ALEXANDRIA — Lapel was seeking its second boys Madison County basketball championship Friday at Alexandria, but Anderson had the same title dreams and dominated the Bulldogs 69-34.
It was Anderson’s seventh overall title and first since 2014.
The Indians’ Ahmere Carson hit a 3-point jumper to break a first quarter 6-6 tie, and from there, Anderson went on to stretch their lead minute by minute.
By halftime, the Indians were up 30-15.
“Not a great night,” Lapel coach Tod Windlan said. “We missed a lot of shots early. That wasn’t the game plan to fall behind like that. We knew it’d be a battle and we couldn’t get behind.”
Anderson’s defense honed in on the Bulldogs, shutting down their outside game, and the 21 Bulldog turnovers for the night proved costly.
One of the Bulldogs leading scorers, Landon Bair, was scoreless for the night, and leading scorer Brode Judge had single digit scoring. Bode Judge put up 14 to lead Lapel’s scoring.
The game proved vastly different from an earlier meeting this year when the Bulldogs led throughout most of the game but fell short at the end by just six points, 60-54.
Lapel made it to the championship game by defeating Elwood 75-34 and Alexandria-Monroe 71-43.
While the loss of the championship was hard, Windlan told his Bulldogs they were moving on.
“We have to watch tape and correct a lot of our errors,” he said.
He said the team has made repetitive errors in games with intense physical pressure.
“You have to learn from your mistakes. We’ll watch tapes and get better. We still have almost two months until the sectional, so we have a lot of time.”
Windlan said the freshman and sophomores who are getting extended playing time hadn’t experienced a game like the championship before.
“It was good for them to get in that environment. I told them to forget and move on,” Windlan said. “We’ll be back.”
The Bulldogs are 6-6 and travel to Hamilton Heights on Jan. 14.