The McEachern Lady Indians shook off a sluggish start to win their season opener against defending region 4-6A champion North Cobb 71-48.
North Cobb used a 6-0 run to take a 17-7 lead with 2:45 remaining in the first quarter. McEachern turned to their trademark pressure defense and uptempo style to finish the quarter on an 8-0 run and trailed 17-15 at the end of the quarter. Behind sophomore Jada Lewis McEachern continued their run opening the second quarter with seven quick points. Lewis nailed a three-pointer to give McEachern the lead 18-15 and followed it up with back-to-back lay-ups to cap a 15-0 run and McEachern never trailed again.
McEachern continued to use its pressure defense to force turnovers to get easy fast break baskets while connecting on eight three-pointers in the game -four by Taylor Gordon, cruising to the 23 point victory as nine Lady Indians scored.
T’ea Cooper lead all scorers with 23 points while Taylor Gordon added 17 and Lewis tallied 11. Kyrie Chandler was the lone Lady Warrior in double figures with 17 while Alexis Luster added 9.
Up next for the Lady Indians (1-0) are road games at Marietta and Norcross before traveling to Nashville, TN to play in a Thanksgiving Weekend.
In the boy games Freddie Brown scored 13 and Logan McIntosh chipped in 11 as McEachern pulled away in the second half outscoring North Cobb 37-18 in the half to defeat North Cobb 53-33. North Cobb did not have a double figure scorer as Noah Cotton had a team high 9.