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Troup hoops teams return to action

By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY

Daily News

After more than a week off, the Troup High basketball teams will get back to work on Tuesday.

While Troup’s boys’ team will host Handley, Troup’s girls’ team will be at Carrollton High School to play Columbia.

Both teams have been off since Dec. 12 when they swept Harris County.

Last week’s scheduled games against Hardaway and Spencer were postponed because of quarantine procedures related to Covid-19.

The Tigers (3-2) have won three consecutive games since opening the season with back-to-back losses.

Against Harris County, Troup put together its most complete performance of the season in a 61-38 victory.

K.J. Tucker, one of Troup’s talented seniors, led the way with 20 points.

“It was a complete team win, from coaches, players, and everybody,” said Troup head coach Blake Craft. “When I went in the locker room after the game, I told the kids this is the first time I can come in here and say, hey, I’ll see you on Monday, because there wasn’t much to say. They just played a hell of a game.”

Tuesday’s challenge will be a tough one, with Troup hosting Handley at 6 p.m.

Handley won it first five games of the season before losing two in a row, and it bounced back for a 49-42 win over McAdory on Monday to get back on track.

The Lady Tigers (3-2) have also won three straight games after opening the season with two losses. Troup extended its winning streak to three with a 72-60 win over Harris County in a game that wasn’t as close as the score indicated.

Troup was ahead by as many as 21 points in the fourth quarter before Harris County made a late run. Aniya Palmer, a junior who helped Troup reach the Class AAAA state-championship game last season, led the team with 18 points, and she also had seven rebounds, six assists, six steals and two blocks.

“You see her have a total complete game, I was real happy for her,” Troup head coach Carla Thornton said. “You know what she’s capable of. She’s real unselfish. She wants to see everybody succeed.”

On Tuesday, there will be eight games played at Carrollton High.

The fifth of those games will feature Troup against Columbia, with tip-of set for 4 p.m.