The LaGrange Academy Warriors bounced back from Tuesday’s loss to top-ranked Arlington with a 75-58 victory over Heritage Thursday night.
The Warriors trailed after the first quarter, but they outscored Heritage 26-9 in the second period to take a 39-31 lead at the half.
Drew Moody had a huge game for the Warriors with 24 points and 20 rebounds.
“He’s getting more confidence with every game he plays,” LaGrange Academy head coach Matt Dalrymple said. “He’s a leader. He’s demanding the ball.”
Jordan Ring and Jay Miller each chipped in with 15 points.
The Warriors (13-3 overall) improved to 4-2 in GISA Region 4-AA.
In Thursday’s girls’ game, the Lady Warriors (14-2, 5-1, who were also coming off a loss to top-ranked Arlington, won 41-32, although head coach Rorie Bradley felt the effort wasn’t what it needed to be.
“I thought we were kind of going through the motions,” he said. “We were still thinking about Arlington.”
The Lady Warriors were up 24-8 at the half before Heritage made a nice run in the second half.
“We had a second-half letdown,” Bradley said.
Dagny Langford and Molly Child scored 12 points apiece to pace the Lady Warriors.
LaGrange Academy’s teams visit Flint River Academy on Tuesday.
LAGRANGE COLLEGE: The women’s team rolled over Wesleyan College 84-20 for its fourth straight GSAC win Thursday at Porter Gym.
The Panthers upped their record to 9-5 overall and 4-0 in conference play.
Holli Vann led the Panthers with a season-high 22 points.
Vann was 8-for-9 from the floor, including a perfect 5-for-5 from 3-point range.
Katie Covington added 10 points, all in the first half.
The Panthers set a season-high with 11 3-pointers in the game.
The Panthers shot 45.8 percent overall in the game.
For the second straight game, the Panthers held an opponent to a new low shooting percentage.
Wesleyan (0-5, 0-3 GSAC) shot only 15.1 percent in the game. The Pioneers were held to 2-for-28 shooting in the second half.
The Panthers never trailed in the game. They led 18-8 after the first seven minutes when Covington hit a pair of free throws. The Panthers held the Pioneers scoreless over the final six minutes of the first half, scoring the final 17 points for a 46-13 halftime lead.
Coach Mark Isenhour substituted freely in the second half. All 13 Panthers who played in the game scored at least two points. The 84-20 final margin was the Panthers’ largest lead.
The Panthers host Maryville College on Saturday in a GSAC game.
Game time is 2 p.m.
The LaGrange and Maryville men will play at 4 p.m.