High School Basketball
East Coweta, Newnan split region games
by Doug Gorman
So much for dramatic endings and close games.
Friday night when the Newnan and East Coweta basketball teams met for the second time this year, the script read nothing like the first game when Newnan swept their biggest rivals on the road at John Thrower winning the girls game by a point and the boys contest with a two-point decision.
The rematches were over early as this time the Lady Indians got the better of the Lady Cougars 55-44, splitting their series with Newnan, while the Cougars knocked off the Indians, this time going away en route to a 72-50 victory.
It won’t be the last time the Lady Indians hook up with the Lady Cougars. The two teams are expected to meet again Tuesday night to open the Region 3-AAAAAA Tournament at Tri-Cities.
The winner gets an automatic bid to this year’s Class AAAAA tournament.
East Coweta went into the girls game with revenge on its mind after losing a heartbreaker to Newnan in the first meeting when the Lady Cougars Chaycie Googins hit shot at the buzzer to give Newnan the one point victory.
The Lady Indians built a 13-9 lead at the end of the first quarter taking advantage of Kiandrea Hall’s long-range 3-pointers. The senior two treys in the period to twice break ties.
Hall’s first trey gave East Coweta a 7-5 lead. Newnan’s Metryes Geter then tied the game a 7-all with a basket before Hall struck again.
This time her long-range shot gave the Lady Indians a 10-7 lead at then stayed out front for good.
East Coweta pushed the lead to 22-17 at the end second quarter and 36-26 after three periods.
The Lady indians took the double digit lead in the third quarter thanks to a shooting slump by Newnan. The Lady Cougars managed to hit just one shot from the field in the period when O’Lexus Bonner hit a 3-point shot.
Like they did in the first meeting, Newnan made a late four-quarter run twice cutting the lead to six points.
However, after Makaila Horsley hit free throws to trim the lead to 42-38, East Coweta close out the game with a 13-6 run.
East Coweta improved its record to 10-13 overall and 3-6 in Region 3-AAAAAA play. Newnan drops to 6-18 and 2-7.
The Lady Indians won two games in a row after knocking off Tri-Cities Thursday
East Coweta put the game away hitting 30 of 39 field goals.
Eboni Williams led the way for East Coweta, finishing with 20 points and also finishing 10 of 12 from the line. Hall finished with 14.
Newnan was paced by Horsley and Bodecia Zackery with 10 points apiece. Geter added 9, but was 7 of 7 from the line.
“This was a good win for us, but we have had trouble putting teams away. That has been the way our season has gone all year, “ First-year East Coweta coach Jared Waggoner said.
NEWNAN 72, EAST COWETA 50 (boys): The Newnan Cougars are picking the right time to get hot.
With the Region 3-AAAAAA tournament starting on Tuesday night at Tri-Cities, the Cougars are on a two-game winning streak.
After knocking off Douglas County Thursday night, Newnan continued to play winning basketball, beating their arch rivals East Coweta 72-52 in front of a packed house.
Unlike the first game between the two teams win Newnan had to score the final 3-points just to win, the Cougars built a double-digit lead early and were never really threatened.
Newnan improves its record to 17-6 overall and 5-4 in Region 3-AAAAAA, while East Coweta dropped to 3-20 and 1-8.
“I think we overlooked them the first time,” Newnan head coach Rod Ladd said. “It almost cost us. We didn’t want it to happen this time.”
Newnan built a 19-9 lead at the end of the first quarter and extended it to 34-23 at the break,
At times this year, East Coweta has been successful hitting the 3-point shot. However against the Cougars, they managed to hit just two second half treys.
The Cougars had four 3-pointers
Newnan spread its offensive wealth against the Indians with 10 different players scoring, including four in double figures.
Dionel Dean added 15 points, Jansonn Wiliams 14, Immanuel Griggs 13 and Immanuel Griggs 13 and Diamond Jones 11. Zhakeer Jervey led East Coweta with 14.
LADY INDIANS 55, LADY COUGARS 44
East Coweta—13 8 14 19—55
Newnan—9 8 9 18—44
EC—E. Williams 20, A. Williams 4, Roberts 3, Hall 14, Freeman 8, Sanchez 1, Alyah 5
N—Goggins 4, Horsley 10, Zackery 10, Geter 9, Bonner 3, Parks 4, Goshay 4
COUGARS 72, INDIANS 50
East Coweta—9 14 13 14—50
Newnan— 19 14 20 18—72
EC—Rose 1, Jervey 14 Powell 5, Tyson 3, Walker 4, Farmer 3, Dunham 9, Ransom 8. Mitchell 3.
N—White 2, Grant 3, Griggs 13, Jones 11, Kneidel 3, Houston 2, Dean 15, Johnson 2, Williams 14, Portress 2, Mitchell 5