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McEachern Wins 4th Straight Title

Updated: McEachern(26-6) finished ranked No.1 in class 7A but unranked nationally in the Max Preps Xcellent 25 final rankings. Norcross (29-3) finished ranked  No.2 in class 7A and No. 22 in the Max Preps Xcellent 25.

Phyllis Arthur was named 7A Coach of the Year and Que Morrison (Georgia) 7A Player of the Year by the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Lindsey Whilby (Texas Tech) was named second team All-State by the AJC.

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The McEachern Lady Indians (26-6) extended its state record consecutive state tournament game winning streak to 20 while winning its fourth straight championship in the highest classification with a 75-68 victory over rival Norcross.

Norcross lead 22-15 entering the second quarter and maintained a lead for much of the second quarter. Que Morrison shifted the tenor of the game in the final 30 seconds by scoring the last five points of the half. Morrison connected a three-pointer and then scored on a fast break layup  to pull McEachern to within one, 38-37 at halftime. Morrison scored 17 of her 22 first-half points in the second quarter. McEachern’s only lead of the first half was 1-0 in the opening minutes.

Lindsey Whilby connected on a three-pointer as part of a McEachern 8-2 run in the first two minutes of the second half to take a 45-40 lead and would never trailed again. McEachern continued to play at its patented uptempo pace however Norcross would manage to tie it 53-all late in the third quarter on a Taylor Mason bucket. McEachern led 58-55 at the end of three quarters.

The Lady Indians opened the fourth quarter with a small 6-0 spurt to take its biggest lead of the game 64-55 after a pair of Whilby free throws. Reserve Victoria Agyin scored the final 11 points of the game for McEachern as Norcross never got closer than three points the final five minutes of the contest.

“I told them early on if we keep it close to halftime we would win the game because we could outrun them,” McEachern head coach Phyllis Arthur said. “I told them to be patience on offense and that on defense they were beating us man-to-man so we went zone and packed it in the lane and start attacking to make them foul us.”

Morrison finished with a game-high 24 points to go with six rebounds and four assists while Whilby, Agyin and Jewel Smalls each finished with 13 for McEachern. Alexis Burke chipped in seven points and Jasmine Clements finished with four points and game-high 11 rebounds.

Vanessa Blagmon tallied 23 points, Taylor Mason netted 17 and Tionna Carter posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

In addition to the championship being McEachern’s fourth straight it was was also their fifth in the last six years.

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McEachern Lady Indians 2017 7A GA State Champs

“Oh my god it’s the best feeling I could ever have,” Arthur exclaimed afterwards. “When nobody else believed we could do it, we even had friends and family members that thought we couldn’t do it because we lost some valuable players, we had girls to step up like Vic (Victoria Agyin) and Alexis Burke, they stepped up and did their jobs, never lost faith and never waivered, they knew from the beginning we could do it.”

McEachern played the latter part of the regular season and all of the state tournament without starters Chanel Wilson, Symone Oliver and Daimaya McPherson who were all out due to season ending injuries suffered in mid-to-late January.

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Phyllis Arthur is surrounded by her players after winning their 4th straight championship

“It says a lot about our program, our younger girls that come in everyday and work hard. I’m just so proud of them, they did a great job and have been working hard all year long,” Arthur responded when asked about the depth of her team in overcoming the injuries. “All of them are stars in my book because they all did what they had to do to win.”

McEachern completed the season on a 15-game winning streak avenging their only in-state loss to Norcross (in season opener). The Lady Indians posted a 6-5 record against out-of-state opponents. Their out-of-state opponents finished with a combined winning percentage of 81%. McEachern defeated Georgia 5A runner-up Southwest DeKalb, 1A Private runner-up Holy Innocents and 3A semifinalist Greater Atlanta Christian in non-region play. The Lady Indians (Cobb County) defeated four Gwinnett County teams in the state tournament (South Gwinnett, Mill Creek, Archer and Norcross).

 

 

 

 

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McEachern Claims Second Straight Title

McEachern’s heralded leader the past four seasons came through one final time. T’ea Cooper sealed her high school career by leading McEachern to its third state title in four years Saturday night in Macon, GA.

In addition to her game-high 26 points, her leadership, timely playmaking and clutch free throws late-on a night where she struggled from the stripe, propelled the Indians to a 58-51 overtime victory over Norcross (28-5).

