High School Basketball
EC swept by Sandy Creek in non-region contests
by Doug Gorman
For the second time this year, Sandy Creek basketball teams had the magic formula against East Coweta.
After losing on the road early in the season, things didn't go much better for either of East Coweta's varsity squads Friday night inside John Thrower Gym in a pair of non-region losses.
The Lady Patriots led from star t to f inish en route to a 49-28 victory, while the Sandy Creek boys rolled to a 75-48 win.
In the boys' game, the Patriots hit a 3-pointer on its first attempt of the game and answered with two more treys in the first quarter and built a 17-7 lead.
That pretty much took the wind out of the Indians' sails as they were able to mount a comeback after trailing 34-16 at the break.
Brandon Lindsey hit two 3-point shots for the Patriots early to help Sandy Creek keep the momentum early.
When not hitting long-range jumpers, the Patriots also put points on the board with a couple of massive dunks in the first quarter including one by Jamal Lain, who also showed he could hit from the outside by connecting on one of the team's 3-pointers.
Sandy Creek increased the lead to 56-34 at the end of the third quarter.
East Coweta played some of its best basketball in the third quarter sparked by Jeremy Farmer.
Farmer connected on backto- back baskets right after the halftime break, including a steal he converted into a layup to cut the lead to 41-24.
Farmer led East Coweta with 11 points while Sterling Tyson and Zhaker Jervey each added nine.
Javon Jackson led the Patriots with 14 points. Lindsey and Lain added 12.
SANDY CREEK 49, EAST COWETA 28 (GIRLS): The Lady Indians grabbed the early momentum taking a 2-0 lead on their first trip down the floor on a basket by Eboni Williams, but they wouldn't stay in control long.
The Lady Patriots scored the next eight points and after grabbing the first quarter lead, and stayed out front the rest of the way.
Sandy Creek's Jasmine Jones helped push the ball up the floor for the Lady Patriots scoring six points in the first eight miutes to give her team a 9-7 lead at the end of one quarter.
However, the Lady Patriots totally took over the game in the second period, outscoring the Lady Indians 20-3.
East Coweta went more than eight minutes without a basket from the floor, scoring all three of its points from the free throw line in the second quarter. East Coweta's scoring drought helped the Lady Indians to a 29-10 lead at the half.
Jones led all scorers with 18 points. Diamond Robinson and Mahgan Currie each added 10 for Sandy Creek.
Williams finished the game with 8 points to lead East Coweta, which managed just one 3-pointer on Shemiah Sanchez's long-range shot with less than 10 seconds left.
East Coweta returns to Region 3-AAAAAA play Tuesday when teams travel to Langston Hughes.