Laurel held a one-point lead heading into the fourth quarter of Monday's 4A semifinal against Corinth, but the final period belonged to the Warriors. Corinth outscored Laurel 20-10 in the fourth quarter on the way to the Warriors' 54-45 win.
The 4A semifinal was a tight game all the way through until late in the fourth quarter. That is when it came down to the free throw line, where Laurel struggled all night. "They did everything we asked them to do, we just didn't hit free throws. I'm not upset at all with the effort. I'm proud of them," head coach Jason Williams said after the loss. The Golden Tornados converted on 6-of-19 free throws. The Warriors hit 16-of-24.
While Williams harked on free throws after the game, he also could not say enough about how hard his team played all night. The head coach also said his team, as well as the city of Laurel, was extremely hungry for a state title. "They're (the city of Laurel) proud of the kids, but they really were hungry for a state championship. The team, we were hungry. We got here to this point last year, and they were hungry for that state title."
Laurel was led by senior Deshon Bayless who had 13 points and 12 rebounds. Omar Bayless added 10 points and six rebounds. The Golden Tornados finish the season 26-6.