Cooper battled foul trouble for the second consecutive title game yet remained poised throughout. Cooper picked up her third foul with 3:31 left in the second quarter with McEachern trailing 22-21. Norcross expanded the lead to 28-21 before leading 32-25 at halftime as Cooper sat the final two-plus minutes of the half.

McEachern chipped away at the lead for the bulk of the third quarter before Jasmine Clements nailed a three-pointer to cap a 7-0 run closing the quarter with McEachern leading 39-37.

In the fourth, Jada Lewis scored on a fastbreak layup to put McEachern up 45-39 with 5:36 remaining. Norcross battled back and knotted the score at 45-all behind a personal 6-0 run by Tylia Gillespie midway through the fourth. The squads battled from there until Norcross’ Taylor Mason drilled a three-pointer to even the count at 50-all with 61 seconds remaining.

McEachern Lady Indians celebrate 2014-15 state championship
McEachern Lady Indians celebrate 2014-15 state championship

Mason then fouled Cooper with 43 seconds left however Cooper (5-12 FT) missed both free throws giving Norcross the last shot. Mason’s shot missed under duress from Tierra Lindsey, who was playing with four fouls, forcing overtime.

Cooper rose to the occasion in overtime as she has throughout her career, especially this postseason. Cooper opened overtime with a bucket for a 52-50 Indians lead. Later, she assisted on a Tierra Lindsey bucket putting McEachern up 56-51 with 55 seconds left in overtime. Lindsey was fouled on the play. Lindsey missed the free throw but there was Clements for the offensive rebound.

“(Clements) told (the coaching staff) she liked coming off the bench better. She liked sitting back and seeing what’s happening,” McEachern head coach Phyllis Arthur said on Clements play. “She’s young, a sophomore…she wanted it, she even asked for the ball when she shot the three.”

On the extra possession Cooper turned the ball over however Gillespie blew the open layup. Jada Lewis grabbed the rebound and salted the game away at the free throw line for the 58-51 final.

McEachern leads the series 4-3 overall since 2010, the squads are 1-1 in title games during that span and have combined have won the last six championships in Georgia’s highest classification.

“We would love for it to be a rivalry, (Norcross’ Hembree) is a great coach and if we can make it work we’ll make it work,” Arthur stated.

Freshmen Chanel Wilson was the only other Indian to finish in double figures with 13 points. Lewis and Lindsey tallied six each while Clements grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds to go with four points.

Gillespie led Norcross with 20 points and 13 rebounds off the bench followed by Mason with 11. Allison Johnson grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds in addition to her eight points.

“She’s one of the best players I’ve ever seen,” Arthur said about Cooper. “Very high basketball IQ, unselfish, a creator. She wants it, she got it, she deserves it.

Cooper (Tennessee signee) leaves McEachern winning three titles three different ways. As a freshman she guided McEachern to a 33-0 mark with power players, Dominique Wilson (NC State), Destiny Gibbs (Southern Cal) and Pachis Roberts (Georgia) defeating Hillgrove. Taylor Gordon was by her side along with Aneshia Williams (Gardner Webb) and Caliya Robinson (Georgia signee) in a win over Archer.

This season she was the marquee player on an overall inexperienced team, save Jada Lewis, which held the number one ranking nationally for multiple weeks this season, before injuries hit the roster resulting in key losses.

“She can win without big studs, she should be the national player of the year,” Arthur firmly stated.

No. 1 McEachern Ready To Hit Court After Layoff

The McEachern (GA) Lady Indians (6-0) sit at No.1 in the Max Preps Xcellent 25. McEachern is averaging 78 points-per-game while allowing only 53 points-per-game. Tennessee commit Te’a Cooper leads the team in scoring (32.ppg) and assists (9.0ppg) while shooting 46% from the field. Junior guard Jada Lewis is averaging 15.8 points.

The Lady Indians will play the rest of the season without senior forward Caliya Robinson who is out with a knee injury. In four games this season Robinson averaged 13.8 points, 10.3 rebounds and 8.3 blocks. Robinson posted a triple-double with 21 points, 14 rebounds and 12 blocks in a 73-33 victory over Forest Park earlier this season.

