Caliya Robinson posted her fourth triple-double of the season, again with blocks, as the Lady Indians opened up an eight-point lead after halftime to better Brunswick 94-75.
McEachern, after leading 40-32 at the half, opened the third quarter with a 12-4 run taking a 52-36 lead forcing a Brunswick timeout two minutes into the quarter. Robinson sparked the run both offensively and defensively while T’ea Cooper, Jada Lewis, Taylor Gordon and Aunesha Williams were vital during the quarter as the Indians outscored the Pirates 31-17. McEachern’s lead swelled to 24 points before ending the quarter with a 22-point lead, 71-49.
In the fourth McEachern put the game away at the foul line coming away with the 94-75 victory. The teams combined for 56 fouls and 75 free throw attempts in a contest that had both coaches,players and fans voicing their opinions on multiple touch fouls throughout the night. McEachern was 23-of-36 and Brunswick was 22-of-39.
McEachern’s starters combined for 72 points as Robinson finished with 16 points, 15 rebounds and 17 blocks. T’ea Cooper led McEachern in scoring with 21 points adding 7 assists and 3 steals before fouling out midway through the fourth quarter. Jada Lewis tallied 15 points, Taylor Gordon added 12 and Aunesha Williams finished with 8 points. DeClara Daniels added 11 points off the bench.
Brunswick’s (25-4) Destiny Alston showcased her array of moves and speed to a game-high 32 points. Brianna Gipson was the only other double-figure scorer for the Lady Pirates finishing with 13 points.
“She’s a good player,” McEachern head coach Phyllis Arthur said about Alston. “We’ll let her get her 30 so long as we stop everyone else and do what we’re suppose to do.”
McEachern moved up to No. 18 this week nationally improving to 25-2, winning their 22nd straight game and are averaging 99 points per game through two state tournament games. They will host Douglas County (23-4) Wednesday in the quarterfinals. McEachern defeated Douglas County in a preseason scrimmage in early November.