Defense shines for Cougars

By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor

February 3, 2014

For the first time ever, the Lafayette Christian School Cougars were able to enjoy a victory over Flint River Academy.

Coming into Monday’s game at Lafayette Christian, Flint River had won every meeting between the two boys’ programs.

Now, the Cougars can cross that item off of their to-do list.

Behind a strong defensive performance, the Cougars earned a 41-33 victory over the Wildcats.

“It was a good team win,” Lafayette Christian head coach Rene Gomez said. “It’s one of those you’d call an ugly win. We had breakdowns offensively turning the ball over, unforced turnovers. But we made it up on the defensive end.”

Gomez said for the Cougars to be successful, they have to get it done on defense.

“We played great team defense. We held them to 33 points,” Gomez said. “That’s pretty much been the calling card for us. If we can keep teams to 40 or under, it’s going to give us a chance to win. The wins we’ve had this year, they’ve been by playing good, tough defense, and holding teams to one shot, getting the rebound, and then making the shots that we needed.”

Aaron Dixon provided a nice offensive boost with 13 points, and he made three 3-pointers.

Dixon made back-to-back 3-pointers in the second period that broke an 8-8 tie.

“We were able to take control after those two threes,” Gomez said.

David Curry had a terrific all-around game with nine points and 11 rebounds, and Blake Spradlin scored eight points and pulled down seven rebounds.

“We had good balance,” Gomez said.

In the girls’ game, Flint River claimed a 55-33 victory.

“They’re tough. We knew that coming in,” Gomez said. “They were senior heavy. So we knew experience was going to be on their side.”

Morgan Douglass paced the Lady Cougars with 13 points.