Troup drops pair of close games

Published 10:28 pm Monday, December 5, 2016

By Kevin Eckleberry

The Troup Lady Tigers lost a couple of tough ones over the weekend, falling to Harris County 55-42 on Friday before losing to East Coweta 44-40 on Saturday.

In Friday’s game, the Lady Tigers (1-2) got 11 points apiece from Jedda Madden and Amber Gilbert and Kwyneshia Spence added nine points in the loss.

Troup held a 29-28 lead through three quarters, but Harris County exploded for 27 points in the fourth quarter to surge to the home win.

In Saturday’s game, Troup outscored East Coweta 15-11 in the fourth quarter, but it was  unable to complete the comeback.

Gilbert had a big day for Troup with 19 points, including nine points in the first quarter, and seven in the fourth.

Spence added eight points for Troup.

The Troup Tigers (2-1), meanwhile, split their two games.

After outlasting Harris County 60-55, Troup fell to East Coweta 55-35.

Troup’s teams will be at home on Friday to face rival Callaway, with the girls’ game tipping off at 6 p.m. and the boys’ game to follow.

LAGRANGE: After beginning the season with three straight wins, the Grangers tasted defeat for the first time on Friday when they lost to Hillgrove 59-45 on the road.

It was a tough matchup against a strong Hillgrove team that plays in the state’s highest classification and is now 5-1.

In the girls’ game, it was Hillgrove beating LaGrange 61-23.

LaGrange’s teams will at home on Tuesday against Whitewater.

LAFAYETTE CHRISTIAN: Lafayette Christian’s boys’ team fell to Ballard Christian 65-58 in overtime on Friday.

Ross Clifton had a monster game for the Cougars with 32 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Gregory Benefield added 11 points, 10 rebounds and five steals.

Freshman Cameron Gisler scored nine points.

WRESTLING: It was a winning weekend for LaGrange and Troup.

LaGrange hosted the Granger Duals, and it went 5-0 to win the tournament for the second straight year.

Troup also had a perfect day, finishing 5-0 in a dual-format tournament hosted by Carrollton High.

OF NOTE: For more on the performances by the LaGrange and Troup wrestling teams, see Tuesday’s sports section.

LAGRANGE COLLEGE: In its USA South opener, LaGrange College’s men’s basketball team lost to Maryville 97-84 on Saturday.

Drew Vanderbrook lead the Panthers with 14 points, Elijah Adedoyin added 13 points, Justyn Olson and Travis Thompson had 12 points apiece, and Alex Bonner scored 10.