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McEachern Finishes Fourth At Sandra Meadows Classic

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.

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Phyllis Arthur continues to schedule nationally for Lady Indians

“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.

 

 

 

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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.

Illness Sidelines Cooper

The nation’s top point guard in the 2015 class and recent Tennessee commit, T’ea Cooper is not with her USA Women’s U17 World Championship team due to illness.

Despite being ill, Cooper participated in two live scrimmages with the team in Colorado. Cooper’s condition did not improve after those scrimmages so she was treated with what was found to be tonsillitis. Cooper was not allowed to travel aboard with the team after the treatment.

Team USA is 1-0 after defeating China in their opener in the 2014 FIBA U17 Women’s World Championships in Czech Republic.

Cooper has since full recovered and would receive any medal the team earns in the World Championships. She was unavailable for comment.

Top 15 Finish In Major Polls For McEachern

The McEachern Lady Indians won their second state championship in three seasons in Georgia’s highest classification. McEachern (29-2) finished No.14 in the USA Today Super 25 and No.15 in the Max Preps Xcellent 25 in the final national rankings released last week. No other Georgia team finished in the top 25 in either poll. Undefeated Redan (34-0) won Georgia’s class 4A championship, finishing 26th in the USA Today Super 25.

McEachern Lady Indians 2013-14 Georgia 6A Champions
McEachern Lady Indians 2013-14 Georgia 6A Champions

Blackman (TN) (34-1) finished No.1 in both polls and are considered the “national champions”. Blackman defeated McEachern 74-67 this season.

McEachern will return leading scorer T’ea Cooper, leading rebounder Caliya Robinson and rising star Jada Lewis next season. Their full schedule for next season has yet to be completed but we can confirm they have scheduled road games against Georgia powers Parkview, Southwest Dekalb, Holy Innocents and this past seasons class 3A champion St. Pius X.

The Lady Indians went 26-0 against Georgia opponents last season, winning five state playoff games by an average of 32.4 points.

McEachern will seek to continue their trend of scheduling national opponents next season. They are slated for a trip to Duncanville (TX) and one or more high-level tournaments that will include national opponents, details have not been finalized. Duncanville finished 35-1 this season, ranked No.8 in USA Today Super 25 and No. 12 in Max Preps Xcellent 25 final rankings and had their 105-game winning streak snapped in the Texas 5A state finals.

McEachern Downs Norcross; Headed To Turkey Jam Undefeated

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.

Xplosion Rout Locomotion; Win Third Straight

The Atlanta Xplosion added to their win column for the third consecutive game with a 66-0 win over the Chattanooga Locomotion in IWFL action on Saturday. Atlanta is now 3-1 on the season averaging 47 points per game and 60.6 points per game over the last three wins.

Leading rusher Lauren Falhoun had another banner day rushing 15 times for 307 yards scoring seven touchdowns on runs of 19, 9, 8, 65, 48, 14 and 64 yards. Quarterbacks Tammy Nelson and Elizabeth Lane combined for 73 yards of passing as the Xplosion finished with 479 yards of total offense.

The Xplosion defense delivered their second consecutive shutout forcing three turnovers and yielding only 148 yards of total offense to the Locomotion.

Atlanta will now have consecutive bye weeks before getting back into action against the Huntsville Tigers on June 8th. The Xplosion defeated the Tigers 64-0 in their previous meeting this season.

The Atlanta Xplosion won the 2006 and 2011 IWFL national championship and remain in playoff contention in 2013.

Memphis Blast Win On A Field Goal

The 2013 Gridiron Developmental Football League regular season is quickly closing in with many teams opening their season on May 4th. Until then the GDFL held a preseason Kick-Off Classic in Memphis,TN, the head quarters of the league.

In the game the Memphis Blast led 8-0 after the defense scored a safety and later scored on a 2-yard touchdown run. Clarksville got on the scoreboard by returning an interception for a touchdown, converting the two-point conversion evening the game at 8 all in the second quarter.

Both teams would go back and forth with the defenses showing they were ahead of the offenses as you normally see in most preseason football action. Late in the fourth Memphis completed a 40-yard pass down to the Wolfpack five yard-line setting up the game-winning field goal from 23-yards out in the waning seconds of the game defeating the Clarksville (TN) Wolfpack 11-8.

“It was a great atmosphere, great ball game with two great teams going at it and this was just the preseason.” Charles Thompson CEO of the league said about the event.

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