TRENTON — Opening the Class 1A playoffs on the road last week, the Lafayette High girls basketball team slayed a giant in defending state champion Trenton.
Bouncing back from a six-point halftime deficit, the Hornets seized the lead in the third and never let up, winning 56-47 on Thursday. With the win, LHS advanced to the regional final, which is Tuesday night at Madison County.
Trailing 27-21 at the break, LHS (17-9) went on an 8-0 run in the third to grab a 38-32 lead that it never relinquished. The Hornets led 41-37 after three.
Playing ahead in the fourth, Lafayette eventually pushed its lead to 11 in the final minutes.
Renee Clines led the Hornets with 20 points, while Charlie James and Haley Rosenbaum each added 12. Brooklyn Fleming finished with 11 for LHS.
The playoff win at Trenton comes after the Tigers (21-6) had twice topped Lafayette in the regular season. Trenton won 58-53 on the road in December before downing the Hornets 48-43 at home in January.
The Hornets now get their fourth shot at Madison County, which won the other regional semifinal, 71-35 against Branford.
The Cowgirls jumped on top 16-3 after the first quarter and then extended a 32-17 halftime lead into a 58-29 advantage after three. Madison had four girls in double figures, led by Lasage Ferguson’s 23. The Buccaneers end their season 14-11.
Madison (21-6) downed Lafayette 45-37 at home and 59-49 on the road during the regular season and then again 66-47 in the district championship game Feb. 8.