By CHUCK HATHCOCK
Grenada High School boys’ basketball coach knew that the little details in a game would come into play in Friday’s road region contest at Tupelo.
He proved to be right on target.
The Chargers were bothered by turnovers and missed free throws, losing a 67-63 decision to the Wave in the Region 2-6A contest.
With the loss, GHS drops to 11-6 overall and 1-1 inside the league. Tupelo is 12-8 and 3-0.
In the girls’ game, Grenada dropped a 68-26 decision.
“We knew going into the game that we would have to take care of the ball and make our free throws,” Coach Jaworski Rankin said. “We were unable to do that. Give Tupelo, they made the big shots when they needed them.”
Grenada finished the night with 22 turnovers. At the line, they were 16-32. Those numbers won’t get it done.
“You can’t turn it over that many times and expect to win,” Rankin said. “They were able to turn a majority of those miscues into points on the offensive end of the floor.”
Despite this, the Chargers rallied from a 10-point deficit to tie the game with 1:52 left. Trey Spencer tied the game with a layup. GHS would add only three free throws after that.
“We still had some chances and didn’t convert them down the stretch,” Rankin said. You just have to reground and get ready for the next one.”
Grenada jumped to a 4-0 lead only to see Tupelo run off 12 straight points. GHS trailed 19-13 at the end of the opening period. The Chargers used a 19-15 second period to cut the margin to 34-32 at halftime.
Tyrin Jones led Grenada with 18 points. Tyler Dorris scored 16 and Joniah White finished with 11. LaCurtis Allen had nine and Jay Dorsey scored five. Trey Spencer chipped in four.
Grenada, 6-9, 1-1, was led by Quita Pittman and DeJone’ Hubbard with six points each. N’Kemenya Williams had four.
Trencia Conley and Emily Bush each had three. Tykia Joseph and Nykeshia Stewart scored two points apiece.
Grenada won the junior varsity girls game 34-23. Myiesha Armstrong paced the Lady Chargers with 15 points.
The Chargers and Lady Chargers return to action tonight traveling to Oxford to face Lafayette. JV girls action begins at 4 p.m.
Friday, the teams will be at home to face Hernando. JV girls action begins at 4 p.m.
The Chargers will take part in the annual Hot Bed Classic at New Albany Saturday. GHS faces Gadsden City, Ala. at 7 p.m.