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Sweep: LA grabs pair of regional championships

The Laurens Academy varsity basketball teams turned in an awesome Saturday at Greenwood Christian, each coming home with a Region 2-A Championship.

The LA boys pulled off an upset of top-seeded Richard Winn, getting 20 points from Dawson Foster and 14 from tournament MVP Noah Moore as the Crusaders won 59-56. LA, which finished third in the region standings during the regular season, won three games in five days to claim the title – including Friday’s overtime victory over Anderson Christian.

Foster scored LA’s first six points of the game and scored 17 of his 20 points in the first half. The Crusaders led by 12 late in the first half before Richard Winn rallied to within 30-25 at the half. RW rallied to tie the game at 30 early in the second half before the Crusaders ran off 12 straight points – all on 3-pointers – and never trailed the rest of the night.

Charlton McCall and Diamonte Grant joined Moore on the all-tournament team. Moore and Foster were both named to the all-region team for the regular season, while head coach Travis Plowden was named Region Co-Coach of the Year.

LA’s girls shook off any early jitters against Newberry Academy, building a 15-0 run in the first half to take the lead for keeps, and pulled away to a 48-34 victory in their regional final. Ruthie Moore, who was named regular-season and tournament MVP in the region, tied Jennifer Wu with 16 points to lead the Crusaders. Wu had 11 of her 16 points in the first half, and was also named to the regular-season all-region team. Moore and Wu were joined by Blair Quarles and Reagan Williamson on the all-region list, while Florence Mitchell was named to the all-tournament team with Moore.

Jason Marlett was named Region 2-A Coach of the Year.

Both teams will now wait for the announcement of the pairings for the SCISA Class A Tournament, which are likely to come out Tuesday, to find out their first-round pairings and sites.

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