Troup, after losing its first 11 games this season, broke through for that first elusive victory by beating homestanding Shaw 44-42 on Tuesday in a Region 5-AAAA game.
Shaw was also looking for its first win.
“They’ve been working so hard,” Troup head coach Carla Thornton said. “I’m glad they finally got to experience a victory and some joy.”
It wasn’t easy.
The Lady Tigers were down 31-27 through three periods, and after taking the lead, they held off a late Shaw charge to break through for the win.
Sydni Jackson led Troup with 14 points, and DeeDee Sanders added 11 points.
In Tuesday’s boys’ game, Shaw stayed hot with a 59-48 win over Troup.
The Raiders (12-5 overall) ran their region record to 6-1, and they’ve won six in a row since a two-point loss to LaGrange.
The Tigers (8-7 overall) fell to 3-4 in the region, and they’ve lost three in a row.
“It was a close game until the end, and we just couldn’t pull it out,” Troup head coach Thermond Billingslea said.
Billingslea said the team was unable to overcome poor offensive execution.
“We had too many turnovers,” Billingslea said. “It was turnover after turnover. We were lucky to be in the game after all those turnovers.”
Troup will be at home against Alexander on Friday.