Grangers fall just short
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
CARTERSVILLE – The LaGrange Grangers rallied from a 13-point second-half deficit to take a late lead, but it was the Cartersville Purple Hurricanes coming away with a 66-65 home win on Friday night.
Kolbe Benham was fouled with less than a second remaining, and he made both free throws to give Cartersville the one-point win.
The Grangers were down by 13 points in the third quarter, and they got within eight heading to the fourth quarter.
The Grangers continued their charge in the final quarter and had a three-point lead with 20 seconds left, but the Purple Hurricanes rallied for the region win.
Blake Miles led the fourth-quarter charge with 11 points while making two 3-pointers.
The Grangers (18-4 overall) fell to 5-4 in Region 5-AAAA win, and they remained in third place heading into Saturday’s home showdown with the Troup Tigers.
DJ Burks led LaGrange with 19 points.
Friday’s girls’ game was also competitive, with Cartersville outlasting LaGrange 37-34.
LaGrange had a two-point lead with a little more than 30 seconds left, but Cartersville escaped with the close win.
Corriah Williams made two 3-pointers and led LaGrange with nine points.
Madison Coverson scored eight points, and Kylah Campbell had six points.
LaGrange will host Troup on Saturday, with the girls’ game tipping off at 6 p.m.