Georgia’s four-time defending champion McEachern continues to work on its schedule for the upcoming 2017-18 high school basketball season. The Lady Indians again will play a national schedule with games in Texas, New York, Alabama and Washington D.C.
“We want to play tough competition,” Lady Indian head coach Phyllis Arthur responded when asked about the heavy schedule.
McEachern (26-6; 6-5 OOS last season) has lined up games with Stephenson and Greater Atlanta Christian along with an event at Parkview. The Lady Indians defeated Greater Atlanta Christian 86-55 in one of only six regular season home games and lone non-region home game last season.
The McEachern Lady Indians advanced to the 7A semifinals with a 77-29 victory over Mill Creek. McEachern won its 13th straight game and increased their state record for most consecutive state tournaments wins in the highest classification to 18.
McEachern (24-6) will face Archer (25-4) in the semifinals. Archer defeated Colquitt County 55-50 to advance. McEachern has defeated Archer each of the previous three seasons in the playoffs.
On the other side of the 7A bracket Norcross defeated Westlake 57-44 and will meet Collins Hills in the semifinals. Norcross (28-2) has won 10 consecutive games and is ranked tenth nationally in the Max Preps Xcellent 25. Collins Hill (25-4) defeated Lambert 57-46 to earn its spot in the semifinals.
The semifinals will be Saturday March 4th at the University of West Georgia beginning with Norcross vs Collins Hill at 2pm and McEachern vs Archer at 6pm.
The McEachern Lady Indians (6-7) post a 3-2 record for a in fourth place at the 2015 Sandra Meadows Classic in Duncanville, TX this week.
McEachern defeated Richardson (TX) in the opener as Jada Lewis scored 11 of her game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter. McEachern outscored Richardson 23-8 in the fourth quarter enroute to the 67-49 victory. Chanel Wilson scored 12, Que Morrison finished with 10 and Lyndsey Whilby chipped in 8 points in the victory.
Day 2 of the event featured the doubleheader portion of the event. The Lady Indians remained in the winners bracket with a 80-33 rout of Briarcrest Christian (TN). McEachern broke the game open early with a 22-0 run in the first quarter.
Jada Lewis led all scorers with 20 points. Lewis scored 13 of her 20 points in the first quarter as McEachern outscored Briarwood Christian 38-6. Chanel Wilson and Victoria Agyin tallied 12 apiece and Que Morrison chipped in 10.
McEachern hit the floor hours later against Argyle Liberty Christian (TX) and came away with a hard fought 65-57 victory to advance to the semifinals. Lyndsey Whilby’s 18 points led McEachern. Chanel Wilson put in 16, Jada Lewis 12 and Tierra Lindsey finished with 10.
“We shot the ball well and we ran them, ” Arthur said. “I just hope we have enough steam for tomorrow.”
In the semifinals on Day 3 the action started at 9am for the Lady Indians as they took on their fourth nationally ranked team of the season in No.13 Blackman (TN). Highly-touted UConn signee Crystal Dangerfield scored 25 points as Blackman held off McEachern 64-62.
Jazz Bond scored 7 of her 11 points in the third quarter as the Lady Blaze erased a three-point halftime deficit. Lewis scored 19, Morrison 15, Wilson 11 and Lindsey 10 in the loss that put the Lady Indians in the third place game against Plano-West, who lost to host and No.6 Duncanville, TX in the semifinals.
“Yes, Blackman is tough,” Arthur stated.
Plano West (TX) used an 18-point fourth quarter to prevail in the low scoring affair with a 47-36 victory. Natalie Chou led Pano West with 15 points while Callie Owens and Morgann Yancey each finished with 10 points. Chou, Owens and Yancey combined to score 12 of the 18 points in the fourth quarter for Plano West. Jada Lewis again led McEachern with 12 points and Que Morrison scored 10 in the loss.
Duncanville defeated Blackman in the finals 64-43 to win the event championship.
McEachern will return to action in a rare home game against Osborne in region action Saturday.
McEachern has losses to nationally ranked Riverdale Baptist (MD), Paul VI (MD) and Blackman (TN) this season. Hopkins (MN) was nationally ranked when they defeated McEachern at that time however despite a current 7-game winning streak are now unranked nationally.
