Someone will walk away with a much-needed region win today, while also earning bragging rights over a county rival.
The LaGrange Grangers and Troup Tigers have each won just one Region 5-AAAA game this season, and one of those teams will secure a key second region win today.
The two rivals will square off at LaGrange High today in the first of their two regular-season meetings.
First up will be the girls’ game at 6 p.m., followed by the boys’ game at 7:30 p.m.
In the boys’ game, the Grangers and Tigers are both looking to gain some traction in region play.
After falling to Sandy Creek on Tuesday, the Grangers (7-8 overall) are 1-4 in the region, and the Tigers (5-6) are 1-3 against region opponents.
The only region win for LaGrange and Troup came against Columbus.
It’s been a tough week so far for the Grangers.
After Tuesday’s 59-40 loss to Sandy Creek, LaGrange turned around and lost to Callaway 74-61 on Wednesday.
The Grangers have dropped five of six games since the calendar flipped to 2014, and they’ve lost four straight games, all by double digits.
“The good news, we get to go back to practice tomorrow, and it’s a new day,” LaGrange head coach Mike Pauley said after the Callaway loss.
The Grangers opened their region schedule with a 57-55 loss to Shaw, and they turned around and beat Columbus 53-47 to even their region record.
Since then, though, LaGrange has lost to Alexander 67-44, Fayette County 64-54, and Sandy Creek 59-40.
While the Alexander game was never really in doubt, the Fayette County and Sandy Creek games were both close late.
The Grangers had a six-point lead at the start of the fourth quarter against Fayette County, but they were outscored 26-10 over the final eight minutes.
Against Sandy Creek, it was a close game midway through the fourth quarter before things went south for the Grangers.
“We have to find kids who play well together, and then go out and do it,” Pauley said.
Troup, meanwhile, will try to bounce back from Tuesday’s tough loss to Fayette County.
After splitting a pair of overtime games last weekend, the Tigers were overwhelmed by Fayette County.
The Tigers only scored six points in the first period, and they never able to get their offense on track on the way to a 67-28 loss.
That loss came on the heels of two dramatic games over the weekend.
On Jan. 10, Carrollton tied it with two seconds left in regulation before going on to win 57-53 in overtime.
A day later, it looked like the Tigers were headed for another region loss against Columbus, but they stormed back with a 12-0 run in the final 34 seconds of regulation to tie it.
Troup dominated overtime to win 60-54 and collect its first region win.
“They’re working, and they’re going to get better,” Troup coach Paul Brewer said after the Columbus game.
Both LaGrange and Troup are finding out how difficult life is in a region that has three teams ranked in the top 10 in Class AAAA.
“You just get every win you can get,” Brewer said. “It’s tough every game.”