JASPER – Tony Stockton delivered an outstanding offensive performance while Nick McClain filled up the stat sheet with a strong all-around game.
It took a prime effort from Hamilton County’s backcourt for the Trojans to defeat Lafayette on Friday.
Stockton poured in a game-high 27 points, McClain recorded 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists and the Trojans outlasted the Hornets for an 82-68 win on their home court.
In a game that saw some big runs by both teams, HCHS finished with a dominating performance in the final four minutes of the fourth quarter. After Lafayette closed to within five points at 66-61 thanks to an Adam Perry layup, the Trojans stepped on the gas with McClain and Stockton leading the way during a 16-7 stretch.
“Sometimes it’s not about the x’s and o’s you draw up, but you have to have that inner desire and will to win,” said Hamilton County coach Eugene Jones. “We refused to lose.”
Lafayette (7-6, 1-4) fell behind by 12 points at halftime, but with Ben Massey and Xavier Fleming stepping up on the offensive end, the Hornets stayed competitive the entire way. Fleming scored the majority of his 17 points near the basket while Massey (24 points) had his mid-range jump shot working well.
Aderias Ealy had just four points, but his dunk in the final minute of the third quarter brought the crowd to its feet and swung the momentum back with Hamilton County. And with McClain and the Trojans controlling the boards on both ends of the floor, especially in the fourth quarter, HCHS was able to prevail in an important district game.
“The biggest thing was not boxing out,” said Hornets coach Jimmy Blankenship. “We gave them second, third and fourth opportunities to score. They’re too good of a team to give them second, third and fourth chances.”
Center Jhebari Martin also got into the scoring act with some hot shooting. He knocked down a pair of 3-pointers during Hamilton County’s big second quarter in which it outscored LHS 29-17.
Martin scored 11 of his 13 points in the first half.
Hamilton County (8-10, 2-3) forward Dharan Hawkins also finished in double figures with 10 points.
LHS girls cruise past Hamilton County
JASPER — After a bit of a slow start, the Lafayette High girls basketball team pulled away during the second quarter and earned a 52-19 win against Hamilton County on Friday.
Renee Clines scored 13 of her game-high 19 points in the second period, which included three 3-pointers. The Hornets turned up the defensive pressure with their full-court press and outscored HCHS 24-6 in the second.
Lafayette (15-2) has won five straight games.
Khari Jackson scored 14 points and Jasmine Lewis added 11 points for the Hornets.
Aleah McCallum and Aiysis Smith scored five points apiece for Hamilton County.