A strong start in the third quarter propelled Lafayette's girls basketball team over Western Hills 69-43 Thursday at WHHS.
The Lady Generals (9-5) led 30-17 at halftime, then scored the first six points of the third quarter to take control of the game.
"Our defensive intensity wasn't where we wanted it to be," Lafayette coach Allison Denton said about the first half, "and we also talked about missed free throws and layups. We said you can't be playing in March if you don't do the little things, and we made our free throws and layups in the second half. We missed five free throws and six layups in the first half."
A layup by Katie Kelly opened the third quarter, and Kara Hamilton followed with a short jumper. Lafayette's six-point run ended with another layup, this one by Lucy Clark.
"The last thing we tell them before we go out is to play hard," WHHS coach Bryan Edwards said about halftime. "The first three minutes of the second half are the most important of the game. They can set the tone, and they set the tone tonight."
Western Hills opened the game with two free throws by Meredith Plant, but Lafayette scored the next six points of the game for a 6-2 lead, and the Lady Generals didn't trail the rest of the way.
For more on this story, see today's State Journal.