LaGrange Academy takes heartbreaking loss

Published 11:49 pm Tuesday, February 14, 2023

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The LaGrange Academy boys basketball team played its likely last game of the season on Tuesday in a narrow 50-46 loss to Oak Mountain Academy. With the team on the outside of the playoff spots looking in, the Warriors needed a strong showing in the region tournament but exited in the first round instead. 

It started quite swimmingly for the Warriors, who jumped out to a 18-9 lead after the first quarter largely due to their 3-point shooting. The team combined for four 3-pointers in the first quarter with two of them coming from Brayden Salter. Salter was a major part of the Warriors offense all night and finished with 12 points. 

The Warriors offense completely fell apart in the second quarter as they were only able to manage two points, which saw LaGrange Academy’s big lead evaporate and turn into a six point deficit at the halftime break.

LaGrange Academy was able to trim the deficit slightly in the third quarter to 37-33 heading to the fourth quarter. 

Every time it felt like the Warriors would get back in the game in the fourth quarter, Oak Mountain answered back with a run.

Crucial made free throws from Oak Mountain down the stretch sunk the Warriors to their fate.

Jackson Malone led the Warriors in scoring with 14 points, seven of which came in the fourth quarter as he attempted to rescue the Warriors season. Senior Sam Anderson put up 12 points in his final game as a member of the LaGrange Academy boys basketball team.

The Warriors will likely wrap the season with a record of 6-13.