Coming off a hard-fought win over rival Trion on Monday, and with Tuesday being the final day of school for Walker County before Christmas break, LaFayette head coach Hank Peppers knew Tuesday night's matchup with scrappy Coahulla Creek would be anything but easy.
But while the Colts gave it their best effort, the Ramblers continued to do what they have done all season long - win.
A big second quarter run and another run in the fourth would provide enough of a cushion for LaFayette to move to 8-0 with a 66-60 victory in a non-region victory.
The Ramblers led by just one point, 15-14, at the end of the first quarter, but got 23 points in the second period to give themselves some breathing room at the break.
"It was most definitely a trap game, so I'm just glad to get the win," said a relieved LaFayette head coach Hank Peppers. "We played really hard last night (against Trion) and I could see some fatigue setting in down the stretch (tonight), Defensively, we were a llittle slow. We had some heavy legs, but I was proud of them for still getting the job done."
Up 38-29 at intermission, LaFayette was able to push the lead out to as many as 15 in the third period. The Colts would chip the gap down to 51-40 by the end of the third, but the Ramblers would use a 14-4 run to start the fourth and take their biggest lead of the night, 65-48, with 2:14 remaining.
Coahulla Creek would turn in one final 12-2 run of its own to end the game, but it would be too little too late for the visitors from Varnell.
Dee Southern had 16 points to lead five Ramblers in double figures. LaFayette also got 15 points off the bench from Rylan Russell, who swished all five of his 3-point attempts.
"Rylan is a very good shooter," Peppers said. "He had mono (earlier this season) and missed the first five weeks of practice, so he's still rounding into form. But he's another weapon we have and I think he'll just get better and better from here on out."
Alex Kelehear had 13 points, six boards and five assists. Andrew Pendergrass had 11 points, while Jon Morgan added 10 points, eight rebounds, six assists and two steals. Stone Graham added one point, while Vyshonn Daniel helped out with seven assists.
"It starts with our defense," Peppers said of his team's unblemished start. "Defense, rebounding and we have a lot of guys that have played together for a while now and they are all very competitive. It's a good group."
Maddox Adams was 21 points for the Colts, 12 coming in the final period.
LaFayette will take on Cedar Bluff, Ala. on Thursday in the first round of a tournament at Spring Garden High School in Alabama. Tip-off is set for 2:30 p.m. Central time.
Coahulla Creek girls 60, LaFayette 46
The night's first game saw the Lady Ramblers take a 34-32 lead with just under a minute remaining in the third quarter.
But the Lady Colts would hit 6-of-8 free throws in the final 53 second to jump-start what eventually would be a decisive 26-0 run that would put them up 58-34 with 4:34 left to play.
The Lady Ramblers (1-8) would finish the game on a 12-2 run of their own to account for the final margin.
Rachel Walker and Ally Morrow had 12 points each for the Lady Colts. Lily Snider added 11 and Mallory Poe added 10.
LaTyah Barber finished with 14 points for the Lady Ramblers. Marquila Howell added 11 points, while Grace Hamilton had eight points, including two 3-pointers.
The Lady Ramblers will play in a tournament at Chattooga, starting Dec. 27.