The McEachern Lady Indians (21-7) opened the state tournament with a convincing 90-33 victory over Valdosta (13-16). McEachern, Georgia’s two-time defending 6A state champions, finished the game on a 48-6 run and did not allow Valdosta to score in the mercy ruled six-minute fourth quarter.
McEachern has used big runs all season in both games against Georgia opponents and out-of-state opponents to break open games and pull away for victories.
Jada Lewis led the Lady Indians with 27 points, 6 assists and 6 steals while Lyndsey Whilby tallied 17 and Que Morrison finished with 16. Desinee Arnold put in 12 points while Tykeria Holmes scored 10 for the Lady Wildcats.
McEachern will face Archer in the second round this weekend. McEachern has ended Archer’s season the past two years in the playoffs, once in the title game in 2014 and in the semifinals on a game-winning shot by Te’a Cooper in 2015.