Story’s 27 helps LaFayette dominate Trinity

Published 5:28 pm Thursday, December 7, 2023

LaFayette boys basketball team hosted Trinity for an in-school game on Thursday and the Bulldogs dominated the Wildcats 72-50. 

After one period of play, LaFayette held a narrow 13-9 lead. The Bulldogs took the game over during the second period and held a 31-19 lead at halftime, a lead they never surrendered. 

“It was good, but we still came out a little sluggish to me,” LaFayette coach Chase Lewis said. “I don’t think our heads were completely into this game. I think in the second quarter, we started to pick up a little bit. Started using a lot of different rotations. It’s always good when I can use a lot of different bodies and let my first five get into a flow where they don’t have to play the whole game.” 

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Tae Story had a monstrous game for LaFayette. Story finished with 27 points, four rebounds, two steals and one block. Story became more aggressive on Thursday and looked for his shot early and often. 

“Tae being Tae,” Lewis said. “Once he gets into that locked-in mode, he’s hard to stop. Our point guard, [Deaundre] Vines, and Tae they’re our veterans that we follow.” 

Branaviyun Story followed Tae with 13 points, five rebounds, one block and one steal. The rest of the starting lineup also did its part. Jayden Thomason finished with nine points, four rebounds and one steal. Vines finished with five points, seven rebounds and one steal. Tae Lloyd finished with five points and eight rebounds. 

The biggest improvement on the night came from LaFayette’s bench. Jordan Johnson came off the bench and scored eight points, five rebounds and two steals. Several other players came off the bench and contributed. 

“It’s so crazy because Zae Towles, Zae Towles had a great first half and it was hard to kind of get back to him in the second half,” Lewis said. “We’ve got a lot of guys. It’s so hard to actually keep up with it. I like that we have depth because I haven’t had that here in a while.” 

LaFayette connected on seven of its 17 three-point attempts. The Bulldogs also connected on nine of its 13 attempts from the charity stripe. 

The win pushed LaFayette’s record to 4-2 on the season. The Bulldogs face Trinity again on the road on Saturday. 

“Even though we shot it decent today, I want to improve on shooting,” Lewis said.