Grangers break through for first win
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
The LaGrange Grangers, after dropping their first two games of the season, got into the win column with a 55-51 home victory over Harris County on Friday.
LaGrange, which opened with losses to Smiths Station and Troup, built a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter against Harris County before holding on for the four-point win.
It was an impressive victory over a Harris County team that was unbeaten at the time.
LaGrange head coach Mark Veal used 15 different players, including junior guard Kobe Jones, who made his season debut after recently finishing football season.
Jones, LaGrange’s second-leading scorer last season, led a balanced scoring effort with 12 points, while Javon Brown and Taylor Stevens added eight and seven points, respectively.
The addition of Jones, a play-making guard who helped lead the football team to the second round of the state playoffs, will no doubt help the Grangers as they jump into region competition.
“We’ve got some other kids we’re getting back that we think will help, too,” Veal said.
LaGrange’s girls’ team fell to Harris County 57-33 to fall to 0-3.
LaGrange’s teams were supposed to open Region 2-AAAA play on Tuesday, but the games have been postponed because of Covid-19 issues with the Columbus High basketball teams.