Last updated: January 15. 2014 3:13AM - 352 Views
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The LaGrange Grangers were right there.

Midway through the fourth period, the Grangers were trailing Sandy Creek, but the deficit was only six points.

Unfortunately for the Grangers, the game’s final minutes didn’t go so well.

The homestanding Patriots dominated the game’s closing stretch to claim a 59-40 victory in a Region 5-AAAA game.

“We had our worst game all year in terms of the ability to control the things we can control. It was just not very good,” LaGrange head coach Mike Pauley said. “We had a chance. We had every opportunity. Everytime you turned around we had an opportunity. We just couldn’t take advantage of it.”

The Grangers (7-8 overall) fell to 1-4 in the region, and they have two games remaining in the first half of their region schedule.

LaGrange hosts rival Troup on Friday before visiting Carrollton on Tuesday.

First up will be today’s game against the Callaway Cavaliers in a non-region game.

“It is what is right now,” Pauley said. “We’ll go home and get a good night’s sleep, see if we can wake up and get something else going.”

The Grangers were down 18-13 after the first quarter, and they trailed 28-24 at the half.

The Patriots extended their lead to 44-36 through three quarters, and they enjoyed a dominant fourth quarter to secure the win.

In the girls’ game, the Lady Grangers were within three points through three quarters, but the Lady Patriots pulled away in the final quarter for a 45-35 victory.

The Lady Grangers were up 11-9 through the first quarter, and they trailed 21-20 at the half.

Sandy Creek built a 28-25 lead through three periods, and it held off LaGrange in the final quarter.

“Right now we just have to get back to believing we can win, not hoping,” LaGrange coach Jan Jones said.

Antoinesha Dozier led LaGrange with 12 points.

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