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Lady Grangers win region 6-AAA title
March 23, 2011Lagrange High School
Lady Grangers win region
The LaGrange Lady Grangers, already one of the prime contenders to win it all in Class AAA, further established themselves as a threat to take the state crown with a dominant performance in the championship game of the Region 6-AAA tournament Saturday night.
The Lady Grangers soared to a 27-14 lead after the first quarter, and although their lead shrunk to four in the third period, they were never seriously threatened and went on to claim a 72-62 victory.
The Lady Grangers will carry a 21-2 record into their first-round state-tournament game against Chestatee, the fourth-place team from Region 8-AAA.
"The girls definitely needed this," LaGrange coach Jan Jones. "They've worked hard. They deserved it. They came out and played well."
Winning the region title at home, senior Terryuana Godwin said, made the occasion more special
"It couldn't get any better than this," said Godwin, who scored 14 points. "On the road is good, but being at home is even better."
For Godwin and Jones, it was a familiar feeling.
In the fall, Godwin was the center fielder and Jones was the head coach for the softball team that won a region title.
"There aren't many years where you'll be able to win it in softball and then turn around and win it in basketball," Jones said. "It is special."
Now, the Lady Grangers turn their attention to the state tournament where they'll be looking to duplicate or even surpass their success from a year ago when they made it to the state semifinals.
"I feel confident, but I know not to take any team lightly," Godwin said.
The Lady Grangers hoped to start quickly against Carrollton, and they did, exploding for 27 points in the first quarter.
"Our new thing is, hit the floor running and don't look back," Jones said. "And we've done that the past three games."
As prolific as the Lady Grangers were on offense in the first period, they struggled mightily in the second quarter and managed just four points with two starters Tatum & Williams on the bench the quarter with foul issues, but they were still ahead 31-21 at the half.
In the third quarter, Carrollton made a charge, and it got within four after back-to-back 3-pointers.
LaGrange quickly regained control, and it let 47-35 by the time the quarter ended.
Post player KaBrenna Smith scored six straight points during one stretch in the third period.
"I was trying to post up hard, and they were leaving me open," said Smith, who scored 14 points.
Added Jones: "She stepped up in the third quarter. She made some big baskets and made her free throws."
Carrollton kept fighting and got within eight at the 5:39 mark, but LaGrange was too strong down the stretch.
Sophomore guard Brittany Tatum led LaGrange with 16 points.
Fellow sophomore guard Steara Mitchell added 10 points.