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Grangers hope to stay perfect

By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY

Daily News

The LaGrange Grangers were flying high.

LaGrange High’s boys’ basketball team began the 2012-2013 season with nine consecutive wins, and it carried that perfect record into a showdown with W.D. Mohammed in the second game of the LaGrange Toyota Classic.

In a hard-fought and competitive game, it was W.D. Mohammed escaping with a 64-57 victory, ending LaGrange’s winning streak at nine.

Flash forward seven years and LaGrange is unbeaten and headed for another matchup with W.D. Mohammed in the LaGrange Toyota Classic.

Whether LaGrange will still have an unblemished record when it plays W.D. Mohammed will be determined on Friday.

LaGrange, which improved to 9-0 with a pair of victories in the War Eagle Classic at Woodward Academy last weekend, will play Heard County on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the fourth and final game of the day.

The LaGrange Toyota Classic resumes on Monday, and LaGrange and W.D. Mohammed will meet at 7:30 p.m. in a highly-anticipated matchup between teams with one loss between them.

First things first.

LaGrange, which is off to its best start since the 2012-2013 season, will face a Heard County team that is struggling.

Heard County is 1-11, and it has dropped nine straight games since beating Oak Mountain Academy for its lone win.

If LaGrange dispatches Heard County, it will take a 10-0 record into Monday’s game with a strong W.D. Mohammed team.

W.D. Mohammed, which has been a fixture in the LaGrange Toyota Classic over the years, has been rolling.

W.D. Mohammed, which plays Newnan on Friday at 3 p.m., is 10-1, with its lone loss coming to Hapeville Charter in overtime.

Four W.D. Mohammed players are averaging in double figures in points, including Ahmad Abdurrahman, a senior guard who scores more than 16 points a game.

LaGrange, like W.D. Mohammed, features a balanced offense, with numerous players leading the way in scoring throughout the season.

Sophomore guard Kobe Jones is one of LaGrange’s most explosive players, and he had more than 30 points in a win over Callaway.

Other players with the ability to fill up the scoring column are Earley Sanders, Kindae Maddox, D.J. Burks, Javon Brown and Nafis Carston, all of whom have been the team’s leading scorer during a game this season.

Blake Miles and Garrett Jacobsen, a freshman who started LaGrange’s most recent game, have also been key contributors for the Grangers.

Taylor Stephens made a pair of 3-pointers during a game this season, and Kiias Hodnett, Exavious Reed and Avery Hill have provided key minutes as well.

On some nights, every player on the varsity roster has appeared in a game.

After the two games in the LaGrange Toyota Classic, LaGrange will begin its Region 5-AAAA schedule on Jan. 3 against Central-Carroll.

LAGRANGE TOYOTA CLASSIC

FRIDAY

3 p.m. – Newnan vs. WD Mohammed

4:30 p.m. – McIntosh vs. Drew Charter

6 p.m. – Spalding County vs. Flint River

7:30 p.m. – LaGrange vs. Heard County

MONDAY

3 p.m. – Drew Charter vs. Newnan

4:30 p.m. – Heard County vs. Flint River

6 p.m. – Spalding vs. McIntosh