Local Sports Journal

The host Grant girls basketball team struggled to score Thursday night versus nonleague foe Sparta, putting up just three points in the first and third quarter, and being held without a point in the fourth en route to the 52-18 defeat.

Sparta got rolling with a, 18-3 first-quarter edge, and took a 34-15 lead into the locker room at the half. After a meager 4-to-3 scoring effort in the third, the Spartans closed on a 14-0 run.

Sparta was led by Frenchesca Buchanan, who poured in 18 points while grabbing 10 boards in the victory.

Samantha Slachter led the Tigers with eight points.