McEachern has not played since a 65-58 win over region opponent North Cobb on December 16th. Cooper finished with 30 points, 6 assist and 3 steals while Lewis scored put in 14 points.

“I feel real good about our progress, but now we need someone else to step up with Caliya out,” McEachern head coach Phyllis Arthur said about its 6-0 start. Arthur confirmed that Robinson is out for the season with a torn ACL, MCL and meniscus in her left knee when she slipped on water on the floor in a victory over region and crosstown rival Hillgrove.

“My challenge to them was I need a Sam Jackson. Who will be our Sam Jackson,” Arthur stated. Jackson was third on the depth chart at running back entering the season but filled in for the injured Taj Griffin on the McEachern football team which advanced to the Georgia semifinals this year. Jackson rushed for over 800 yards and eight touchdowns when thrusted into the spotlight.

When the Lady Indians take the floor again it will be 13 days since their last game. With a trip to Texas next, Arthur has challenged her team during the long layoff.

“We’ve ran a mile each day after practice and we’ve scrimmage very hard to stay in game shape, hopefully we’ll be ready”, Arthur said.

McEachern returns to action December 29th in the 64th annual Sandra Meadows Classic in Duncanville, TX. McEachern will be the highest and only nationally-ranked team in the 32-team tournament. They will open the tournament against Denton Ryan (TX) Monday Dec. 29th with a tip time of 10am et/9am ct. The tournament will offer a unique twist as teams will play two games on the second and third days (Tuesday and Wednesday). All teams are assured of at least four games.

“In AAU ball they play two sometimes three games a day so they had better be use to it. This is a big tournament for us,” Arthur said about chance of playing two games in one day multiple time.

Other teams in the field include host Duncanville (TX), Briarcrest Christian (TN), Ft. Bend Hightower (TX), Girls & Boys Preparatory School (TX), Incarnate Word (TX), Largo (MD), McKinney Boyd (TX), Plano (TX), Trimble Tech (TX), and Trinity (TX)-all minus Duncanville will be playing in the tournament for the first time as will McEachern. Pickerington High School out of Ontario, Canada is the only non-United States team in the field.

Arthur is known for playing a national schedule during her tenure at McEachern. Previously McEachern played in the Rose Classic in Brooklyn, New York the previous two seasons but opted to go to Texas this year instead.

“This is a big tournament for us. We’ve played a national schedule since I’ve been here. We’ve played up north, we wanted to go play out west this time,” Arthur said about the opportunity to play in the Sandra Meadows Classic.

McEachern has won two of the last three state championships in Georgia’s highest classification and are the heavy favorites again this year. Follow Total Sports Coverage on Twitter @tsportscoverage for game updates of the nation’s No.1 girls high school basketball team all next week.

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.

McEachern (GA) Girls Saddled Up For Georgia 6A Title Run

The McEachern (0-0; 0-0) girls basketball squad is gearing up for a 2013-14 title run with a scrimmage against Douglas County (0-0; 0-0). Following the scrimmage game the Lady Indians- 2011-12 Georgia 5A champions (highest class in Georgia that year), will shift their focus to Cobb County rivals North Cobb (0-0; 0-0) and Marietta (0-0; 0-0) before traveling to Norcorss before the month of November is out.

Norcross (0-0; 0-0), winners of 3 of the last 4 state championships behind now North Carolina starting forward Diamond DeShields, churns out talent and produces stars in Women’s basketball. McEachern defeated Norcross in the 5A semifinals in 2011 on their way to a 33-0 finish and the state title, the only year Norcross and DeShields did not win the basketball title in Georgia-Norcross defeated McEachern at home in the regular season that year.

Standout point guard T’ea Cooper- who once committed to North Carolina as an 8th grader, has pulled back on that commitment and is keeping her options open as she enters her junior season.

“We have a lot to work to do as well as getting in basketball shape that McEachern basketball is accustom to,” McEachern head coach Phyllis Arthur said.” “Still knocking out some kinks.”

McEachern girls are nationally known to be a basketball team that gets up and down the floor and playing pressure defense. The Lady Indians won their title game by 33 points over Hillgrove playing that style of ball the entire game and year and played in the Rose Classic in New York last season.

The Lady Indians are ranked No.20 in the Max Preps National Preseason poll.