For the second straight game, the LaGrange Lady Grangers were on the field against one of the best teams in Class AAAA, at least according to the state rankings.
Before spring break, LaGrange faced off against a strong Columbus team and played well in a 2-0 loss.
On Tuesday, the Lady Grangers returned to the field for their first game since March 27, and their opponent was a Spalding County team ranked in the top 10.
Once again the Lady Grangers hung tough, but the outcome was the same as the Columbus game, with Spalding County capturing a 2-0 victory.
Spalding County scored a pair of goals in the first half, and the game was scoreless in the second half.
“The second half, we didn’t allow a goal,” LaGrange coach Rusty Cook said. “We played well.”
The Lady Grangers fell to 5-8, and with a 2-4 Region 5-AAAA record with one region game remaining, they won’t be going to the playoffs.
Cook is proud of how the team has competed this season, though, after the loss of a huge group of seniors from last year’s team, including the program’s all-time leading scorer, Cassidy Kemp.
“Our record’s not as good as want it to be, but we’ve got a really good team,” Cook said. “We’re not going to make the playoffs. That’s disappointing. But we’re preparing for the future.”
LaGrange has played a challenging schedule this season, and Cook believes that has benefited his players.
“That’s what we want. We want to play good competition,” Cook said. “ That’ll make us better.”
LaGrange still has four games remaining this season, including Friday’s match-up with Troup at 5:30 p.m.