By CHUCK HATHCOCK
BATESVILLE - It was a big weekend for the Grenada Chargers.
They faced Region 2-6A rival South Panola Friday looking for a win to setup up a possible match with Tupelo Tuesday for first place in the region standings.
Grenada found themselves down by five points in the first and second halves. In the end, they found a way to win, grabbing a 39-35 decision over the Tigers.
With the win, GHS ran its region mark to 3-1. They face Tupelo tonight.
A night later, the Chargers faced second-ranked Madison Central on the road. Grenada battled the Jaguars for three period, trailing 46-42 heading into the final eight minutes.
Foul trouble caught up with GHS and they ended up on the short end of a 64-51 decision. With the loss, GHS dropped to 14-10 overall.
On the girls’ side the Lady Chargers had chances in Friday’s contest against South Panola. Grenada was bothered by turnovers losing a 46-43 decision.
Against Madison Central, GHS struggled offensively in the second half, losing a 54-33 decision. With the losses, the Lady Chargers are 6-15 on the season.
“You always like an ugly win over a pretty loss,” Coach Jaworski Rankin said. “It wasn’t always pretty at times, but in the end our guys found a way to win the game. Give them credit, South Panola was able to control the tempo and contested all our shots. They jumped on us early, but we held our composure.”
The teams traded buckets to start the game. South Panola then used an 8-1 run to lead 10-3 with 1:47 left in the opening period. GHS came back to trail 16-15 at halftime.