An explosive start helped propel the LaGrange Grangers to a 73-62 victory over East Coweta Friday night.
The Grangers improved to 3-1 heading into today’s road game against Newnan.
“We did a couple of different things that we didn’t do last time (against East Coweta),” LaGrange head coach Mike Pauley said. “And we thought that helped us. And the kids were pretty focused. They hit shots. We brought some kids off the bench that hit shots.”
Rieko Smith paced the Grangers with 20 points, and LaPerion Perry added 15 points.
Those players combined for 17 points in the first period, with Smith scoring 10 points, and Perry scoring seven points.
Both players connected on three 3-pointers in the game.
Danterrious Bray contributed 11 points, Dante Hill scored nine points, and Demetrius Whitfield scored eight points.
The Grangers charged to a 23-6 lead after the first quarter, and they led 40-23 at the half.
Pauley was thrilled with the defensive effort in the first two periods.
“I’m excited about the level of defensive intensity,” Pauley said. “They had 23 points in the first half. We’ve been working really hard on running a certain type of defense.”
LaGrange led 57-36 through three period, and although East Coweta made a run in the fourth quarter, the outcome was never in doubt.
Pauley felt his team adjusted nicely to some changes East Coweta made defensively.
“They did some things differently this time, too. They really backed up on us because they knew we were fast,” Pauley said. “They made us play a little differently than they did the first time. That was good for us. Our kids had to make some adjustments, things like that.”
In the girls’ game, the Lady Grangers led 10-9 after the first quarter, but they only scored three points in the second period to trail 26-13 at the half.
East Coweta was able to pull away for the 51-33 win.
Cheteyha Tucker led LaGrange with 11 points.
LaGrange teams will be in action at Newnan today, with the girls’ game tipping off at 1 p.m., and the boys’ game to follow.