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Lawrence stops Northeast

AHOSKIE – Lawrence Academy earned its third consecutive trip to the finals of the Lt. Nick Brantley Scholarship Tournament here Wednesday.

The Warriors had five players in double digits as they rolled to a 68-33 win over defending champion Northeast Academy.

Chase Stevens led the way with 16 points while Trace Larabee added 14, Evan Holton 12 and Chad Whitehead and Cade Larabee had 10 points each. James Pope led Northeast with seven points.

The Warriors wasted little time getting on the board Wednesday as Trace Larabee buried a triple moments before Whitehead scored to push Lawrence ahead 5-0.

Brad Johnson temporarily stopped the spurt with a hoop for Northeast, but Lawrence came back with a hoop each from Stevens and Holton and a triple by Cade Larabee as they raced out to a 12-2 advantage.

Lawrence’s lead was at nine (17-8) by the end of the first quarter, but they quickly added to the advantage as the second period started. Trace Larabee had a free throw before Holton and Larabee had back-to-back buckets to make it 22-8.

Northeast again stopped the run when Jud Smith scored, but Stevens came right back with a hoop for Lawrence to keep the lead at 14 (24-10). Lawrence added to their advantage with a 6-0 run midway through the second quarter. Whitehead, Patrick Dilday and Stevens each had a score for the Warriors.

Lawrence led 37-16 at the intermission.

Northeast started the second half on a 5-2 run when Pope hit a hoop and Davis Harrell buried a three interrupted only by a Dilday hoop for the Warriors. After another exchange of hoops, however, the Warriors went on a 13-0 tear that all but sealed the contest.

Cade Larabee sparked the run with a three-pointer and then Trace Larabee had a three-point play. Stevens buried a triple before Holton scored from the floor. Trace Larabee added the final two points of the spurt from the charity stripe.

The Warriors led 55-24 after three quarters and cruised to a 68-33 win.

Northeast (1-1) played in the Consolation Game Thursday night while Lawrence played in last night’s (Friday) championship game.