Published Saturday, January 05, 2013
By DOUG GORMAN
The East Coweta Indians turned the 3-point shot into their best friend Friday night at home against Sandy Creek.
Trailing 55-54 with 19 seconds left, junior Jeremy Farmer hit the biggest trey of the night to secure the 57-55 victory.\From there, the Indians played solid defense, stopping the Patriots' last ditch effort to score.
Both teams tried to turn the contest into a 3-point shooting contest. East Coweta finished the game with 10 treys, while Sandy Creek added six.
With the win, East Coweta improved to 3-9. Sandy Creek dropped to 5-5.
East Coweta was paced by O'Darius Kendall with 16 points. Farmer chipped in 11.
Sandy Creek was led by Brandon Lindsey led with 15. Kenny Lewis finished with 12.
After a scoreless first half, Farmer stepped it up over the final two quarters, hitting three treys and a 2-point basket to pace some of the team's second-half fireworks.
"I started off really slowly," Farmer said. "I knew I had to step up. We really did a good job playing as team tonight and it showed."
Lindsey had the hot had from long-range for the Patriots.
His four 3-point shots helped keep his team in the game.
The tone for the contest was set early as the Indians took a 13-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.
East Coweta's Macrus Mitchell gave the Indians the leading going into the second quater with his only basket of the night, a long-range jumper from 3-point territory.
Using 3-pointers from Shania Knight, Rodney Craig, and O'Darius Kendall the Indians held on two a 31-29 lead at the half.
Kendall sparked the Indians' second-quarter offensive production with eight points in the quarter.
"We knew if we played as a team some good things would start to happen for us," East Coweta head coach Ronnie Vandiver said. "Our defense did a really good job stopping them."
East Coweta had to shake off some foul troubles in the second half after allowing the Patriots to get into the bonus by the end of the third quarter.
However, the Indians stayed in control with more shooting from beyond the 3-point circle.
Farmer answered with his first 3-pointer of the night midway through the third quarter and David Swanson also answered with a long-range shot to put the Indians up 39-34.
Sandy Creek kept the game close in the third quarter hitting 6 of 10 free throws.
Javon Jackson hit a pair of free throws with 2:44 to go to give the Patriots their last lead at 42-41.
They got the ball back with 2:20 remaining in the game and tried to free the ball at half-court.
The strategy didn't work as East Coweta was able to ge the ball back at outscore the Patriots 5-2 down the stretch.
East Coweta's veteran coach thinks this could be the turning point.
"I think we lost confidence for awhile." he said. "We have had two really tough days of practice, and I think we got their attention."
Sandy Creek 52, East Coweta 21 (girls): The Sandy Creek Lady Patriots led from start to finish Friday night to defeat the East Coweta Lady Indians in the non-region contest.
Sandy Creek built a 17-1 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back.
Using three 3-point shots in the first quarter and some stingy defense that kept the Lady Indians from making a shot from the field in the first quarter the Lady Patriots took control of the game in the first four minutes.
Savia Martin had the hot hand for the Lady Patriots from the inside, scoring six points.
The Lady Indians finally got some of their shots to drop in the second quarter, hitting three baskets from the field.Eboni Williams basket early in the second quarter, cut the Sandy Creek lead to 19-3 at the 6:41 mark.
Sandy Creek, however, pushed the lead to 32-17 at the end of the first half.
Kiandra Hall's 3-pointer in the third quarter was one of just three shots the Lady Indians drained in the third quarter.
Ciarra Davison hit back-to-back shots from the Lady Indians in the third quarter put the Lady Patriots tool a 40-15 lead into the final period.
Sydney Jarmon led Sandy Creel with 11 and Martin added 10.Ayanna Reid scored 7 to lead East Coweta. She was 3 for 4 from the free throw line.