LaGrange falls in region opener

Published 11:07 pm Tuesday, January 2, 2024

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It was a tough night for the LaGrange girls basketball on Tuesday in their region opener against North Clayton, falling 56-29 at home.

It was a slow start to the game for both offenses with the Eagles taking a narrow 10-9 lead after the first quarter.

LaGrange’s offense continued to struggle in the second quarter as the North Clayton offense began to find some footing which allowed the Eagles to take a 7-point lead into halftime.

The Grangers were able to hang around for the first half but struggled out of the gates in the coming out of the halftime break. A 4-0 run by North Clayton to start the second half put the Eagles up by double-digits and they never looked back from there.

The Eagles’ offense, which was kept in check in the first half, came alive to score 34 points in the second half.

The lack of offensive production, which loomed large in the first half, was once again a problem over the final 16 minutes as the Grangers could muster just 14 points despite the Eagles rotating in some of their reserves.

The Grangers really struggled from the charity stripe, finishing 11 of 26 on free throw attempts.

Madyson Booker and Ta’Niya Taylor led the Grangers in scoring with eight and seven points, respectively. Jaida Davis finished with six points — all from the free-throw line.

Lagrange has now dropped five games in a row to fall to 1-7 on the season. The Grangers start 0-1 in region play and will travel to take on region opponent Whitewater (2-6) in another important clash on Saturday.