High School Basketball
East Coweta girls come up short on Senior Night
by Doug Gorman
East Coweta’s girls basketball team had an upset on its minds heading into Senior Night on Tuesday only to come away with its second Region 3-AAAAAA contest in less than 24 hours.
After dropping a rare Monday night contest to Westlake on the road, the Lady Indians returned to John Thrower Gymnasium for the first time in a week while hanging tight with a 18-3 Douglas County lineup through two quarters in a 66-50 loss.
Leading just 28-26 following five lead changes and four ties in the first half, the Lady Tigers took control of the game in the third quarter, outscoring the Lady Indians 19-9 to build the first double-digit lead of the game and take a 47-35 lead heading into the final period.
It was East Coweta’s fifth loss in six games as it dropped to 8-13 overall and 1-6 in Region 3-AAAAAA play. Douglas County improved its record to 18-3 and 6-2.
Both teams spread the offensive wealth with eight players scoring for Douglas County and seven for East Coweta who was playing at home for the first time in more than week.
Despite the loss, three players finished the game in double figures for the Lady Indians led by Kiandrea Hall’s 16 points. Quentina Roberts added 11 and Eboni Williams had 10.
Douglas County’s Santasia Faust led all scorers with 18 points. Maya Benam finished with 14 and Doris Ijeoma tossed in 13.
Hall kept the game close early, connecting on three 3-point shots in the first quarter for the Lady indians.
Her final 3-pointer of the first quarter gave the Lady Indians a 13-11 lead. East Coweta extended it to 15-12 at the end of the period.
Douglas County took a 23-19 lead midway through second quarter, but the Lady Indians game back to tie the game twice before the break thanks to a basket from Williams and a free throw from Hall.
The final tie came at 26-all before Douglas County’s Nicholette Andrey scored her only
basket of the game right before the break.
The Lady Tigers put the game away with a combination of stingy third-quarter defense and long-range shooting.
East Coweta managed to hit just three shots from the field as Douglas County pulled away. Benham sparked the Lady Tigers third-quarter rally with two 3-points shots.
Hall hit her fourth 3-pointer in the final period and Roberts scored six-points, but the Lady
Indians were unable to rally
Tuesday’s contest was the second of four games this week for East Coweta, which fell Monday to Westlake 87-45 in a makeup contest due to school cancellations.
In Tuesday’s other girls games:
Heritage School 56, Dominion Christian 10: The Lady Hawks continued their prowess for defense this season, outscoring the Lady Knights 22-0 in the first quarter and remaining undefeated in GISA Region 1-AAA.
Heritage improved its record to 18-3 overall and 8-0 in 1-AAA.
Lillie Smith led Heritage with 12 points and Kara Groover added 10 among 10 Lady Hawks that scored. Zofia Powell, Rebekah Henson and Amanda Windom each added six in the victory.
Heritage held Dominion to four points or less in each of the final three quarters of play while making just five turnovers.
The Lady Hawks combined for 23 steals including a team-high 11 by Groover.
Holy Spirit 45, Trinity Christian 38: The Lady Lions used an 11-0 run to go ahead by five points at halftime before free-throw shooting and foul trouble became issues in the final two quarters.
Holy Spirit (7-5, 3-0) finished the game by outscoring Trinity 20-12 in the fourth quarter while going 12 of 16 from the line. The Lady Lions (9-9, 2-4) finished just 4 of 15 on their free-throw attempts.
Kaley Grace kept Trinity in the game with four 3-pointers to finish with a team-high 14 points. Ashley Caldwell added 12 while Sara Bryan finished with eight points.
Hughes 52, Newnan 29: The Lady Panthers kept pace with Region 3-AAAAAA leaders Westlake (19-4, 7-1) and Douglas County (18-3, 6-2) against a Newnan lineup that lost its third straight region game while falling to 2-5 in the region and 6-16 overall.
The Lady Cougars host Douglas County tonight in a makeup game from last week’s winter storm.