The LaGrange Lady Grangers staged a terrific fourth-quarter rally Friday night against the visiting Shaw Lady Raiders, but unfortunately for the home team, it didn’t result in a win.
The Lady Grangers found themselves trailing by seven points with a little more than two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, but they finished regulation on an 11-4 run to force overtime.
In the four-minute extra period, Shaw outscored LaGrange 8-6 to escape with a 58-56 victory.
The Lady Grangers (5-13 overall) fell to 2-6 in Region 5-AAAA heading into today’s game against Columbus, which has yet to lose a game in the region and is one of the state’s top-ranked teams.
The Lady Grangers trailed 12-8 after the first quarter, and they were down 23-19 at the half.
Through three quarters, LaGrange was behind 34-29.
The Lady Raiders quickly went up by eight points moments into the fourth period, but the Lady Grangers responded with an 8-0 run to pull even at 37-37 with 6:12 remaining.
Taydra Holt made a pair of free throws to cap the 8-0 run and get LaGrange even.
Shaw answered with a 9-2 run, though, to grab a 46-39 lead with 2:25 showing on the clock.
Back came the Lady Grangers, who scored the next six points to trim the Shaw lead to one with 1:37 remaining.
Shaw’s lead was back up to four when LaGrange’s Erica Daniel scored with 33 seconds left to make it a 49-47 game.
Deniya Thomas made a free throw with 18 seconds left to get LaGrange within a point, and a Kayla Bonilla free throw with 12 seconds left pushed the lead back to two.
With five seconds left, Daniel was fouled, and she went to the line with a chance to tie it.
Daniel knocked down both free throws, and it was tied 50-50, and it was on to overtime.
The Lady Raiders went on a 6-1 run at the start of overtime to take control, and their lead was 58-52 with 1:56 remaining.
Antoinesha Dozier scored four straight points to get the Lady Grangers within two with 12 seconds remaining, but the Lady Raiders held on for the narrow win.
Dozier led LaGrange with 16 points, and Bonilla had 16 points for Shaw.