LAPEL — Kamrton Herrington scored 19 points off the bench and Bailey Partington did a little bit of everything else as Lapel pulled away from Alexandria for a 64-49 victory.
The Bulldogs were up just 35-32 at halftime, but allowed just 17 points to the Tigers over the final 16 minutes.
“I thought we were more patient in the second half,” said Lapel coach Jimmie Howell. “In the first half there was too much one pass and a shot. We made them play defense longer.”
The Bulldogs also made it tough on Alexandria’s leading scorer Braden Warren, who came into the contest averaging 18 points per game. He hit 3-of-15 shots to finish with seven points. He kept after it the entire game, leading the visitors with nine rebounds as they won the battle of the boards 31-27.
“He always faces the best defenders,” said Alexandria coach Kyle Bloom of Warren’s task each game. “Everyone has some nights when the shots just don’t go in. We need him to get more than seven points, but he did lead us in rebounding.”
Mitchell Richardson shared game-high scoring honors with 19 points. He also had six rebounds. He took non 3-point shots in the game and did his damage inside the arc, mostly moving toward the basket.
“I don’t think there’s any question that Bailey Partington was our best player,” said Howell. “He doesn’t get noticed as much because he doesn’t score. But he was our second-leading rebounder and our top assist man.”
Turnovers played a large role in the outcome as well. The Tigers finished with 18 miscues, 14 of those coming in the middle two quarters. “If (Lapel) is hitting 50 percent of their shots, then that’s 8 to 10 points we’re giving away on turnovers,” said Bloom. “That’s been a problem for us.”