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Lawrence ladies win senior night

MERRY HILL – Four seniors played 32 minutes each.

During Friday night’s Senior Night at Lawrence Academy, Head Coach Tommy Tripp allowed all four of his seniors to play every minute of a 98-35 win over Albemarle School.

“I let all of them play the entire game,” Tripp said. “I wanted them to enjoy their senior night.”

Joe Harrell led the four with 29 points on the night while adding 14 assists and nine steals.

“Joe did an outstanding job tonight,” Tripp said.

Harrell wasn’t the only one in double figures, however, as all four of the seniors scored 13 points or more.

Max Walker chipped in 15 points and three rebounds in what Tripp called his best game of the year. R.J. Deppisch added 14 points, 11 rebounds and eight steals while Chad Oliver had 13 points, five steals and a staggering 22 rebounds.

“They all played very well,” Tripp said. “It was a good way to end the regular season with a win on our home court.”

The seniors were not the only ones who played well, however, as underclassman Daniel Oliver had 16 points and Holden Ratzlaff added 11 points.

Albemarle was led by 16 points from Beau Thompson and 13 from Perry Dawson.

The victory for the Warriors helped them claim a third place finish in the Tarheel Independent Conference.

That put the Warriors playing tonight (Tuesday) in the TIC tournament where they will meet number six seed Pungo Christian Academy in the final game of the night.

The win Friday came after two other TIC wins for the Warriors.

The Lawrence Warriors’ varsity boys’ team picked up two wins in their last two games to improve to 12-9 overall and 6-5 in the TIC as they defeated Bethel Christian Academy 67-65 and Pungo Christian Academy 50-39.

Lawrence scored the first eight points of the game and led 23-10 at the end of the first quarter. Bethel closed to within eight at 30-22 with 3:30 to play in the first half.

Lawrence scored the last nine points of the half to lead by 17 at the intermission 39-22.

Bethel outscored Lawrence by 10 in the third quarter to pull within seven at 55-48. With 4:12 to play in the game, Bethel knotted the score at 59.

The score would be tied at 61 with 3:17 to play, 63 with 2:21 to play, and 65 with 53 seconds to play.

Holden Ratzlaff hit the game-winning shot with one second to play.

Lawrence scorers were Holden Ratzlaff

with 19, Shane Stevens with 13, Daniel Oliver with 12 and R. J. Deppisch-9

Rounding out the scoring were Joe Harrell (8), Max Walker (4) and Chad Oliver (2).

Daniel Oliver hauled in 16 rebounds for Lawrence and blocked four Bethel shots.

Michael Cseko poured in 31 points and Josh Caldwell added 17 for Bethel. Stephen Miller with nine and Shannon Hoggard with rounded out the scoring for Bethel.

In Friday’s game, Lawrence held Pungo scoreless until the 4:16 mark remaining in the second quarter. Leading 16-2, Lawrence scored 11 of the next 13 points to lead at the half 27-4.

Pungo started the third quarter red hot as they poured in seven points in just over a minute to trail by 16 at 27-11.

Pungo closed out the

third period trailing by eight at 35-27. With 4:11 to play in the game, Pungo pulled to within three at 40-37.

Lawrence would go on to score 10 of the last 12 points to gain the 50-39 victory.

Lawrence was led by Daniel Oliver’s 25 points, 10 rebounds, four blocked shots and two steals. R. J. Deppisch also had 11 rebounds, four blocks and three steals for Lawrence. Justin Allen paced Pungo with 15 points.