The last time the McEachern Indians (0-1) lost a game it was in the 2010 state championship game to the Norcross Blue Devils (1-0). Carrying a 33 games winning streak, including two wins over Norcross and one state championship into the season opener, the Indians streak was halted by Norcross in a 57-41 loss.
McEachern ran out a brand new starting five after losing four players to D1 schools and with that they lost a lot of height-only one player on the McEachern roster is listed at 6-feet or taller. The Indians used their speed, quickness and long ball shooting to erase an early 6-0 hole to lead 11-10 at the end of the first quarter. The Indians would continue to scrap in the second quarter before Norcross flexed its muscle closing the half on a 13-0 run in the final 3 minutes to take a 28-18 halftime lead.
Norcross would continue to pour it own right out the gate in the second half using an 8-2 run to expand their lead to 39-23 with only three and a half minutes gone by in the third quarter. Later in third Norcross’ Diamond DeShields would add a play for the highlight film as she stole an errant pass near mid-court, fell down while keeping her dribble, got up and drained a three-pointer from the top of the key that would seize all of the momentum for the Lady Blue Devils and put them up 17 points.
The ink may not have fully dried yet after signing her letter-of-intent to hoop at the University of North Carolina earlier in the day before Diamond DeShields started the season off with a bang finishing with 28 points and 18 rebounds. DeShields would nail her fourth three-pointer of the night for her 26th point matching the full scoring output by McEachern to give the Lady Blue Devils a 49-26 lead at one point in the fourth quarter.
Shayla Cooper who signed with Georgetown earlier in the day, tallied 14 points and was -8 from the foul line for the Lady Blue Devils.
It was not pretty as Norcross committed 25 turnovers and blew several easy shots close to the hoop yet overall head coach Angie Hembree was pleased with her team’s effort.
“There are a lot of things we need to improve on, I could find something in just about every facet of the game but the kids played very hard”, Hembree said.
For McEachern it’s back to the drawing board.
“As horrible as we looked tonight, we won’t look this bad again and were going back to work tomorrow. We have to find out who wants to play and who wants to sit”, McEachern head coach Phyllis Arthur said
Te’a Cooper led the Lady Indians with 11 points while Jada Lewis and Kierra Finley added 8 points apiece.