Grangers open with win
By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor
The LaGrange Grangers jumped into a new season in style.
Facing home-standing East Coweta, the Grangers rolled to a 70-49 victory to get the 2013-2014 season started with a victory.
The Grangers led 7-6 after the first quarter, and they took off in the second period to take a 31-20 lead at the break.
LaGrange was up 49-36 through three quarters, and it outscored East Coweta 21-13 in the fourth period to put it away.
LaGrange head coach Mike Pauley said the team did a better job in the second quarter of handling the East Coweta press.
“We were able to make a couple of adjustments on our fast break,” Pauley said. “And we got some easier baskets that quarter because of the adjustments.”
Walter Shelton paced the Grangers with 17 points, and freshman guard Laperion Perry added 12 points.
Fourteen players made it on to the court, and 10 of them played.
The Grangers struggled a bit from the free-throw line, making 15-of-29 attempts, but they still scored eight more points from the charity stripe than East Coweta.
East Coweta was 7-of-14 from the line.
“It’s always a good sign when you make more free throws than they take,” Pauley said.
In Tuesday’s girls’ game, LaGrange lost to East Coweta 61-36.
The Lady Grangers only trailed 32-29 through three quarters, but East Coweta dominated the final period to pull away.
LaGrange head coach Jan Jones said there were “too many turnovers and missed layups.”
LaGrange also had a tough time from the free-throw line, making 14-of-30 attempts.
Andrea Heflin led LaGrange with 17 points, and Antoinesha Dozier scored 12 points.
LaGrange’s teams will return to the court on Tuesday to host Opelika, with the girls’ game starting at 6 p.m., and the boys’ game to follow.
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