Season ends for Grangers
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
The LaGrange Grangers had their hands full with New Hampstead in the opening round of the Class AAAA state tournament.
New Hampstead, which won the Region 3-AAAA championship to earn home-court advantage in the state tournament, started quickly and never looked back on the way to an 81-43 victory on Wednesday.
Javon Brown, one of the seniors playing his final game, led the Grangers with 18 points.
While disappointed to see the season come to a close, LaGrange head coach Mark Veal was proud of what his players accomplished.
“They were resilient, they played hard, and overcame a lot and made it to the state tournament,” Veal said. “That’s something the seniors will always remember.”
New Hampstead surged to a 17-4 lead, and it was ahead 28-8 after the first quarter.
LaGrange settled into the game and played better in the second quarter, but New Hampstead had a 46-22 lead at the half.
DeAndre Smart led New Hampstead with 19 points.