LaGrange runs away from Troup for dominant region win
Published 9:43 pm Saturday, February 3, 2024
The Grangers ran away from crosstown rivals Troup in the second half to earn a dominant 77-50 region win as the regular season nears its conclusion.
The two teams were trading punches as the early part of the game was back and forth.
The Grangers were able to take a 21-13 lead after the first quarter, but the Tigers came storming back in the second. They closed the gap to as close as two points, but LaGrange closed out the quarter in style including a deep 3-pointer from BJ Wortham in the closing seconds of the half to give LaGrange a 36-26 lead heading to the break.
That was just the momentum boost the Grangers needed. It was a shot in the arm and LaGrange came out of the halftime break meaning business.
The Grangers’ offense ran the Tigers up and down the court in the second half. It did not take LaGrange to start running away with it in the third which caused a frustrated Troup coach Vasher Hammett to call a timeout.
By the end of the third quarter, the LaGrange lead ballooned to 17 points. The fourth quarter was more of the same as the Grangers entertained the packed house with alley-oops and breakaway dunks.
On one bench you had an ecstatic Mark Veal and players and on the other were slumped heads and dejected looks as time winded down in the Troup High gym.
The student sections made for a tremendous atmosphere. By the late stages of the fourth quarter, it sounded like the game was taking place at the New Barn at LaGrange High.
It was a balanced attack from the LaGrange offense with 10 total players getting in the scoring column. Jamarcus Pope was the main man for the offense, tallying 16 points. Three other Grangers scored in double figures as J’un Hall, Torian Reeves and Wortham all finished with 10 points.
On the other side, only seven Troup players scored with Dee Moreland leading the way with 14 points. DeJaylen Campbell and Jaylen Brown each had 10 points as most of the Tigers could not get it going on the offensive end.
LaGrange bounced back from two straight losses to improve to 17-6 overall and 8-5 in region play. The Grangers have just two games left in the regular season — one at home against Riverdale on Tuesday and the other will also be at home in a rematch against Troup.
The Tigers have dropped four games in a row to fall 9-14 overall and 3-9 in region play. The Tigers will host Fayette County on Tuesday as they look to get their season back on track before the region tournament.