MS Basketball: Madras, Groover finish undefeated run to title

alt

Madras’ Nikki Gann gets a good look at the basket while being guarded by Smokey Road’s Breanna Houston during Friday’s middle school championship game.

By CHRIS GOLTERMANN
cgoltermann@newnan.com
Kara Groover and the rest of the Madras Lady Eagles weren’t going to be denied a Coweta County Middle School Athletic League basketball championship this time around.
A season after falling short to four-time champion Lee Middle and current East Coweta freshman Ayanna Reid, Groover and her teammates capped off an undefeated season with an impressive 31-15 victory over the second-seeded Smokey Road Lady Wildcats on Friday at Evans Middle School.
Led by coach Debra Harris, Madras capped off a 12-0 campaign by dominating the second-seeded Lady Wildcats (8-4) in a game between this year’s two most dominating lineups.
Groover, an eighth-grade point guard who scored 22 points in last year’s championship loss to Lee, led a polished team effort from Madras that included holding Smokey Road scoreless during the opening quarter of play while dominating both sides of the glass while taking a commanding 14-5 lead into halftime.

Tytiana White and Nikki Gann combined for 12 points up front while helping turning missed opportunities into points for Madras.
(To view photos from this game, please visit http://photos.times-herald.com/mycapture and click on Sports to view the Photo Gallery.)

Groover finished with five points while helping distribute the ball among five other Lady Eagles scorers led by Charla Echols’ 8. Her offensive putback to open the fourth quarter pushed a 24-11 lead.

Madras’ advantage hit double-digits early after the team stormed out to a 7-0 lead off the opening tip and holding its opponent to one field goal for the first 12 minutes of the game.

Smokey Road’s Ayanna Harris didn’t get going until after halftime, scoring six of her team-high eight points for the Lady Wildcats in the final two periods.

But after pulling as close as a 16-9 deficit early in the third, Smokey Road’s offense was again put in neutral. A jumper by Echols and a basket by Leia Robinson for the first of her four points put the Madras lead at 11.

Robinson added two free throws with 4:22 left to make it 26-13 and shortly afterwards Groover fed White with a bounce pass down low to keep the lead at 13 in the final minutes.

White finished with seven points including three in both the first and fourth quarters. Gann added five, four of which came in the second period.

SCORING SUMMARY – Madras 31, Smokey Road 15

Smokey Road     0   5   6   4  — 15

Madras     7   7   8   9  — 31

Smokey Road (9-3) 15 – Maxy Gates 4, Ayanna Harris 8, Erin Ladd 1, Deja Kendall 2, Amaya Towns 0, Breanna Houston 0, Lamira Henderson 0.

Madras (12-0) 31 – Leia Robinson 4, Kara Groover 5, Karlee Groover 2, Nikki Gann 5, Charla Echols 8, Tytiana White 7, Emily Robinson 0.



More Sports

CCMSAL football

East Coweta, Lee to decide title

East Coweta head football coach Steve Pardue inherited a varsity program rich in tal- ent when he arrived this year. But from the looks of T ... Read More


High School Volleyball

Lady Indians set sights on major goals Tuesday

East Coweta’s volleyball team is on the verge of two major accomplishments with a win in Tuesday’s Class AAAAAA Sweet 16 state-p ... Read More


High School Football

Vikings easily clear Forest in 51-12 win

JONESBORO — A team can be a little rusty when it comes off its bye week. However, it appears Northgate added just the right amount of ... Read More


High School Football

Cougars able to snap five-game slide

Smyrna, Ga. —Newnan snapped a five-game losing streak with a much needed victory on the road against Campbell Friday night. The win wa ... Read More


High School Football

Indians get back on track

By DOUG GORMAN dgorman@newnan.com   MABLETON – East Coweta relied on big plays Friday night en route to a 41-7 Region 3-AAAAAA w ... Read More

High School Football

Hawks soar past Holy Spirit

ATLANTA — Holy Spirit was no match for a Heritage School team that had its eyes on clinching a state playoff berth out of GISA Region ... Read More