By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor
December 6, 2013
After a difficult first half, the LaGrange Academy Lady Warriors turned things around in a big way in the second half to beat visiting Calvary Christian 44-34 on Tuesday.
The Lady Warriors were down 12-5 after the first quarter, and they trailed 18-11 at the half.
The Lady Warriors stormed back in the third period, though, to take a 29-23 lead, and they went on to win by 10 points.
Caitlynn Croft led LaGrange Academy with 16 points, and Marybeth Cottle added 10 points.
Jana Maddox led the way in rebounds with seven, and she also had five blocks.
Sydney Allen had six rebounds and four steals, and Brandi Smalls had seven steals.
“We did a great job defensively tonight,” LaGrange Academy coach Mike Petite said. “We were able to create easy scoring opportunities and trips to the line off of pressure defense and that was what made the difference tonight, especially since we did not shoot the ball particularly well.
“We will have to limit our own turnovers as the season progresses and continue to play solid defense as we move toward region play.”
In the third quarter, Petite said LaGrange Academy’s pressure defense made a big difference.
Croft scored nine of her points in the quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Calvary Christian scored the first four points to get within two, but Cottle hit a 3-pointer to get the Lady Warriors going again.
In the boys’ game, senior Chase Wardlaw led the way as LaGrange Academy edged Calvary Christian 54-50.
Wardlaw finished with 32 points, and he is off to a fast start for the 2-1 Warriors.
“He not only is our best scorer right now, but he’s really unselfish,” LaGrange Academy coach Britt Gaylor said. “He looks to involve everybody. But our team knows he’s got to score. It’s nice to see him putting up these numbers we know he’s been capable of.”
Daniel Wardlaw added 13 points, and Gaylor said Zack Alsop and Jamie Zubernis “played great defensively for us.”
Gaylor called it “an all-around team win. They made plays down the stretch that helped us seal the victory.”