High School Basketball
3-pointers not enough as Indians fall to LaGrange
by Doug Gorman
If Tuesday nights game between East Coweta and LaGrange had been a 3-point shooting contest, the Indians would won.
But Grangers showed their range from both the inside and outside en route to a 70-49 non-region victory inside John Thrower Gymnasium.
LaGrange led 7-6 at the end of the first quarter and pushed the lead to 31-20 at the half on a night when Dantarius Bray took over for the Grangers with solid play on both ends of the floor.
Bray worked the fast break to perfection for LaGrange scoring some easy transition baskets en route to a 14-point night.
East Coweta dropped to 1-1. The Indians were coming off a 100-39 victory over Heard County.
The loss spoiled a night when East Coweta had most of its success shooting from long range.
East Coweta connected on eight 3-point shots, but it still wasn't enough to answer the Grangers attack.
Three-point shots by Indians Brandon Porter and Sterling Tyson in the second quarter kept the game close early, but LaGrange closed out the half with an 11-3 run.
East Coweta turned in their best effort in the third quarter when Zach Walker drained two 3-pointers. His second of the period closed the gap to 38-28. Delvonte Powell also had a three-pointer, but LaGrange was able to push the margin to 49-29 heading into the final period.
The Grangers helped their own cause in the third quarter with a perfect 4-for-4 performance.
Walker caught fire for the Indians in the second half, scoring all 12 of his points in the third and fourth quarter to lead East Coweta.
However any chance the team had at a comeback ended when it hit a shooting slump.
LaGrange's defense limited the Indians to just one or two looks each time down the floor and it showed as the Grangers outscored East Coweta 21-10 over the final eight minutes.
Walker connected on two of the shots from the field and Dunham connected on a the teams final trey of the game.
Bray finished the game with two 3-pointers to lead the Grangers shooting.
His trey in the third quarter helped the LaGrange pull away. The Grangers also hit 3 of 5 free throws in the final quarter.
East Coweta gets back into action against Sandy Creek in Tyrone next Tuesday.