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March 20, 2014

Lady lancers win state title

Londonderry beats Bedford by one point for title

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Fagula said he certainly didn’t want to have to again answer questions about what his team could have done differently to win.

“Now, I don’t have to do that,” he said. “I can just kind of ride off into the sunset. I loves Westerns.”

The title also marks the first for UNH-bound point guard Aliza Simpson, a senior, who had starred on the two previous runner-up teams for the Lancers. Simpson didn’t get a chance to will her team to victory against Bishop Guertin two years ago because she fouled out with 5:37 left.

Simpson finished Sunday night with a game-high 16 points. She also collected two rebounds, made three steals and dished out six assists.

“She’s brought an energy and a work ethic that’s just hard to beat,” Fagula said of Simpson. “The other kids have just tried to keep up with it and I think that’s helped them. She’s made them better players, as well as herself. And she’s such a great kid off the court.”

Simpson missed eight games this winter with a fracture below her kneecap, but she still earned the Gatorade New Hampshire Player of the Year. She found out before the championship game she also earned Division 1 Player of the Year and Miss New Hampshire Basketball.

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