Published Wednesday, January 09, 2013
By DOUG GORMAN
Sometimes the shots just don’t fall.
The East Coweta Indians learned that lesson Tuesday night dropping a 53-36 decision to visiting Langston Hughes in a Region 3-AAAAAA basketball contest at John Thrower Gym.
It was the end of a disappointing night for the home teams. The Lady Panthers also beat the Lady Indians 58-36.
East Coweta head coach Ronnie Vandiver admitted he was puzzled by his team’s lack of offensive production that left the Indians without a player in double figures.
“We have to have somebody step up,” Vandiver said after the loss to the Panthers. “We have had our moments this year, but have not been able to maintain it."
After Jeremy Farmer hit a 3-point shot to open the game, the Panthers lulled the Indians’ offense to sleep the rest of the first half.
Langston Hughes finished the game with two players in double figures as Monte Atkinson controlled the paint and led all scorers with 19 points. Kahalil Smith added 10.
O’Darius Kendall finished with 9 to lead East Coweta.
With the loss, East Coweta fell to 3-10 overall and 0-2 in Region 6-AAAAAA play. Langston Hughes improved to 4-6 overall and 1-0 in the region.
East Coweta trailed 11-7 at the end of the first quarter and 25-11 at the break. The Indians managed to hit just four shots from the field in the first two periods. O’Darius Kendall had both East Coweta baskets in the second quarter.
The Panthers’ Kainan Hill nailed a 3-point jumper before the break to give Langston Hughes the first double digit lead of the game at 21-11.
East Coweta had its best quarter of the game in the third periold outscoring the Panthers 15-12. Shania Knight and Rodney Craig each had 3-point shots during the stanza to cut the lead to 37-26.
However, any thoughts the Indians had at making a run ended in the fourth quarter with another offensive dryspell.
The Indians hit just two shots from the field in the fourth quarter. Sanoj Allen connected on a 3-pointer and Mon Thrash also hit a shot but two quick baskets by Shakeel Hoffman and a trey by Andrew Johnson kept the game out of reach.
East Coweta doesn’t have too much time to dwell on the loss. The Indians travel to take on arch-rival Newnan on Friday in Region 3-AAAAAA contests.
“We are going to have to be ready,” Vandiver said. “I am not sure too many our our guys are used to playing in an environment like it could be on Friday night.”
Langston Hughes 58, East Coweta 36 (girls): The Lady Panthers turned a 24-17 lead at the half into a double-digit victory with a second-half surge to beat the Lady Indians in their own gym.
After pulling ahead 10-9 at the end of the first quarter, Langston Hughes took control in the second quarter as five different players scored at least one basket for the Lady Panthers.
The Lady Panthers were led by Tia Jones and Brianca Caldell with 15 points each.
Senior Ciara Davison paced the Lady Indians with 9 points. Eboni Williams added seven for East Coweta.
East Coweta took itself out of the game with a lean third quarter after Bre Tiggs and Shemiah Sanchez hit the only baskets of the third quarter as the Lady Panthers pulled out front 42-26. Kendrica Glover and Jones each hit 3-point shots in the third quarter for the Lady Panthers.
East Coweta fell to 2-11 overall and 1-1 in region play. The Lady Panthers improved to 8-2 over and 1-0.
GIRLS – Langston Hughes 58, East Coweta 36
Langston Hughes 10 14 18 16 – 58
East Coweta 9 8 9 10 – 36
Langston Hughes — Kennya Simms 5, Sitraiya Nelloms 4, Kendrica Glover5, Brianca Caldwell 15, Jazmin Williams 5, Tia Jones 15, Kayla McCray 2, Ashley King 2, Latrevia Wilson 1, Sydnei Turner 4
East Coweta — Diamond Pettway 2, Eboni Williams 7, Ciarrra Davison 9, Lexy Zelczak 5, Aynna Reid 5, Bre Triggs 2, Shemiah Sanchez 2, Kiandrea Hall 1, Brandi Sinkfield 3
BOYS – Langston Hughes 53, East Coweta 36
Langston Hughes 12 13 12 16 – 53
East Coweta 7 4 15 10 – 36
Langston Hughes – Shakeel Hoffman 9, Khalil Smith 10, Kainan Hill 8, Jarvis Jenkins 1 Monte Atkinson 19, Justin Williams 3, Andrew Johnson 3
East Coweta — Sanjo Allen 5, Shania Knight 6, Rodney Craig 5, O’Darius Kendall 9, Mon Trash 4, Jeremy Farmer 5, Ryan Rose 2