No. 9 Lapel falls to No. 2 Wapahani in sectional quarterfinals

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Brady Extin | The Times-Post

ALEXANDRIA — A slow-paced, low-scoring, sectional quarterfinal game against a ranked opponent brought an end to both Lapel’s winning streak and its season.

No. 2 ranked Wapahani defeated the No. 9 ranked Bulldogs 47-31 in Round 1 of Class 2A Sectional 40 at Alexandria Monroe on Feb. 28.

The loss snapped Lapel’s 13-game win streak that included a win against top-ranked Tipton in the regular season finale.

The loss to Wapahani was Lapel’s second of the season. The first, a 70-35 loss on Dec. 8, capped off an 0-4 start for the Bulldogs. Following that loss, they reeled off wins in 18 of the final 19 regular season games, with the lone loss coming to class 4A Anderson in the Madison County Tournament.

On the season, Lapel finished with an 18-6 record. Three of the losses came to 4A schools, two came against Wapahani and one was an overtime loss to Frankton.

Nine first-quarter points by Wapahani’s Camden Bell gave the Raiders a 12-9 lead after the opening quarter.

In the second, they grew that lead even more.

After being limited in the opening quarter, leading scorer Isaac Andrews hit a 3-pointer along with Nick Cook to kickstart an 11-0 Wapahani run.

By halftime, they had grown the lead to 26-11.

After taking a lead 9-7 on a Devin Craig 3-pointer late in the first quarter, the Bulldogs were limited to just one made field goal the rest of the half and were outscored 19-2.

By the end of the third, the Raiders pushed the lead 35-19 and carried that into the 47-31 final score.

Bode Judge was the only Bulldog in double figures with 12 points. He grabbed four rebounds and blocked two shots to lead Lapel in each of those categories as well.

Nick Witte scored six points, and both Brode Judge and Quinn Wilkins scored five. Craig hit a lone 3-pointer to finish with three points.

The Bulldogs limited Andrews to 15 points, down from his season average of 24.9, but other Raiders players picked up the scoring.

Bell scored 13 and Cook knocked down four 3-pointers to finish the night with 12 points.

The Raiders went on to defeat Wes-Del 67-46 in the semifinal and Monroe-Central 59-26 in the championship game.