A big Tuesday evening crowd was treated to back-to-back upset wins as both the Wildcats girls and boys defeated Dutch Fork.
The Lady Wildcats played a tight basketball game all evening, trailing by just 1 point at halftime and tied at 36 after three quarters. The Lady Foxes led by 3 points when Lexington gained their final possession with 12 seconds left in the game. The Cats quickly advanced the ball to the front court, searching for a good look outside the arc. The ball ended up in the hands of junior Alanna Langford who launched a shot off target, but she was fouled on the play. Langford confidently dropped all 3 free throws in the bucket and forced an overtime period.
The Wildcats built an insurmountable lead in the extra period when they outscored Dutch Fork 12-6, 7 of those points coming from the free throw line. Lexington got the win by a 48-42 final. Sam St. Andrews led the Cats with 14 points while Olivia Thompson added 13. They improve to 11-11 overall and are 5-5 in Region play.
Dutch Fork 6 7 13 10 6 42
Lexington 4 8 12 12 12 48
Sam St. Andrews: 2 three-pointers, 2 two-pointers, 4 of 4 free throws for 14 points
Olivia Thompson: 1 three-pointer, 2 two-pointers, 6 of 7 free throws for 13 points
Alanna Langford: 3 two-pointers, 3 of 3 free throws for 9 points
Kayla McClary: 3 two-pointers for 6 points
Jill Miller: 2 two-pointers, 0 of 2 free throws for 4 points
Chelsea Davis: 1 two-pointer for 2 points
In their previous meeting on January 6th, Dutch Fork beat the Lexington boys by a final of 69-58. On Tuesday night, the score was similar but the outcome was very different.
Both teams struggled to score early against stifling defensive play, however senior Darius Bryant got hot from long distance in the second quarter, sinking 4 three-pointers as he led the Wildcats to a 28-16 halftime advantage.
Dutch Fork took control of the game in the 3rd quarter with the help of a 9-1 run. Six different Silver Fox players contributed to a 21 points in the period while holding Lexington to 8 and regained the advantage, 37-36 after 3.
Coach Harris’ squad snuffed out the Dutch Fork momentum and slowly built a 10 point margin with 1:30 to play. From there, the Wildcats played ball control and were accurate from the foul line. Lexington made 15 of 18 free throws throughout the final quarter. They were a solid 20 for 25 from the line in the game.
Darius Bryant was the Cats’ top scorer with 23 points. Caleb Shackleford had 21 while Will Haney added 10.
With the 64-50 final, Lexington picks up a important Region win in a crowded field and are now 7-3 in the Region with a key matchup against Blythewood this Friday.
Dutch Fork 10 6 21 13 50
Lexington 9 19 8 28 64
Darius Bryant: 4 three-pointers, 3 two-pointers, 5 of 6 free throws for 23 points
Caleb Shackleford: 6 two-pointers, 9 of 13 free throws for 21 points
Will Haney: 2 three-pointers, 1 two-pointer, 2 of 2 free throws for 10 points
Mason Carver: 1 two-pointer, 4 of 4 free throws for 6 points
Bradley Foulks: 1 two-pointer for 2 points
Chase Neuberger: 1 two-pointer for 2 points