The LaGrange Lady Grangers came into Tuesday’s game against Carrollton hoping to let everyone know they’re the class of Region 6-AAA.
Consider that message delivered loud and clear.
Carrollton got within four early in the fourth period, but LaGrange finished the game on a 14-4 run to take a 63-49 victory.
The red-hot Lady Grangers have won 15 straight games to improve to 16-1 overall, and they now have a two-game lead in the region with an 8-0 record.
Carrollton (14-5 overall) is two games back of LaGrange at 6-2.
“We came into this game feeling like we had something to prove,” said LaGrange senior Terryuana Godwin, who had a game-high 19 points. “And we came out and did that today.”
Indeed they did, and Godwin was a big part of it with a game-high 19 points.
Brittany Tatum added 13 points, Arneshia Williams scored 10, and Steara Mitchell added eight points.
LaGrange head coach Jan Jones felt a stifling defensive effort was the key to the victory.
“We played great defense,” she said. “We need to defend a little bit better in the paint, but I thought we played great defense against their guards.”
There were a few tense moments late.
The Lady Grangers were up 17-14 after the first quarter, and they were ahead 32-23 at the half.
LaGrange extended that lead to 11 in the third period, and it was up 48-37 heading into the fourth quarter.
Carrollton wasn’t done.
With 6:15 remaining, Brooklyn Emory scored to cap an 8-1 run, and LaGrange’s lead was down to 49-45.
Godwin figured Carrollton would make a run, and she said there was no panic.
“We knew it wasn’t over,” she said. “We just told everybody to stay calm. Everybody did, and we won.”
Four straight points by Godwin pushed the lead back to eight before Emory scored again to make it a six-point game at the 2:30 mark.
From there, it was all LaGrange.
Tatum made a pair of free throws with 2:20 left to begin an 8-0 run that put the game on ice.
LaGrange will be back on the court Friday at Central-Carroll before visiting Carrollton High Saturday.
Jones expects Saturday’s game to be a tough one.
“They’re a great team, and they’re going to bring it Saturday,” Jones said. “(Carrollton coach Shon Thomaston) has a good program that he runs.”