By CHUCK HATHCOCK
The little things always come into play in close basketball games.
For the Grenada Chargers, it turned out to be free throws and missed scoring opportunities.
After Friday’s game with DeSoto Central was cancelled, the Chargers went to Winona a day later to take part in the Crossroads Challenge.
Their opponent was Class 1A power West Lincoln. The Bears came into the game ranked fourth in the state in their class.
Grenada finished just 5-15 from the line, and missed several easy scoring opportunities dropping a 53-48 decision.
With the loss, the Chargers drops to 7-8 on the season. It was the seventh loss in eight games for GHS.
“We just missed too many free throws, and too many easy scoring opportunities,” Coach Jaworski Rankin said. “West Lincoln is one of the top Class 1A teams in the state, and showed that.”
Grenada jumped to an early 8-0 lead only to see West Lincoln. The Bears led 15-14 at the end of the opening period.
The game went back and forth in the second period. West Lincoln took a 33-31 lead to the dressing room at halftime.
The game was tied twice in the final two minutes. Grenada was down by three with 1:28 left, and managed to get within a point with a minute remaining. A turnover led to a three-point play and helped put the game away.
Tyrin Jones led GHS with 20 points. Trey Bledsoe scored 10 points, and LaCurtis Allen finished with nine points. T.J. White chipped in six points. Trey Spencer added a bucket for two points. Demarkese Amos finished with a point.