They had a chance.
After a strong second period, the Troup Lady Tigers headed to the halftime break with all sorts of momentum.
COLUMBUS - The LaGrange Grangers still have a chance to finish the regular season as the top team in Region 1-AAAAA.The path is a lot tougher now, though.
CARROLLTON – As the Callaway Cavaliers returned to the court for the start of the second half of Tuesdays game against Central-Carroll, the outcome was still very much in doubt.
They're in first place, but there's no time to get comfortable.The LaGrange Grangers are sitting alone atop the Region 1-AAAAA standings with a 7-1 record, but there are three teams hot on their heels.
It was a welcome addition.For their five Region 5-AAA games of the season, the Callaway Lady Cavaliers had to play without junior guard Tanesha Johnson, one of the team's top play-makers.
It took both of them by surprise.
The Lafayette Christian School Cougars went on the road on Monday looking to avenge their only loss of the season, but they were unable to make it happen.
The Columbus Blue Devils had no answer for LaGrange High's smothering defense.
The first time they met, the Columbus Lady Blue Devils made easy work of LaGrange, rolling to a 75-34 victory on their home floor.
The Callaway Cavaliers haven't lost many games this season, but they did fall short against the Valley Rams in their season opener.The Cavaliers got a chance to avenge that loss on Saturday, and they made it happen.
The basket didn't have a lid on it, but it had to seem that way to the Callaway Lady Cavaliers.
They're streaking again.The Lafayette Christian School Cougars opened the season with eight straight wins before falling to Greater Atlanta Adventist Academy on Jan. 13.
It's been a familiar refrain for the Troup Tigers this season.
The LaGrange Grangers started the second half of their region schedule in style.Facing the Hardaway Hawks, the Grangers had a big offensive night on the way to an 87-62 victory, improving their Region 1-AAAAA record to 6-1.
With one of their top players returning to the court, the Callaway Lady Cavaliers topped Cedartown 75-65 on Friday in a Region 5-AAA home game.
Flint River had no answer for LaGrange Academy's Whit Moreman.Moreman, a post player, came through with a 26-point effort to lead the Warriors to a 55-46 victory over the rival Wildcats in a region game on Friday.
They've been a part of some special moments over the years.
So far, so good.The Callaway Cavaliers came into the season as the heavy favorite to win the Region 5-AAA regular-season championship, and nothing has happened to change that outlook.
It was a big day for Maddie Paschal.
The match still could have gone either way.The Troup Tigers had built a comfortable lead against LaGrange in Wednesday's county wrestling championship, but the outcome was far from assured.
LaGrange coach Scooter Weathers knew the margin for error was slim, and that was before he found out that one of his top wrestlers was going to be unable to wrestle in the county championship on Wednesday.
It was shaping up to be a bad night for the LaGrange College women's basketball team.
A little more than 10 years ago, Tyler Wynn was playing quarterback for a Troup High team that made it to the state quarterfinals.Now, he's getting ready to lead a football program not as a player, but as a head coach.
They're halfway home, and they're in first place.The LaGrange Grangers pulled away from the Northside Patriots for a 67-55 home win on Tuesday in a Region 1-AAAAA showdown.
With some clutch outside shooting from Andrea Heflin, the LaGrange Lady Grangers erased all of a six-point deficit in the final minute of Tuesday's home game against Northside.
It was a mismatch.The Callaway Cavaliers and Rockmart Yellow Jackets came into Tuesday's game tied for the top spot in Region 5-AAA with matching 4-0 records.
They needed that one.The Callaway Lady Cavaliers came into Tuesday's home game against Rockmart having dropped their first four Region 5-AAA games, and they'd lost six straight overall.
It was a stress-free evening for the LaGrange Academy Lady Warriors.Facing visiting Oak Mountain in a region game, the Lady Warriors rolled to a 52-30 victory.
They've been here before.The Troup Tigers have lost their share of heart-breakers this season, and they were on the wrong end of another close one on Tuesday.
Here we go.The LaGrange and Troup wrestling teams, who both delivered strong performances in the state duals in Macon last week, are ready to go head-to-head for county supremacy.
It was a bitterly disappointing loss for the Callaway Cavaliers, who scored nearly 100 points in Saturday's game against the Greenville Patriots, but still lost.
It was a big night for the Troup High family.The Georgia Dugout Club annual banquet was held Saturday night in Atlanta, and Troup returned home with a handful of honors.
The LaGrange Lady Grangers made easy work of Harris County on Saturday, rolling to a 68-42 victory in a non-region road game.
Well that was fun.
The Callaway Lady Cavaliers started out well, but they were unable to maintain the momentum the rest of the way en route to a 49-36 loss to Greenville on Saturday.
Coming off a one-point loss the day before, the LaGrange College Panthers needed a win on Sunday to make sure it wasn't a lost weekend.They made it happen.
They're streaking along.The LaGrange College Panthers outlasted Ferrum 60-53 on Sunday, giving them their fourth consecutive victory, and their eighth win in 10 games.
He focused on the process.Derieko Smith has shot thousands of free throws over the years, and before every game the LaGrange Grangers play, he'll be in the gym working on that part of his game.
After last weekend's loss to Carver, LaGrange High head coach Jan Jones knew what her team was going to work on in practice the following week.
The LaGrange Grangers and Troup Tigers are returning home with top-10 finishes in the state wrestling duals in hand.LaGrange and Troup each won a pair of matches in their respective classifications to reach the final eight.
MACON - They're moving on.Facing Ware County in the opening round of the Class AAAAA state duals on Thursday, the LaGrange Grangers eased their way to a 43-30 victory.
MACON - The Troup Tigers weren't satisfied with just qualifying for the state wrestling duals, they wanted to make some noise once they got there.Mission accomplished.
The Troup Tigers are still looking for their first winning streak of the season, and they're hoping to make that happen tonight.
All he could do was watch.In Saturday's match with Whitewater in the Area 5-AAAA duals, Troup senior wrestler Preston Channell went out and won a big match over an opponent he'd lost to handily earlier in the season.
With an area championship in hand, the LaGrange High wrestling team is now set on conquering the state.The Grangers won the Area 1-AAAAA tournament title on Saturday, securing an invitation to the state duals in Macon.
The LaGrange College Panthers broke open a close game in the second half to get a road win, and give head coach Lee Buchanan a milestone victory in the process.
They needed that one.After opening their region schedule with a pair of road losses, the Troup Tigers were back home against Whitewater on Tuesday looking to get a breakthrough win.They made it happen.
The Callaway Cavaliers surged to a 10-0 lead less than two minutes into the game, and that's pretty much how things went the rest of the way during Tuesday's home game against Haralson County.
In a battle of unbeatens, it was the Lafayette Christian School Cougars coming up on the short end.The Cougars brought an 8-0 record into Tuesday's home game against Greater Atlanta Adventist Academy, which was 12-0.