Lady Tigers continue perfect start
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
The Troup Lady Tigers continued their perfect season with a 54-36 victory over Westminster on Friday in the War Eagle Classic at Woodward Academy.
Amber Gilbert led the way with 17 points, and Aniya Palmer scored 14 points as Troup improved to 8-0.
Alexcia Murphy contributed eight points, and Monyia Murphy scored six points.
It was tied 11-11 after the first quarter, and Troup was ahead 28-21 at the half and 37-26 through three quarters.
Troup put it away in the fourth quarter by outscoring Westminster 17-10.
Troup can make it nine straight wins to start the season by beating Cedar Grove on Saturday at Woodward Academy.
After that, Troup doesn’t play again until Jan. 3 when it opens Region 5-AAAA play against Chapel Hill.
Also on Friday, Troup’s boys’ team beat Elite Scholars Academy 65-37.
The victory snapped a three-game losing streak for the Tigers, and head coach Blake Craft was pleased with the offensive execution.
“Were they a great team, no, but we still had to hit shots,” Craft said. “And we hit open shots, so that was positive. And our defense was good.”
K.J. Tucker, Gabe Cofield and Camren O’Neal each scored in double figures for Troup.
Troup will try to make it two wins in a row when it faces Westminster on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Woodward Academy.
LAGRANGE: The Grangers improved to 10-0 with a 58-44 road win over Lamar County.
Kobe Jones led the Grangers with 15 points, and D.J. Burks added 15 points.
“It’s good to win on the road, and being 10-0 is always nice,” said LaGrange head coach Mark Veal. “We’ve got to keep moving forward and getting better because region play starts in a couple of weeks.”
In Friday’s girls’ game, LaGrange lost to Lamar County 49-41.
Ayanna Ramsey led LaGrange with 12 points.
LaGrange was playing without one of its top players, senior Kamelah Kelley, who was out with an injury.
Both LaGrange teams will play games in the War Eagle Classic at Woodward Academy on Saturday.
LaGrange’s boys’ team plays Forest Park at 11:45 a.m., and the girls’ team plays Elite Scholars Academy at 1:30 p.m.