Tough night for Lady Grangers

Published 11:53 am Saturday, January 9, 2021

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The rim didn’t have a lid on it, although it had to seem that way at times for the LaGrange Lady Grangers.

In its first game of 2021, LaGrange (1-7) had a hard time putting points on the scoreboard on the way to a 48-25 loss to visiting Trinity Christian on Friday night.

While points were hard to come by, LaGrange head coach Stephen Tuck’s message to the players is to keep running the offense, and hopefully the shots will start to fall.

“The biggest thing I’m preaching to the girls is, continue to take good shots,” Tuck said. “Every time we take a good shot, they miss, and their heads want to drop. I have to tell them, that’s a good shot. Just take good shots. That’s the biggest thing. Continue to take good shots. There’ll be nights like this.”

Brandasia Cofield led LaGrange with 12 points, and she made a 3-pointer and was 5-of-6 from the free-throw line.

Nina Brooks made all four of her free-throw attempts while scoring four points, and Kayla Welch also had four points.

Anna Denes led Trinity Christian with 17 points, and Madison Morge made four 3-pointers and scored 16 points.

Trinity Christian had a 9-4 lead after the first quarter and it was ahead 18-9 at the halftime break.

LaGrange’s deficit was still nine points when Morge made a 3-pointer with 5:46 left in the third quarter, pushing the lead to 25-13.

Trinity Christian pulled away from there, taking a 38-16 lead through three quarters, and it led by at least 20 points throughout the fourth quarter.

LaGrange will host Hampton on Saturday and Heritage on Tuesday before opening Region 2-AAAA play next weekend.

While Troup and Carver appear to be the class of the region, Tuck believes his team can go toe-to-toe with all of the other teams.

“I looked at film of just about every else other than the top two, and if we can do some of the right things, we’ll give ourselves a chance, and that’s all you can do,” Tuck said.

SCHEDULE NOTE: LaGrange will host Hampton on Saturday.

The girls’ game is at 4:30 p.m., with the boys’ game to follow at 6 p.m.