After winning five of seven games, their best stretch in two seasons, the Lamar County Trojans dropped four in a row, falling to Spencer 73-51, Jordan 44-35, Jackson 58-55 and Manchester 78-42.The young Trojans are still going through growing pains with two freshmen and two sophomores getting regular playing time. Coach Kenneth Walker sees improvement in his team week to week as these players get valuable playing time.Spencer used a tough man-to-man defense and hot shooting to take a 22-6 first quarter lead on the Trojans. They played within five points of the Greenwave Owls the rest of the way but could not overcome the slow start.Damian Battle had 26 points to lead the Trojans.Lamar fell to Jordan in a game that was closer than the score indicated. The Trojans led 21-18 at the half but fell behind 33-31 after three. The Red Jackets went into a four corner stall offense and Lamar had to foul to try and get the ball back down the stretch. Jordan converted at the free throw line to put the game out of reach in the end. Battle was again top scorer for Lamar with 14.In Jackson, Lamar led with a minute to play but could not hold on as missed shots and turnovers down the stretch proved costly. The Trojans stood toe-to-toe with the much taller AAA Red Devils who have 10 wins on the season.Battle scored 24 points and grabbed 17 rebounds while Camden Foster added 10 points and 11 boards for Lamar.Twenty turnovers and 38% shooting from the field doomed the Trojans against Manchester who hit 50% (12-24) from beyond the three-point arc for 36 of their 78 points. Battle scored 13 for Lamar.The Trojans are on the road this week as they travel to Montezuma tonight to take on Macon County and to Roberta Friday to face Crawford County. Lamar beat the Bulldogs by one point here earlier this season but lost to the Eagles by six in an earlier contest.Note: The preceding article was written by Ken K. Green.