Warriors win second straight
Published 12:18 am Wednesday, January 16, 2019
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
For the first time this season, the LaGrange Academy Warriors are on a winning streak.
LaGrange Academy followed up Saturday’s victory over Springwood with a 36-26 win over region rival St. George’s on Tuesday night.
The Warriors (5-10) have won three of their past four games, and they’re playing their best basketball of the season at the right time with the region tournament coming up in a few weeks.
“You can always talk and talk, but if you’re not winning they don’t see it,” said Ken Klinger, LaGrange Academy’s first-year head coach. “Now, they see this stuff is actually working, and they’re starting to buy into the system and adjusting to a new coach. Some of these guys, this is their third coach in as many years.”
LaGrange Academy played at St. George’s on Dec. 4, and it lost 45-32.
In the rematch, LaGrange Academy broke open a close game late to split the regular-season series with St. George’s.
Terence Broaden led the Warriors with 12 points, and he made some huge plays down the stretch to help salt the game away.
Christen Copeland, the Warriors’ leading scorer this season, added eight points, with six of them coming in the first quarter.
Trey Reeves added six points, Matthew Klinger scored four points, and Andrew Knight and Riley Hess each made 3-pointers.
The Warriors were up 7-5 after the opening quarter, and they led 16-12 at the half.
LaGrange Academy led by as many as six points in the third quarter, but its lead was down to 27-24 as the final period began.
The Warriors’ lead was still three when Klinger went up and grabbed an offensive rebound, and he scored to make it a 31-26 game.
Broaden scored the Warriors final five points, and he also pulled down some key rebounds and came through with a critical steal in the final minutes.
Broaden put it away by making four straight free throws in the final 38 seconds.
GIRLS GAME: A difficult fourth quarter proved to be LaGrange Academy’s undoing.
St. George’s outscored LaGrange Academy 16-0 in the final quarter to secure a 39-21 victory in a region game.
Ivey Portis led LaGrange Academy with eight points, and Kayla McBride added six points.
Trailing 10-7 at the half, LaGrange Academy found its offensive footing in the third quarter, with Portis and McBride combining for 14 points
LaGrange Academy led by five points at one point in the third quarter, but it was down 23-21 by the time the fourth quarter rolled around.
St. George’s finished the game on a 22-4 run.
LaGrange Academy’s teams will be at home on Friday against Piedmont, and it will be homecoming.