Published Saturday, February 09, 2013
By DOUG GORMAN
Friday night’s basketball game between East Coweta and Newnan’s girls basketball teams in Sharpsburg was merely a dress rehearsal for next week’s Region 3-AAAAAA tournament.
The two teams will meet again at John Thrower Gym Tuesday at 7 p.m. when the Region 3-AAAAAA Tournament opens back at East Coweta. That game, however, will be for a trip to the state tournament.
Still, Friday’s formalities didn’t stop East Coweta from beating its county rival 35-24 while celebrating Senior Night.
“It was ugly, but a win is a win,” Jones said. “We just didn’t shoot the ball very well. I think with it being senior night, we were just a little bit nervous.”
The victory gave East Coweta (5-17, 3-6) a regular-season sweep of Newnan (4-18, 3-6). The Lady Indians earned the No. 4 seed in their host region tournament and Newnan finishes fifth via tiebreaker.
East Coweta is hoping for one more win over the Lady Cougars to give its head coach a final trip to the state tournament. Jones, who has won more than 500 games during a 40-year career, is retiring at season’s end.
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On Friday, the Lady Indians put the game away late in the fourth quarter paced by the play of Jasmine Williams. Williams hit a key free throw in the final minute and also converted a basket off a turnover to push the lead to 35-32.
Ciarra Davison stole the show for the Lady Indians, leading the way in her final regular season game with a 12-point performance. Davison hit two of three free throws in the final quarter and also hit the one could have been the biggest basket of the night to give the Lady Indians a 25-21 lead.
Newnan’s Tiara Calloway attempted to keep her team in the game finishing with double figures in blocked shots and adding 8 points.
Neither team did a very good job of finding their offense in the first half. Newnan led 6-2 early in the first quarter before the period ended in a 6-all tie.
East Coweta gained the momentum in the second quarter jumping out to a 15-12 lead.
The Lady Indians broke a long dry spell by both teams with under 30 seconds left in the half as Ayanna Reid scored to give her team a 12-10 lead. Davison then drove the lane on the team’s next trip down the floor hitting a basket and converting a free throw to compete a three-point play and give the team a 15-10 lead.
The team’s biggest lead of the game didn’t last long as Calloway hit a lay up for the Cougars to close out the first-half scoring.