Majestie Robinson scored 17 points along with Rebecca Lescay’s 16 as Liberty (TX) defeated McEachern 45-43 in the semifinals of the Sandra Meadows Classic in Duncanville, TX. Te’a Cooper scored 29 points, Zieandrea Bridges chipped in 7 while Jada Lewis was held scoreless in the loss. The loss was McEachern’s lowest scoring output since scoring 29 in a loss last season to Marian Catholic (IL), its first loss of the season and snapped a six-game winning streak.
“It was a bad game at the wrong time, McEachern head coach Phyllis Arthur said. “Only scoring 43 points killed us.”
McEachern bounced back to earn third place with an 88-71 victory over Trimble Tech (TX). Te’a Cooper scored 34, a classic high for her, while Jada lewis had 29 in the victory. Karrington Brown scored 33 in the loss for Trimble Tech. Overall the Lady Indians finished 4-1 and third in the 32-team Sandra Meadows Classic.
McEachern defeated Ryan (TX), Hall (AR) and McKinnely North (TX) by an average of 21.3 points to advance to the semifinals. Defensively they were held those opponents to 36.6 points per game while averaging 61 points. In the semifinal and third-place games McEachern average 65.5 points while allowing 58 points. McEachern classic opponents have a combined 47-21 record.
For the classic, McEachern averaged 63 points while allowing 44.6 points. Te’a Cooper lead the team in scoring averaging 28.2 points, Jada Lewis averaged 14. The Indians entered the tournament ranked No.1 by Max Preps and No.6 by USA Today.
Conway (AR) defeated Liberty (TX) 53-33 in the championship game claiming first place.
McEachern (10-1) returns to action Saturday against Osborne for the first of five straight region games. A date with Georgia Class 2A second-ranked Holy Innocents (14-0) in the Krossover Classic at Archer high school follows on January 17th.
Te’a Cooper led the 6A McEachern Indians to their second state championship in three seasons this past spring while Asia Durr led St. Pius X to their second straight state championship in class 3A. Both represent Georgia on the 12-player USA Basketball Women’s Under 17 National Team roster this summer.
Georgia-behind Cooper and Durr, joined Texas (4) and California (2) as the only states with multiple representation on the roster. Georgia sent 12 players to the trails with 11 competing as Cooper’s teammate Caliya Robinson did not participate due to injury.
Durr, regarded by many recruiting services as one of the top recruits in the country, won a gold medal last year while on the Under 16 team. Cooper, a top 50 recruit by multiple recruiting services, did not make the cut last year for the U16 team and will be making her first national team appearance. Both players will be entering their senior season after national team play.
The team will convene again for training June 12th through June 17th in Colorado Springs, Co before leaving for France to continue training on June 19th and compete in an exhibition tournament June 20th-22nd. USA will play in Pool D when 2014 FIBA World Championship prelim round begins June 28th, the Round of 16 will begin July 2nd with the gold medal game on July 6th in the Czech Republic. The Under 17 team will be seeking its third consecutive world championship.
The McEachern Lady Indians (29-2) capped their 2013-14 season winning their second state championship in three seasons with a 81-62 victory over the Archer (GA) Tigers in Georgia’s 6A girls title game. The Lady Indians were 23-0 against Georgia teams, went wire-to-wire as the No.1 team in state polls and defeated six teams either in the regular season or playoffs that were in the final top 10 of the state polls. McEachern won their first title in 2012 with a perfect 33-0 record and finished No.2 in the final national polls.
Nationally, McEachern began the season ranked No. 20 in the preseason briefly falling out after back-to-back losses in late November. They posted a 5-2 record against national opponents and have been ranked as high at No. 14 this season. They currently are No.15 in both major polls (Max Preps and USA Today).
“We set up a national schedule. We went and played everybody we could play from Tennessee to Florida to New York. We’ve been everywhere trying to play the best teams in the nation to get us to this point (winning the state championship),” head coach Phyllis Arthur said after winning the state championship.
Are the Lady Indians worthy of another Top 10 finish when the final polls come out?
McEachern’s first lost came to Blackman (TN) 74-67. Blackman (34-1) is currently ranked No.1 nationally, won the Tennessee Division-I 3A championship and look to be in prime position to lock up the national championship. Blackman suffered their only loss to Incarnate Word Academy (MO) (27-1)-ranked No.2 nationally. Blackman revenged that loss by beating Incarnate Word Academy three weeks later.
