Tourney games pushed back
By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor
When the week began, the LaGrange Grangers were thinking if they found a way to get past their opening-round game in the Region 5-AAAA tournament, they would play again on Wednesday.
The schedule was then adjusted so that the second-round game would be on Tuesday, so after the Grangers handled the Columbus Blue Devils on Monday, they figured they’d be playing again the next day.
Instead, the schedule has been changed for a third time, and LaGrange will play Carrollton on Friday in the second-round game.
The game will be played at Sandy Creek High School at 6 p.m., and the winner will advance to the semifinals on Saturday at Alexander.
The tournament finals will be held Monday at Alexander.
Because of the winter storm, the decision was made not to play games on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
LaGrange coach Mike Pauley is fine with how things have played out.
“I think in some ways this is a good scenario for us,” Pauley said. “We played a game, we had a good practice (on Tuesday), we get a couple of days and I think the kids will come back with more energy.”
LaGrange (13-13) is coming off an impressive performance against Columbus.
The Grangers took charge from the get-go, and they led by as many as 24 points in the second half before claiming a 62-48 victory.
Now the Grangers are one victory away from securing a spot in the state tournament, and that would be a tremendous accomplishment for a team that not only lost every starter from last year’s region-championship team, but every player who saw significant minutes.
“If we could pull one off on Friday, we would just be elated,” Pauley said. “We think we’re a little ahead of where we thought we would be.”
LaGrange is the only local team remaining in the Region 5-AAAA tournament.
The Troup boys’ team, as well as the girls’ teams from LaGrange and Troup were eliminated in the first round on Monday.
The Callaway teams will begin play in the Region 4-AAA tournament later in the week.
The third-seeded Lady Cavaliers will play either Rockmart or Haralson County on Friday at 4 p.m. at Haralson County.
If the Lady Cavaliers win, they would advance to the semifinals on Saturday.
The Cavaliers, by virtue of their number two seed, have a bye into the semifinals, and they’ll play their tournament opener on Saturday at Haralson County.
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