Strong fourth quarter lifts Grangers
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
The LaGrange Grangers shrugged off an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the home-standing Central-Carroll Lions 57-50 in their Region 5-AAAA opener on Friday.
Central appeared to be in control after outscoring LaGrange 18-9 in the third quarter to take a 47-39 lead.
The fourth quarter was all LaGrange, though, which limited Central-Carroll to three points in the final eight minutes to rally for the road win.
LaGrange stayed red-hot, winning its sixth consecutive game to improve to 9-5 overall and 1-0 in the region.
Jordan Ogletree was LaGrange’s leading scorer with 15 points, and DJ Burks added 10 points.
Earley Sanders scored seven points, and Jalen Parker and Marquis Cox each had six points.
Trailing 14-9 after the first quarter, LaGrange went off for 21 points in the second quarter to go ahead 30-29 at the break.
The third quarter was dominated by Central-Carroll, but LaGrange turned the tables in the fourth quarter to take control.
In the girls’ game, LaGrange led by one point through three periods, but Central-Carroll used a 17-point fourth quarter to secure the 48-42 win.
Katelyn Hill led LaGrange with 12 points while making a pair of 3-pointers, and Zaria Russell added nine points.
Hill and Russell combined to go 4-of-4 from the free-throw line.
Blair Herrod added eight points, and she made two 3-pointers.
LaGrange hosts region foe Cedartown on Saturday, with the girls’ game starting at 3 p.m., and the boys’ game to follow.