The situation was looking a bit desperate.
With less than five minutes remaining in Tuesday’s game against the Troup Lady Tigers, the LaGrange Lady Grangers were staring at a six-point deficit.
The Lady Grangers found their footing just in time, though.
The Lady Grangers used an 11-3 run to take a 33-31 lead with 2:30 left in the game, and they went on to claim a 45-39 victory.
After scoring 19 points through the first three periods, LaGrange exploded for 26 points in the fourth quarter to earn the come-from-behind win.
LaGrange (6-15 overall) improved to 3-8 in Region 5-AAAA while completing a regular-season sweep of Troup (1-17, 0-10 in region play).
“It helps if you make some free throws and some layups,” LaGrange coach Jan Jones said. “We weren’t making shots. The ball was bouncing around and not going in. It helps to knock some free throws down and make some shots so you can set up your press.”
For the Lady Tigers, it was a frustrating night.
Troup, which hasn’t won since its season opener against Harris County, appeared to be in solid shape after taking a 30-24 lead with 4:43 remaining.
The Lady Tigers were unable to finish things off, though.
“They fought hard. It happens,” Troup head coach Carla Thornton said. “I wish we would have won, but we have to get over it. We have another game (today). We can’t sulk about it. Now we see what we need to correct.”
In a low-scoring first half, LaGrange was up 11-7 after first quarter, and 16-14 at the half.
In the third period, with LaGrange managing just three points, Troup was able to grab a 23-19 lead heading into the final quarter.
D’Aushanique Sanders came up with a steal and layup at the third-quarter buzzer to give Troup the four-point lead.
The Lady Tigers continued to play well early in the fourth peroid, and Sanders made four straight free throws during a 30-second span to give her team a seven-point lead with 6:10 remaining.
After LaGrange got within four, Gabby Lockhart scored to put Troup ahead by six.
Deniya Thomas then banked in a 3-pointer with 4:30 remaining to jump-start LaGrange’s run.
Thomas only scored seven points, but Jones felt she played a terrific game.
“That’s the best game she’s played all year. She played really well,” Jones said. “We started her tonight, because she’s been working hard. She played extremely well. She hit a couple of shots, she hit a few free throws.”
Cheteyah Tucker scored back-to-back baskets to deadlock the score at 31-31 with 3:30 left, and Andrea Heflin scored with 2:30 remaining to give LaGrange a 33-31 lead.
Lockhart made two free throws with 2:07 left to tie it, and Taydra Holt answered 17 seconds later to once again give the Lady Grangers, and this time they didn’t relinquish it.
LaGrange went on to lead by as many as nine points before Troup’s Kwyneshia Spence made a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Tucker led LaGrange with 10 points, with eight of those points coming in the fourth period, and Heflin added nine points.
Spence and Arioana Patterson led Troup with 12 points apiece.
Both teams will be on the road today.
LaGrange faces Fayette County, and Troup visits Carrollton.