By CHUCK HATHCOCK
Turnovers again plagued the Grenada Chargers Saturday as they faced Gadsden City, Ala. at the annual Hot Bed Classic at New Albany Saturday.
Jaworski Rankin’s club had 23 miscuses, 12 in the opening half as they trailed 36-17 at halftime. GHS rallied in the second half, but came up short losing a 62-52 decision against the fifth-ranked team from Alabama.
A day earlier, the Chargers had little trouble in division play with a 69-48 victory against Hernando. The Lady Chargers struggled to find the basket against the Lady Tigers, losing a 41-40 decision.
“We struggled taking care of the basketball,” Coach Jaworski Rankin said. “It’s an area that we work on everyday. You can’t make mistakes against good teams and expect to win.”
Grenada, 13-8, trailed 17-10 at the end of the opening period against Gadsden City. The second period turned out to be the difference as the Chargers were outscored 19-7.
“We dug ourselves a big hole in the second period, and could never get out,” Rankin said. “Give them credit, they played well, but we have to do better taking care of the basketball.”
Grenada was able to outscore Gadsden 35-26 in the second half to close the final margin. The Chargers got as close as eight points down in the final five minutes. They had three straight defensive stops, but were unable to get any points turning the ball over each time.
Jones led Grenada with 24 points. White scored 13 and Allen added six. Spencer chipped in five points. Bradley and Dorsey both had two points.
Grenada jumped to a 4-0 lead on a pair of LaCurtis Allen buckets. Tyrin Jones gave GHS a 10-5 lead with 3:27 left in the period. The Chargers led 13-7 at the end of the period.
Hernando opened the second quarter with five straight points to cut the deficit to 13-12. Grenada responded with a 7-0 run to lead 20-12. Trey Spencer had a three-pointer in the run.
Allen added a free throw and a bucket to get the lead into double digits at 24-14. Hernando stormed back to get within 26-23 in the final two minutes of the half. Tyler Dorris and Joniah White each had a bucket to make it 30-23. Grenada led 31-24 at halftime.
The third period saw the Chargers outscored Hernando 22-10 to break the