Can Lady Tigers turn it around?

By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor

January 16, 2014

The season began on an up-note for the Troup Lady Tigers, but it’s been a struggle since.

The Lady Tigers opened their season with an impressive victory over Harris County, but that is the only game they’ve won.

Today, Troup will try to end its 10-game slide when it travels to face the rival LaGrange Lady Grangers.

It’s a game both teams need.

While Troup (1-10 overall) is 0-4 in Region 5-AAAA, LaGrange (4-11) is 1-4 in the region.

The two teams will face off at 6 p.m., with the boys’ game to follow.

Troup blew out Harris County 67-51 in its first game, but it followed that up with 10 straight losses.

The most recent setback came on Tuesday, with Fayette County rolling to a 71-20 victory.

Troup is a young team, with freshmen and sophomores getting the bulk of the playing time, and head coach Carla Thornton is hoping the players will keep improving leading up to the region tournament in February.

“I just want them to compete, and you never know what’ll happen at tournament time,” Thornton said.

A win would certainly help the team’s mindset, especially a win over LaGrange

“That’s a rivalry game, so hopefully they’ll bring their A game,” Thornton said. “They’d better.”

LaGrange, meanwhile, has been competitive in most of its games, but it has been done in largely by poor third-quarter performances.

That was the case again Wednesday against Callaway.

The Lady Grangers had a 21-19 lead at the half, but they were outscored 19-8 in the third period on the way to a 55-43 loss.

“We have to be able to come out and execute (in the third quarter),” LaGrange head coach Jan Jones said.

Jones said she was proud of the way her team competed against Callaway, though, and she feels a game like that “just makes us better for our next game.”

The Lady Grangers have been competitive in most of their games, they’re just having trouble finishing things off.

“We just have to find a way to win,” Jones said. “Hopefully with the home stretch we can get something going.”