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Lafayette Outlasts Farmington to Reach State Title Game

Curtis Hubbard's go-ahead bucket sends the Fighting Irish to their first state championship game since 1976.
(COLUMBIA, Mo.) The hot start that Lafayette has become accustomed to gave way to late lead changes as a pair of new heroes stepped up.

Curtis Hubbard completed a go-ahead three-point play and Gary Wilkinson hit a pair of late free throws as the Fighting Irish beat Farmington 46-41 in the Class 4 state semifinals on Friday.

The win sends Lafayette to their first state championship game since 1976. No boys team from St. Joseph has played in a title game since Bishop LeBlond in 1977. The Irish will face defending champion Republic on Saturday at 8 p.m. at Mizzou Arena.

Xavier Kurth played his usual role in Lafayette's hot start, scoring the team's first 10 points. They jumped out to a 17-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. Farmington (21-10), making their first Show-Me Showdown appearance, came back to outscore the Irish 12-5 to clip the deficit to two heading into the locker room.

After one of his best performances in the quartefinal meeting with Grandview, Billy Cook hit just 1 of 9 attempts from beyond the arc. Wilkinson hit the only other three-pointer for Lafayette as he posted 12 points.

Farmington kept it to single digits throughout the third quarter and an Eli Pratte layup gave them a 39-38 lead with 4:20 to go.

Kurth hit a jumper two minutes later to swing the one-point advantage back to Lafayette (25-4), capping off a 20-point, 10-rebound performance for him.

The Knights' leading scorer, Jordan Ankrom, gave his team one more lead before Hubbard's decisive bucket. Ankrom finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
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