Lafayette, Central each fall in sectional basketball games
The Lafayette and Central boys’ basketball teams had their season come to end Wednesday night in the sectional round of the state playoffs. Lafayette lost to Liberty North, 49-43, while Central was defeated by Fort Osage, 53-34.
At the Class 4 sectional at Staley High School, Lafayette allowed a 13-0 run in the third quarter to Liberty North and fell behind 36-25. The Irish rallied to within two points, 42-40, with about four minutes to go in the fourth quarter, but that was as close as they’d get and Liberth North went on to a 49-43 victory.
Lafayette was led by Jeff Leeson’s 13 points, while Xavier Kurth added 11. The Fighting Irish end their season 24-4.
At the Class 5 sectional at Independence Events Center, Central jumped out to a quick start and led 13-7 after the first quarter before falling behind 19-18 at halftime. That was as close as the Indians would get as Fort Osage extended its lead to 37-25 after three and went on to a 53-34 victory.
Central ends its season 12-14 as they were led by