Sometimes winning is just a mindset.
That is starting to sink in for the Lady Granger basketball team. LaGrange High turned a three-point fourth quarter deficit into a 44-36 win against Houston County on Tuesday night, Nov. 22 at LHS.
Senior center Shania Woodward and the Lady Grangers took their game to the next level in the final eight minutes of play. La-Grange High began the fourth period in a 27-24 hole.
The Lady Grangers then proceeded to go on a 16-0 run. LaGrange High took a 40-27 lead behind the 6-foot-1 Woodward, and LHS junior guards Aryan Dozier and Chnairiea Strozier.
“We pressured them, and we hustled. We’re a fastpaced team,” said Woodward.
The Lady Bears believe it. Houston County watched as Dozier stole the ball twice and turned those steals into layups. Woodward and Strozier would also score at the free throw line for La-Grange High in the fourth quarter.
LaGrange camped out at the free throw line. Lady Granger freshman guard Chaquave’ayr Robinson also scored for LaGrange High at the free throw stripe in the fourth period.
The Lady Grangers outscored Houston County, 20-9 in the last quarter. La-Grange High got a layup from Woodward coming down the stretch as well.
“We moved the ball. We got out of our zone (defense), and we put some pressure on them. We stayed out of foul trouble. This win is going to give us some confidence,” said Lady Grangers coach Stephen Tuck.
The momentum in the game did change like the West Georgia wind. The Lady Bears went on a run of their own in the third period. Houston County took a 27-20 lead with 2:12 left in the third stanza.
The Lady Bears had just gone on a 12-2 run behind 6-foot-2 senior center Natalie Averett and 5-foot-7 junior guard Tamia Nelson. Houston County looked like it was on its way to a nourishing road win.
But LaGrange High did score the last four points of the third period to shave the deficit to 27-24. The Lady Grangers then outplayed Houston County in every way possible in the fourth quarter.
The Lady Grangers improved to 1-1 on the season. Houston County, which is coached by Daniell Johnson, now has an 0-2 record.
Senior guard Autumn Ring did pour in 11 points for the Lady Bears. Tamia Nelson added 10 points.
LaGrange High ended its night with three double figure scorers – Dozier, Strozier and Woodward. Dozier and Woodward finished with 14 points each. The 5-foot-4 Strozier knocked down 12 points for the Lady Grangers.
Chris Fernsler Sports Writer