High School Basketball
Lady Indians battle past Tri-Cities in region opener
by Doug Gorman
East Coweta’s girls basketball team found a way to win on a night when it didn’t play its best basketball.
Despite a cold night shooting and too many turnovers, the Lady Indians defeated visiting Tri-Cities 64-47 in Tuesday’s Region 3-AAAAAA opener, East Coweta improved to 5-2 overall and 1-0 in region play.
The Lady Bulldogs were their own worst enemy, especially in the first half, committing 20 turnovers in the first 16 minutes.
The Lady Bulldogs didn’t hit a shot from the field until late in the second quarter. East Coweta led 6-1 at the end of the first period and 21-11 at the break.
Shemiah Sanchez led the way for East Coweta with 20 points. Quentina Roberts added 16 for the Lady Indians to also finish in double figures.
Sanchez’s 3-point shot midway through the second quarter gave the Lady Indians a 20-1 lead, their biggest of the first half.
But Tri-Cities closed out the first half its their best basketball of the night, going on a 10-1 run.
Melissa Mims gave the Lady Bulldogs their first field-goal of the night to spark the spurt in the second quarter.
But East Coweta helped regain momentum after halftime atarting with back-to-back baskets by Sanchez to begin the third quarter.
Midway through the period, the Lady indians pushed the lead out to 43-11.
The Lady Bulldogs closed the gap to 43-23 late in the third quarter after going on a 12-0 run.
“It was good that we got out to that really big lead,” said East Coweta head coach Jared Waggoner. “They did a good job of coming back against us, we didn’t play really well, but a win is a win.”
Tri-Cities’ second-half comeback was paced by the inside play of Mims, and the shooting of Teirra Wortham, who showed her ability to hit from both the inside and the outside.
Wortham finished with a game-high 24 points, including two 3-point shots in the second half and four straight free throws in her attempt to bring the Lady Bulldogs back into the game.
Free-throw shooting the Lady Indians stay in the game, led by Sanchezs’ 9 of 11 effort from the line.
She converted one during a three-point play early in the game after driving the lane, banking the shot of the glass and then converting the ensuing foul shot.
Clutch free throw by Roberts also helped the Lady Indians down the stretch, hitting four straight from behind the line. Kiandra Hall finished with eight points after hitting her final two 3-point attempts.
East Coweta steps out of Region 3-AAAAAA action Friday night for a game at LaGrange. It will be a rematch between the two teams. Earlier this year, the Lady Indians defeated the Lady Grangers 61-36 at John Thrower Gym.