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Lanett takes care of business at home

After taking care of business on Tuesday against Wadley, the Lanett boys basketball team was able to dominate Notasulga 84-45 winning the 1A area 6 championship.

The 39-point win was the Panthers’ largest win of the season against the Blue Devils.

“They did what we have to do in these types of games,” Lanett head coach Richard Carter said. “These kids know what we have to do in these types of games. These kids know what it takes to get the job done.”

The Panthers were able to jump out to an early lead that they were able to ride throughout the course of the game.

Just as it was on Tuesday, the Panthers’ defense was the reason for the hot start.

“I thought we played really well defensively tonight,” Carter said. “This is the time of the year where it’s now or never. You have to be at your best or go home.”

Lanett’s defense forced turnovers, which turned into quick scoring opportunities.

The Panthers took a 36-18 lead at the half, which turned into a 57-34 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Another big difference in the game was the return of guard Kristian Story. The senior had been sidelined for the last two weeks with a health issue.

He was able to rejoin the team’s practice on Monday.

“We’re practicing harder right now than we have all year because we know that these are the games that really matter,” Carter said.

Three Panthers finished in double figures. Kintavious Dozier finished with 14 points, Zameron Boozer finished with 12 points and Caden Story finished with 10.

The Panthers will host Cornerstone Schools of Alabama on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. EST.