NAMPA - After winning against the odds in three straight games, New Plymouth finally ran out of luck.
The Pilgrims stayed with Grangeville for three quarters, but faltered on weary legs in the final 8 minutes of a 47-32 loss in the 2A state championship game Saturday at the Idaho Center.
"We had a really tough game the first game, and a really tough game (Friday) night that went overtime, that takes a lot of effort out of you," New Plymouth coach Mark Van Weerdhuizen said. "Tonight we had a couple times where we thought we could maybe make that run, and that shot rolls out in the fourth quarter. I guess we didn't quite have the magic today."
It was that kind of day for the Pilgrims, who watched as shot after shot rolled in and out. New Plymouth shot just 23.5 percent from the field, and no player reached double digits in scoring.
"Heck, the journey that we went on was pretty impressive, just coming down the stretch in some of the games that we won," Van Weerdhuizen said. " I didn't see every team in our tournament, but we definitely were not at the top echelon as far as talent, and we got to this game when we probably shouldn't have. That kind of says a lot about the kids as far as how hard they work and how well they play together."
New Plymouth headed into the fourth quarter down five points. Nate Woods made a 3-pointer to start the period and pull within 28-26, but that was as close as the Pilgrims got.
Grangeville was 9-of-10 from the free-throw line in the last 4 minutes.
"We are really strong as a team, and that's the main thing," Grangeville's Derrick Brown said. "We are super tight, super close, so we stick together and we trust each other."
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