Boy, oh, boy, did Laurens Academy ever pound Cambridge on Tuesday night.
The girls weren’t bad, either. They won 39-31.
The Crusaders, led by 23 points from Diamonte Grant, hammered the punchless Cougars 55-28. At one point, it was 42-6. At halftime, it was 33-6.
Grant never missed a shot after the 1st quarter. He was 9-12 from the floor, 3-4 in 3-balls and both free throws.
Nine players scored. Next in the pecking order were Clarence Bertoli with 7 points, Buddy Baker with 6, and Cal Robertson and Colton McGee with 5 apiece.
LA (8-5) just missed a 50 percent shooting night, hitting 23-47 from the field.
Spence Haygood led Cambridge with 9 points, trimming Charles Price’s 8. The Cougars scored 15 of their 28 points in the 4th quarter.
“It was important for the student body and important for our players who don’t get to play a lot,” LA head coach Travis Plowden said. “Our starters, our top seven, did a great job for 2-½ quarters and set a pace.
“We were very crisp, we finished well … and that’s going to be important because we’ve got some major region games coming up.”
Olivia Huck, in her 1st game of the season and recovered from injury, led the Laurens Academy women with 16 points, followed closely by Rylee Ballard with 13. Huck hit a pair of 3-pointers and was 5-11 from the floor and 4-4 from the line. Ballard was 5-9 from the field and 2-4 from the freebie stripe.
As a team, the Crusaders hit 12-39 in field goals but 10-13 in free throws.
Tanya Sutherland led the Cougars, who trailed by only 1 at halftime, with 14 points.
“We’re coming off a holiday break,” said head coach Jason Marlett, “so we’re trying to get back in the swing of things physically. Offensively, I thought we were a little offense, but defense was good in the 2nd half.”
Laurens Academy visits Batesburg to play King Academy on Friday night.