High School Basketball
Newnan, East Coweta set for Region 3-AAAAAA rematch
by Doug Gorman
When Newnan High basketball teams entertain rival East Coweta in a Region 3-AAAAAA doubleheader tonight at the Max Bass Athletic Center, one thing is for certain. It will be hard to top the first meeting between the two teams in either the boys or girls games.
When the two schools met last month at East Coweta’s John Thrower Gymnasium, Newnan swept the doubleheader, winning the girls game 56-55, and the boys contest 62-60, but not before keeping fans from both schools on the edge of the bleachers.
Tonight’s action begins with the girls game at 6 p.m., followed by the boys at 7:30 as both schools continue a busy final week of the regular season that includes four games over a six-day span.
Although the two teams were scheduled to end the regular season tonight, both teams have makeup games on Saturday as Newnan plays at Westlake, and East Coweta plays at Langston Hughes.
The Lady Indians enter tonight with a bit of momentum after snapping a four-game losing streak in 3-AAAAAA on Thursday in a 63-59 win over Tri-Cities in East Point.
The win improved East Coweta’s girls to 9-13 overall and 2-6 in 3-AAAAAA while now even with Newnan’s girls. Both of the Lady Indians’ region wins have come against Tri-Cities (7-11, 1-8)
The Lady Cougars (6-17, 2-6), meanwhile, have dropped four consecutive region games heading into tonight after pulling off a last-second win over East Coweta’s girls on Jan. 10.
A 56-55 Newnan win went down to the wire. After the Lady Indians Brandi Sinkfield converted a shot to give East Coweta a one-point lead with just seconds to go, the Lady Cougars raced the ball down court and worked it into senior Chaycie Goggins in the lane.
Goggins got the shot off just in time, scoring the game-winning basket as the buzzer sounded.
The Lady Indians will remember it as one that got away after building a 31-22 lead.
Newnan however, started its comeback with a huge third quarter, outscoring the Lady Indians 19-6.
“I hope we are able to win, but it is not as dramatic,” Lady Cougars head coach LaVarrett Pearson. “ It should be another good game.”
Newnan’s other region win came on Jan. 24 in a 49-39 victory over Tri-Cities.
The first meeting between Newnan and East Coweta boys team was as much a nail-bite, with the Indians (3-18, 1-6) hanging in the game by way of 10 3-pointers.
Zach Walker hit the final 3-pointer for East Coweta with a minute to go to give the Indians a 60-59 lead. However, Newnan closed out the game, scoring the final 3-points.
Newnan’s Doniel Dean led all scorers with 29 points and Steerling Tyson led the Indians with 16.
The Cougars (15-6, 4-4) bounced back from a back-to-back 3-AAAAAA losses on Wednesday with an important win over Douglas County to keep Newnan’s boys in contention for the third seed in the region playoffs.
“It’s going to be a packed house,” Rod Ladd said. “We need the win, and so do they.”