JAMES CITY - Six games into a season that got off to a late start, Lafayette coach Bobby Woollum is still waiting for his team to get into basketball shape.
Several of the Rams played on the school's 3A state runner-up football team, forcing Lafayette's hoops team to start its season in mid-December.
Lafayette edged Warhill 50-45 Wednesday in Bay Rivers District action led by a game-high 18 points and 15 rebounds from one of those two-sport athletes, Trey Neville.
Woollum said Neville, a post player, has already worked off 20 pounds.
"He plays hard," said WoolIum, "I know he can play better. He's not hit his stride but he's getting better every game. He's a competitor. That's his greatest gift. He'll compete."
Neville put Lafayette (4-2) ahead for good, 40-39, on a put-back of a missed Antoine Cannady free throw.
Cannady's two made free throws sealed the game with 8.9 seconds to play.
Trailing for most of the first half and into he second half, Warhill (3-8) grabbed a two-point lead to start the fourth quarter and the two sides exchanged leads again midway through the period.
Da'Shawn Cook was the only Warhill player to score in double figures with 13, including three second-half 3-pointers.
Warhill shot 30.2 percent from the field and Lafayette 28.5.
Woollum thought each team's defense performed well but said offense is currently an issue for the Rams.
A huge part of that, Woollum said, can be attributed to the football players slowly settling in.
"They just aren't in basketball condition yet," said the Lafayette coach. "It's going to take them a little while to get in the flow."
LAFAYETTE 50, WARHILL 45
LAFAYETTE: Jefferson 5, Woollum 4, Cannady 7, Neville 18, Losty 5, Graham 7, Epps 4. Totals 17 15-24 50.
WARHILL: D. Cook 13, Aadahl 3, Lipscomb 4, Dedmon 2, R. Cook 6, Stovall 4, Belle 7, Davis 2. Totals 15 10-18 45.
Lafayette 10 12 10 18 -- 50
Warhill 8 10 13 14 -- 45
3-point goals: Lafayette 2 (Jefferson 1, Graham 1), Warhill 3 (D. Cook 3). JVL Lafayette 74, Warhill 68 (OT)