put in a short jumper on his way to scoring 24 points. He also had seven rebounds and five steals.

Did the Lexington Christian Academy boys' basketball team add an optometrist to its coaching staff this week?

It's a logical question after the Eagles were eagle-eyed gunners in a 77-52 romp at Lafayette Thursday night.

LCA shot a combined 26 percent in lopsided losses to Tates Creek and Lexington Catholic last week, dropping to 39 percent on the season.

But the Eagles locked in their radar against Lafayette, especially in the first half when they shot 53 percent, including 8 of 15 three-pointers, to build a 47-29 lead.

They cooled off a bit in the second half, but still wound up hitting 51 percent overall and 10 of 26 threes.

"We know we've got pretty good shooters, so we thought sooner or later we'd warm up," Eagles Coach Tommy Huston said.

Taylor Barnette, a 6-foot-2 junior left-hander, led the way. He had 19 of his 24 points in the first half, and also had seven rebounds and five steals.

"We worked on screening all week, and we got a lot of open looks tonight," Barnette said. "We found our teammates."

Tyler Harville, a 5-11 sophomore, was on target. He hit eight of 11 shots, including four of seven threes, to finish with 20 points. He also had five assists.

Chris Staton had 10 points off the bench, and Patrick Nickodem added nine points, five steals and four assists.

Once LCA got up on Lafayette, it didn't let up. The Eagles' lead was never less than 16 in the second half, and it grew to as many as 31.

"Sometimes we've had trouble letting teams get back in it, but tonight we pushed the lead out even more," Barnette said. "That was good."

Huston credited his team's defensive play, too, which has been steady all season. Lafayette had 25 turnovers and shot only 31.5 percent.

But the Generals' problems were also self-inflicted.

Late in the first quarter Lafayette starters Jackson Davis and Tranard Chester exchanged words on the court.After Coach Greg Coldiron brought them to the sideline, the verbal disagreement between the players heated up.

Jackson, a standout freshman averaging 15 points and nine rebounds, and Chester, a sophomore, were escorted to the locker room and didn't return until the start of the second half. They spent the rest of the game on the bench.

A day earlier, Lafayette senior starter Tanner Napier and senior reserve Nick Jeter quit the team.

Coldiron said his Generals had been practicing and playing better lately. "But it all broke down tonight. We don't have any chemistry. We've got to find some."

Lafayette did get a strong effort from Bubba Johnson, who hustled his way to 15 points and 12 rebounds. Nick Trisko had nine points and five rebounds, and Dee Yarbrough had seven points.

LEXINGTON CHRISTIAN (8-6) — Barnette 8-14 4-5 24, Harville 8-11 0-0 20, Nickodem 3-7 2-2 9, Staton 5-6 0-0 10, Helton 1-4 1-1 3, Lannertone 1-2 0-0 2, Bundy 2-3 0-0 5, Tesler 1-6 0-0 2, Duncan 1-2 0-0 2, Branham 0-1 0-0 0, Asberry 0-2 0-0 0, Blair 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 30-59 7-8 77.

LAFAYETTE (5-11) — Davis 2-3 1-1 5, C. Johnson 0-5 1-2 1, W. Johnson 6-9 3-4 15, Trisko 3-12 0-0 9, Yarbrough 2-9 3-4 7, Chester 0-1 0-0 0, Evans 1-3 4-6 6, Ross 0-1 0-0 0, Wilkerson 2-4 0-1 5, Sweat-Washington 1-3 2-2 4, Blakely 0-1 0-0 0, Hardin 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 17-54 14-20 52.

LCA 22 25 15 15—77

Lafayette 10 19 12 11—52

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