The season came to a close for the LaGrange Grangers in the second round of the Region 5-AAAA tournament Friday night.
Facing the Carrollton Trojans in a do-or-die game at Sandy Creek, the Grangers fought back from a nine-point halftime deficit to get within four through three periods, but they ended up losing 55-44.
The Grangers (13-14) beat the Columbus Blue Devils on Monday to advance in the tournament, but they needed a win over Carrollton to advance to the semifinals and keep their season alive.
The Grangers struggled in the first half, and they were down 29-20 at the half, but they found their rhythm a bit in the third period, and the Trojans’ lead was down to 41-37 heading into the final quarter.
The Grangers only managed seven points in the fourth period, though, and the Trojans were able to pull away for the win.
“We couldn’t hit a basket, and had to start fouling,” LaGrange head coach Mike Pauley said. “We just never recovered.”
After the strong third period, Pauley said the team was confident of its chances.
“We were feeling real good, and even in the fourth quarter we felt good for awhile,” Pauley said. “We were within striking distance the whole time, we could just never hit a basket.”
OF NOTE: For more on Friday’s game, see Monday’s sports section.