The LaGrange Grangers were hanging in there.
Heading into the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s game, the Grangers and Carrollton Trojans were deadlocked at 41-41.
The final eight minutes belonged to the Trojans, though.
The Trojans used a 16-2 run to take control, and they went on to claim a 60-50 home victory.
“We were right there with them,” LaGrange coach Mike Pauley said. “With three minutes on the clock, we had a chance to close it to one possession, we just couldn’t do it.”
The Trojans did a lot of their damage from the free-throw line.
They made 20-of-26 free-throw attempts in the game, and they made 13 of those free throws in the fourth quarter.
The Grangers were down 20-13 after the first quarter, and they cut the Trojans’ lead to 27-24 at the half.
In the third period, Derieko Smith hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to tie the game heading into the final quarter.
Smith led the Grangers with 20 points, and Montae Glenn scored 21 points and pulled down 15 rebounds for the Trojans.
The Grangers (8-10 overall) fell to 2-5 in Region 5-AAAA, while the Trojans (10-7) improved to 4-2 in the region.
In Tuesday’s girls’ game, the Lady Grangers lost 42-24.
LaGrange was competitive well into the third period.
The Lady Grangers were down 9-5 through one period, and they trailed 18-13 at the half.
LaGrange came out strong in the third quarter and cut Carrollton’s lead to 19-17.
The Lady Trojans closed the third period on a 10-0 run, though, to take a 29-17 lead.
“The end of the third quarter, we kind of ran out of gas,” LaGrange coach Jan Jones said.
LaGrange was unable to make a run in the fourth period.
It was a solid defensive effort for the Lady Grangers, but they were unable to get much going on offense.
“That’s where we’re struggling is scoring points right now,” Jones said.
Andrea Heflin led LaGrange with 10 points.
LaGrange’s teams will be at home against Shaw on Friday.