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January 30, 2014
Strong Start for Lafayette Girls
A Dream Come True: Chris Brown become Lafayette’s Head Coach
The new coach of the Lafayette High School girls’ basketball squad is elated to be “back at home”. In early August, Chris Brown, former Lafayette and Norfolk State star, became head coach at his alma mater.
Coach Brown, former assistant coach at Williamsburg Christian Academy (WCA), inherits a team who were two points shy of reaching the Group AA Division 3 State quarterfinals last season. Key returnees from last season are Libby Bland, Megan Wiltshire, Grace McComber, Kenya Holiday and Addison Mooradian, each are very good shooters.
The Lady Rams’ top players this season are Keyana Brown (ODU signee) at 22.7ppg - 9.3rpg - 4.5 spg - 3.5apg - 1.5bpg and Tiara Strong at 11.4ppg - 8.4rpg 2.5spg - 1.7spg - 1.1apg. Both are transfers and key performers from a WCA team which lost the 2012-2013 VISAA Division 2 State Finals to Norfolk Christian 36-31.
When asked about the transition from WCA to Lafayette, Coach Brown says “it’s been so smooth and a dream come true -- I am truly humbled by the support from the administrators, alumni and renewed spirit within the community about Lafayette Basketball. Attendance at our games increased and it’s just a great feeling to be back at home.”
This squad started building chemistry last summer through participation in position specific and individual workouts, a team camp and a fall league. Coach Brown stated that this allowed the girls time to bond and build confidence in each other. The Lady Rams have plans to make a deep run into the 3A Division Playoffs with a solid supporting cast and a go-to player in All-state performer, Keyana Brown.
Currently the Lady Rams (11-2 overall, 9-2 Bay Rivers) are ranked #2 in VAPreps 3A Girls Basketball Rankings. The state championship hopefuls lost twice this season to the VAPreps 4A #8 ranked Grafton. With eight regular season games remaining, Lafayette is in good shape to garner one of the higher seeds in the 3A playoffs. Potential teams Lafayette could see on the road to the finals are Spotswood, Broadway, Brookville, Hidden Valley, Liberty-Bedford and Loudoun Valley.
Key regular season games remaining: @ Poquoson, Smithfield (Feb 4), WCA (Feb 8)
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