Marian Cathloic (IL) defeated McEachern the next night as one of two teams to hold the Indians under 50 points in a 47-29 victory. Marian Catholic is unranked and lost in the Illinois 4A semifinals to eventual champion Whitney Young. Whitney Young (32-3) is currently ranked as high as No.10 nationally.
McEachern defeated Florida champions Ribault (FL) and Edgewater (FL). Ribault (29-5) won class 6A, Edgewater (26-6) won class 4A and both are unranked.
The Lady Indians swept two games in the Rose Classic Super Jam in Brooklyn, NY defeating Nazareth (NY) and Capitol Christian Academy (MD). Nazareth (21-7) finished as the New York State Catholic School runner-up losing to St. Anthony (NY) (25-5) in the finals. Capitol Christian Academy (25-7) finished third in the NACA (National Association of Christian Athletes) Nationals.
Their final national game was against Hoover (AL) in a game played at Wesleyan High School in Norcross, GA. The Indians used a 23-1 run in the first half on their way to the 75-53 victory. Hoover lost in the 2nd round of the Alabama 6A playoffs to Sparkman (AL). Sparkman lost to Blackman (TN) twice during the regular season and were the Alabama 6A runner-up losing to Shades Valley (AL). Shades Valley defeated Archer (29-4) during the regular season.
The drawback for the Lady Indians is none of their national wins were against nationally-ranked opponents. Despite the national schedule the Lady Indians were 0-1 against nationally-ranked teams. Southwest Dekalb (GA) was the only other Georgia team to make it into the national polls. Southwest Dekalb (GA) was ranked No. 23 (by Max Preps) the week they lost the Georgia 5A championship game to Tucker.
McEachern finished the season on 26-game winning streak and were led by a pair of juniors ranked in the top 15 in the 2015 recruiting class by ESPN’s HoopGurlz in T’ea Cooper and Caliya Robinson. Cooper (verbal to North Carolina) averaged 19.6 points, 5.8 assists and 4.4 steals this season. Caliya Robinson averaged 13.0 points, 10.9 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 3.3 steals, 6.6 blocks recording four triple-doubles this season (all with blocks). Senior Taylor Gordon (Wake Forest signee) averaged 12.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.9 steals and sophomore Jada Lewis averaged 9.6 points, 3.7 assists and 2.3 steals.
History is mainly unimportant when it comes to national rankings for the current season yet the Lady Indians did accomplish some historic feats this season within Georgia. They became one of only two girls teams to score 100 points or more in a state playoff game since the inception of the girls tournament in the mid 1940’s scoring 104 against Rockdale County. Early County (GA) scored 101 on the same day and were eliminated in the next round of the 2A state playoffs after being held to 39 points. McEachern also became the first girls program from Cobb County (GA) to win multiple state championships.
For the season McEachern averaged 71.6 points, scored 70 points or more 19 times (including 100 or more twice) and won five state playoff games by an average of 32.4 points.
The season did not come without talk swirling around the program of recruiting and undue influence.
“In spite of all the negative things said about us we still won it, they motivated us,” Arthur said.
It may be a stretch for the Lady Indians to finish in the Top 10 yet as far as the Lady Indians are concerned they did their part, they played all comers and won their state. With a chuck of the team returning next season it’s safe to say McEachern will be in the national rankings to begin next season and depending on how they set up their schedule could contend for a top 10 finish and possible national championship.
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.
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.
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.
The McEachern Lady Indians improved to 3-0 with a 50-48 victory over defending class 6A champion Norcross this past weekend.
Taylor Gordon led McEachern with 15 points, T’ea Cooper added 14 along with three steals and Caliya Robinson chipped in 11.
Norcross (3-1) was led by Sierra Butler with 14 points and freshman Tylia Gillespie 10 (all in the first half).
McEachern defeated Marietta the previous night 48-36 improving to 2-0 in region 4-6A.
The Lady Indians (3-0; 2-0) will travel to Murfreesboro, TN to play in the Turkey Jam Tournament where they will take on No. 3 ranked team in the Max Preps Xcellent 25 Blackman (TN) (2-0). McEachern is ranked 20th.
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