Cooper’s 31 Leads McEachern (GA) Past Hoover (AL)

The McEachern Lady Indians completed a stretch of games that could easily be taken for a professional teams schedule. McEachern defeated Hoover (AL) 75-53 for their 16th victory of the season capping a five game in nine-day stretch. The Lady Indians won 16 games last season and exited in the first round of the playoffs after winning a state title in Georgia’s highest classification the previous season.

Ranked No. 21 nationally after wins over Nazareth (NY) and Capitol Christian (MD) in the Rose Classic Super Jam last weekend in Brooklyn, NY, McEachern took care of their final national opponent prior to their late season region schedule that awaits in their home state of Georgia.

Hoover (AL) is nationally known for its football program that has won multiple state titles in recent years, including this past 2013 season. Add the girls hoop squad to that. The Lady Buccaneers are winners of back-to-back titles in 6A Alabama and breaking in a new squad this season under head coach Tiffany Fredrick.

Hoover opened up strong with a 10-0 lead in the first quarter. The Lady Buccaneers held McEachern without a point until the 1:30 mark of the first quarter and without a field goal until 21 seconds remained in the quarter.

The Lady Bucs took a 10-6 lead into the second quarter and led again 11-10 after splitting a pair of free throws. It was all McEachern and Te’a Cooper after that. Cooper helped McEachern overcome their slow start by draining a three-pointer giving them a 13-11 lead they would never relinquish with 6:20 to play in the second quarter. McEachern’s fatigue showed throughout the contest yet they overcame it by using their talent, great effort and an experienced coaching staff.

Cooper’s triple was part of a 23-1 McEachern run over a nine-plus minute span covering the end of the first quarter into the second quarter, sending them on their way. McEachern used it’s pressure defense to force multiple turnovers which they converted for easy baskets during the run and led 37-18 at halftime.

Hoover opened the second half fighting with a quick 4-2 spurt forcing a McEachern timeout. After the timeout Caliya Robinson found Cooper for an easy layup followed up by a Taylor Gordon three-pointer and Hoover never challenged again.

Cooper- who is being heavily recruited by North Carolina, led all scorers with 31 points, 6 assist and 6 steals. Sophomore Jada Lewis finished with 19 points, 4 assist, 4 steals and Taylor Gordon (Wake Forest) had 10 points, 5 assist accounting for the double-figure scorers for McEachern. Caliya Robinson continues to stuff the box score finishing with 8 points, 10 rebounds, 5 steals and 6 blocks.

McEachern (16-2 overall; 9-0 region) finishes their national schedule 5-2 with wins over teams from Florida, New York and Maryland and have yet to lose a game to a Georgia team. Their losses came to Blackman (TN) and Marian Catholic (IL). Blackman (TN) is ranked No. 3 nationally.

“We’ve been sluggish and lazy our last couple of games and the schedule is what we scheduled. We’ll take some time off and get some rest, we’ve played teams that will have us ready for postseason play,” McEachern head coach Phyllis Arthur said. “I’m proud of the girls.”

The Lady Indians were whistled for 28 fouls in the contest.

McEachern is the overall No.1 ranked girls team in Georgia and will face South Cobb, Harrison and Campbell this week before closing the regular season in two weeks against Kennesaw Mountain (7-11; 2-9), Campbell and South Cobb. The Lady Indians have yet to face South Cobb (4-15; 1-10) and Campbell (15-6; 8-4) and have victories over Harrison 72-42 and Kennesaw Mountain 85-23 in region play previously this season.

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McEachern Downs Capitol Christian; Sweeps Rose Classic Super Jam

The McEachern (GA) Lady Indians won their ninth consecutive game with a 73-59 victory over Capitol Christian (MD) Saturday in the Rose Classic Super Jam in Brooklyn, NY. The victory came a day after McEachern downed the No.1 team in New York, Nazareth 83-79.

McEachern trailed 28-18 at the half before rallying for the win, outscoring Capitol Christian 55-31 in the second half. Taylor Gordon led the way scoring for the Lady Indians with 22 points adding 5 rebounds and 4 assist. Caliya Robinson followed up her triple-double against Nazareth with a near triple-double as she posted 16 points, 10 rebounds, 8 blocks and 3 assist. Te’a Cooper had 12 points, 4 steals, Jada Lewis 7 points, 3 assist while Aunesha Williams totaled 7 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals against Capitol Christian.

In the two classic games Taylor Gordon led the Lady Indians in scoring averaging 22 points. Te’a Gordon averaged 19 points and 4.5 steals while Caliya Robinson averaged 18 points, 12 rebounds and 9 blocks. McEachern used its trademark pressure defense and shared the basketball on offense as well as they have this season against top competition in both wins.

“The team that plays together stays together,” McEachern head coach Phyllis Arthur said about her team’s play over the weekend.

The Lady Indians are ranked No.1 in Georgia and improved to 13-2 overall, 4-2 against non-Georgia competition with eight of their remaining nine regular season games against region foes. They are 8-0 against Georgia region 4-6A winning by a margin of 34.87 points-per-game, winning two games by 60-plus points. Their lone remaining out-of-state game will be next Saturday at Wesleyan High School in Norcross, GA when they face the Hoover (AL) Buccaneers.

McEachern Wins Opener In Rose Classic Super Jam

The No.1 girls hoops team from Georgia defeated the No.1 ranked girls hoops team from New York in the Rose Classic Super Jam at Nazareth High School in Brooklyn, NY Friday night. McEachern (GA) downed Nazareth (13-4) 83-79 behind a host of big efforts from their key players.

Te’a Cooper led the Lady Indians with 26 points, 6 assists and 5 steals while Taylor Gordon poured in 22 points dropping off 5 assist. The biggest effort of the night came from Caliya Robinson who posted a triple-double with 18 points, 14 rebounds, 10 blocks adding 4 steals. Aunesha Williams chipped in 8 points and 7 steals while Jada Lewis had 9 points and 7 steals.

McEachern (12-2 overall, 8-0 in Georgia Region 4-6A) improves to 3-2 against out-of-state opponents this season and have yet to lose to a Georgia team. McEachern suffered back-to-back losses to No.3 nationally Blackman (TN) and Marian Catholic (IL) in the Turkey Jam Classic in Tennessee in November. Their previous out-of-state wins came to Jacksonville-Ribault (FL) and Edgewater (FL) in December.

Next up is Captiol Christian (MD) (10-5) Saturday in the final of two games of their New York trip. This is the second consecutive season the Lady Indians, under head coach Phyllis Arthur, have played in the Rose Classic Super Jam. Hoover (AL) is the last out-of-state opponent remaining on the Lady Indian’s schedule. They will face off next Saturday at Wesleyan High School in Norcross, GA.