High School Basketball

East Coweta, Newnan tip off tonight to open season series

by Doug Gorman

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Newnan and East Coweta basketball teams square off tonight in the first of two regular-season meetings in Region 3-AAAAAA play. Metryes Geter (left) and the Lady Cougars take on Jared Waggoner’s Lady Indians. It’ll be Wagoner’s first taste of the ECHS-Newnan rivalry as East Coweta’s new head coach after experiencing it as an assistant last year. 


No matter the sport, whenever East Coweta and Newnan meet the contest seems to be circled on the calendar well before the game is scheduled to be played.

As for tonight, “We are not looking past Newnan, but it is just one game on our region schedule,” Waggoner said.

Newnan enters the game on a roll after beating Villa Rica 56-49 on the road last Saturday in the non-region game behind the effort of guard Chaycie Goggins, who poured in a season-high 22 points.

East Coweta is trying to break a three-game losing streak.

The Lady Cougars, meanwhile, seem to have found a groove while scoring 56, 57 and 56 points in three consecutive games, going 2-1 with a 57-55 loss to Creekside sandwiched between wins over Lithonia (56-17) and Villa Rica.

In addition to getting solid play on the offensive end from Coggins in Saturday’s win at Villa Rica, Newnan’s Bodecia Zachary finished the game with 13 rebounds.

Zachary transferred to Newnan after playing at East Coweta last season.

Newnan is led by Metryes Geter who is tossing in 10 points per game, and Destani Parks who is averaging more than 9 points per game.

With a victory, Newnan will have a chance to end the Lady Indians’ two-year reign.

East Coweta has won the last four meeting in a row, sweeping the home-and-home contest the past two years.

In boys action, the Cougars bring a 12-2 record into the contest, but are trying to get back on track after falling 64-63 to Villa Rica on Saturday in game decided in overtime.

East Coweta comes into the game seeking just its third win of the season.

Newnan has jumped out to its fast start this season spread- ing the offensive wealth around its collection of starters.

Doniel Dean is coming off a 25-point effort for the Cougars in the loss at Villa Rica while leading a lineup that’s seen Diamond Jones, Chris White, Immanuel Griggs, Jake Kneidel and three-point shooter Kameron Grant have posted dou- ble-digits at points during the season.

Jones added 15 points at Villa Rica while White had 10 in a game where Newnan led 31-22 at halftime.

Along with Newnan (12-2), Westlake (13-1, 1-0) and Doug- las County (10-2, 0-1) are off to strong starts. Westlake held off Douglas County 74-73 on Tuesday in each team’s region opener.

East Coweta’s boys improved to 2-10 overall after defeating Wayne County 63-54 during the holiday break on Dec. 28, to end a 10-game losing streak. The Indians, however, have dropped their last three decisions, including two to McIntosh, while giving up 70 or more points each time.

Zhaker Jervey and Zach Walker lead the team with nearly 11 points per game. In the team’s first-meeting with Sandy Creek, Jervey connected on eight 3-pointers.

Walker has also had also turned in some big 3-point per- formances, including draining four in the loss to Woodward Academy.

In last year’s game, East Coweta beat Newnan 62-58 in the first meeting between the two teams for its only Region 3-AAAAAA victory of the year. Newnan won the rematch 71-53.

The two teams will play again at Newnan on Feb. 8.

Tonight also brings the first meetings of the season between Coweta County rivals in the GISA when The Heritage School travels to Trinity Christian. Both played in last month’s Christmas tournament at Heri- tage, but didn’t meet up in the schedule.

Both girls teams have held their own, with the Lady Hawks out to a 8-3 start heading into its Region 1-AAA opener. The Lady Lions opened the year at 4-1 prior to Thursday’s non- region game against Oak Moun- tain Academy at home.

Boys lineups, however, have gone in opposite directions. The Hawks enter tonight at 7-3 overall and 1-0 in 1-AAA after defeating all-boys school Com- munity Christian on Saturday at home.

Trinity’s boys earned its first win on Dec. 20 against Flint River, but have struggled otherwise.

Northgate teams resume subregion play in Region 4B-AAAAA against White- water tonight following rough losses to McIntosh last Friday. Whitewater’s girls are 8-6 overall and 4-2 against 4-AAAAA opponents while the boys are 8-5 and 4-2.

Northgate girls enter tonight at 6-8 and 0-5 in 4-AAAAA while the Vikings are 5-7 over- all and 2-5 in the region.

Each school had subregion contests postponed on Tuesday due to school cancellations. Northgate and Creekside will play its doubleheader on Thursday, Feb. 6 at Northgate.



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