The McEachern Lady Indians will take their 10-7 overall record (7-2 in the region) on the road to New York to participate in the Rose Classic Super Jam at Bishop Ford High School in Brooklyn this weekend. The Lady Indians defeated Georgia region 4-6A foe Marietta 52-23 in the final game before leaving for New York and will take a five-game winning streak with them to Brooklyn. McEachern will be one of 29 teams competing in the four-day tournament/event.
This will be the second out-of-state tournament the Lady Indians will be participating this season. They went 0-2 in the Thanksgiving Turkey Jam in Memphis, Tennessee losing to Hall (Little Rock, AR) and Memphis Central (TN). The Lady Indians also lost to out-of-state opponent Blackman (TN) for an 0-3 record this season against out-of-state competition. Clearly with 10-7 record, the Lady Indians are far from their championship form of last season when they won Georgia’s Class 5A (highest class before reclassification this year) with a 33-0 record, a squad that has six players playing top-level Division-I college basketball in the SEC, ACC, Pac-12 and Big East as we know it as of today, and finished No.2 in the nationally in multiple national polls.
McEachern will play Nazareth (Brooklyn, NY) on Friday January 18th in the nightcap at 8pm EST and Bishop Ford (Brooklyn, NY) on Saturday January 19th again in the night cap at 9pm EST. Out-of-state scheduling in the heart of the region season, why?
“It’s important for us to play this level of competition to prepare us for postseason play [In Georgia] and in February [region tournaments and state tournament seeding on the line in Georgia], we want to play the best so there won’t be any questions at the end of the season”, head coach Phyllis Arthur said.
The Rose Classic Super Jam has been played since 2006 and is a female student-athlete only tournament which uses a 30-second shot clock for all games. Sophomore T’ea Cooper (North Carolina commit) lead McEachern in scoring from the point guard spot at 17.5 ppg and hands out 4.9 apg in the process, while Freshmen Jada Lewis is putting in 9.9 ppg.
“I’m so excited [about the use of a shot clock]”, Arthur stated. “Were going to work with the shot clock in practice the next two days and I can’t wait to play with it”.
The shot clock in high school basketball was shot down in May of last year by the National Federation of State High School Associations. We interviewed Arthur after last season after the verdict was announced and Arthur, a proponent of the shot clock, spoke openly about the shot clock being needed in high school basketball. You can see that interview here at the 7:30 mark on the shot clock topic.
New York, that’s a long flight and the furthest McEachern has taken a basketball team in its school history.
“This trip will give the ladies some memorable memories. We have six ladies on the team that have never flown before, so it’s going to be a trip to remember for a lifetime”, Arthur added with excitement.
The first time you step on a jet and it’s for basketball, you have to be excited because if you seek to continue at the collegiate and professional levels you are going to have to fly so getting those jitters out-of-the-way now is a positive.
Follow @tsportscoverage on Twitter for updates on the McEachern Lady Indians this weekend as they will be in a New York State of Mind this weekend.