Central, Lafayette win district championships Saturday

riggertBasketballThe Central and Lafayette boys’ basketball teams each won a district championship Saturday night as they’ll continue their seasons Wednesday in the sectional round.

Central needed two overtimes to outlast No. 1 seed Park Hill South, 62-57, on the Panthers home court, but they earned their second consecutive Class 5 District 16 championship.

The Indians had four in double figures as Jalil Davis led the way with 17 points.  Shun Williams added 15, Tyree Mayfield scored 14 points and Derek Gray had 10.

Central improves to 12-13 and they’ll play Fort Osage at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Class 5 Sectionals at the Independence Events Center.  The game will air on ESPN 1550.

At Benton High School, Lafayette improved to 24-3 as they won the Class 4 District 16 title with a 67-53 victory over Smithville.

The Fighting Irish used a 25-7 run to end the first half as they led the Warriors at the break, 32-15.

Billy Cook and Xavier Kurth scored 20 points each for Lafayette as they will play Liberty North at Staley High School Wednesday in the Class 4 Sectionals.  The tip off is set for 6:00 p.m. and it’ll air on 680 KFEQ.