High School Basketball

Girls: Lafayette 56, Lexington Catholic 41

Goose's cousin was worth a three-Dee gander Thursday night.

Dee Givens scored 20 points to lead Lafayette to a 56-41 win over Lexington Catholic in a girls' 43rd District contest.

A cousin of 1978 NCAA Tournament hero Jack "Goose" Givens, Dee Givens shot 4-for-9 from three-point range. She also contributed five rebounds and four steals.

"She was our spark tonight," said Allison Denton, coach of the Lady Generals (13-11). "I knew my big girls were going to get double-teamed, and we worked on that. Of course that's kind of the m.o. for everybody that plays us. The big girls did a good job of catching it and looking, and not forcing things up. ... That opened up shots for everybody else.

"We played really good man-to-man defense, and I'm just really proud of the effort. We rushed a few things, but when they started to make a run, Dee made a run for us."

Lafayette's "bigs" — 6-foot-3 Ashanti Thomas and 6-0 Sarah Cooley — finished with identical totals of eight points and 11 rebounds.

Thomas also had four blocks, while Cooley had two assists and a steal.

Ken'yale Demus scored nine points.

With a 22-17 halftime lead, Thomas asserted herself in the second half.

"I think I got more aggressive because I knew my team needed me in rebounding and scoring," Thomas said. "And play more defense to help us get a lead."

The proof came in a 15-4 third-quarter advantage.

Catholic came no closer than nine points in the fourth quarter, on a Bailey Browning three-pointer with 1:13 left.

The Lady Knights (8-14) beat Lafayette 54-47 in the Bourbon County holiday tourney, but lost 41-29 in a Jan. 14 district matchup.

Catholic has lost six in a row and eight of nine.

"They're so big, and we have to give up something. We gave up some threes tonight, and they hit them," Catholic Coach Scott True said. "We've got to be a little more patient on offense. We forced some shots tonight.

"They did a really good job of making us go outside-outside because Ashanti's such a good shot-blocker. If we execute a little better and get a little better shots, maybe we can hang around a little longer. But we got impatient in the half-court. When you get impatient against that size, it's going to end badly for us, and it did tonight."

Octavia Wilson scored Catholic's first nine points and finished with 14. Browning and Rachel Blake scored six each, and Blake led the team with eight rebounds.

Givens was one of the few straight shooters in the game.

"I just shot the ball. That's all," she said.

The key, she said, was "Defense. Getting back. Because they shoot a lot of threes from the corner. And just playing like we've been playing for the past three games."

Overall, the Generals shot 21-for-63 (33.3 percent), 5-for-17 (29.4) from three-point range and 9-for-10 at the foul line. They totaled 42 rebounds and seven turnovers.

Catholic shot 14-for-49 (28.6), 5-for-19 (26.3) beyond the arc and 8-for-8 free throws.

The Knights had 35 rebounds and 15 turnovers.

Givens' first trey of the night gave the Generals a 10-3 lead, and the margin was 12-5 through one quarter.

She added a pair of second-quarter bombs, and her fourth made it 37-19 for Lafayette late in the third quarter.

LAFAYETTE 56, LEXINGTON CATHOLIC 41

LEXINGTON CATHOLIC (8-14) — Blake 6, Wilson 14, Lynch 4, Cawood 4, Browning 6, Miller 5, Gadberry 2. Totals 14-49 8-8 41.

LAFAYETTE (13-11) — Cooley 8, Thomas 8, Givens 20, Nagahiro 6, K.Demus 9, Pankins 5. Totals 21-63 9-10 56.

Lexington Catholic 5 12 4 20 — 41

Lafayette 12 10 15 19 — 56

Three-point goals — LC 5-19, L 5-17.

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