High School Basketball

Lady Indians continue strong start under new head coach

by Doug Gorman

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East Coweta's Eboni Williams keeps her eye on the basket while driving through the lane during Tuesday's game against LaGrange while head coach Jared Waggoner looks on in the background. The Lady Indians improved their record to 3-1 in Waggoner's first year at the helm of East Coweta's varsity. A former assistant, he took over for 500-plus game winner Paula Jones, who retired following last season.

Jared Waggoner's varsity coaching career is off to a fast start four games into the 2013-14 high school basketball season.

The first-year East Coweta coach moved his record to 3-1 Tuesday night with a 61-36 victory over visiting LaGrange.

Waggoner, who served as an assistant last year under 500-plus game winner Paula Jones, took over this season when the longtime East Coweta head girls coach retired.

His team pulled away from the Lady Grangers in the second quarter on Tuesday, then fought off a furious rally in the third to hang on to another win.

'I like what I see so far, but there is always room for improvement,' Waggoner said.

The Lady Indians used stingy defense throughout the contest holding the Lady Grangers to just nines shots from the field.

Offensively eight different players scored for the Lady Indians with Quentina Roberts and Kiandra Hall each scoring 17 points. Eboni Williams added seven to pace the Lady Indians' scorers.

After Hall drained a 3-pointer and Roberts connects on a layup, East Coweta went up 28-16 with 5:23 left in the third.

However, LaGrange lulled the Lady Indians into their worst shooting slump of the night as Andrea Hefflin drained a 3-pointer as part of a 13-2. By the end of the period LaGrange cut the gap to 32-29.

Hefflin finished the game with two 3-pointers. She finished with 17 and was the only player in double figures for the Lady Grangers.

East Coweta regrouped in the final period with its biggest offensive and outscoring the Lady Grangers 29-7.

After the two teams battled to an 8-8 tie after the first quarter, the Lady Indians held LaGrange to just one shot from the floor in the second quarter to build a 23-16 lead at the break. The Lady Grangers led for most of the first quarter before Hall hit a 3-pointer to tie the game.

Hall's free throw early in the second quarter gave the Lady Indians a 9-8 lead and they never trailed again.

Roberts helped ignite the team's second-quarter scoring suge with two quick baskets. A layup pushed the lead to 11-8 and then she converted a LaGrange turnover under the basket into a score for a 13-9 Lady Indians lead.

East Coweta closed the first half out on a 10-7 run.

Waggoner said he likes the way his team is creating fastbreak baskets. 'We are really getting after it,' he said. 'We have the quickness and the ability to score. We want to be aggressive, that is our mentality.'



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