cheap dr martens shoes McEachern girls have edge on archrival Hillgrove
POWDER SPRINGS McEachern’s girls basketball team may not be as dominant as it was a year ago, but it still plays like a four time defending state champion.
The Lady Indians needed a Region 3AAAAAAA win Wednesday night as they hosted archrival Hillgrove, and while neither team shot particularly well, McEachern scrapped its way to a 43 33 win by getting out in front early and making the shots when it really counted.
McEachern (12 5, 5 1) handed Hillgrove (13 5, 5 1) its first region loss, and the teams are now in a three way tie with North Cobb for the region lead.
“It’s a big win,” McEachern coach Phyllis Arthur said. “(Hillgrove) beat North Cobb and North Cobb beat us.”
McEachern never trailed, though Hillgrove tied the game on three different occasions.
Georgia Tech signee Jasmine Carson led the Lady Indians with 16 points, and when Hillgrove tied McEachern twice in the third quarter,
she gave them a spark.
Hillgrove’s Kierra York tied the game at 22 all, moments after the second half got underway. Carson answered with a layup that launched a six point run by the Lady Indians.
When Hillgrove tied it again at 29 all on Laren VanArsdale’s 3 pointer late in the third, Carson gave McEachern its lead back before a pair of Kemia Ward free throws to end the frame provided insurance.
Carson added two more points on the free throw line during the fourth quarter, and another layup with less than a minute left to play put the Lady Indians ahead by 10 points.
While Carson stood out in the second half, Victoria Agyin accounted for most of her 13 total points in the first.
She hit back to back layups early to help McEachern go on a seven point run early in the game and take a 9 2 lead. Two additional layups by Agyin late in the first quarter kept the Lady Indians in front at 13 5.
While Hillgrove struggled from behind the 3 point line the Lady Hawks missed their first nine attempts from beyond arc before Michelle Smith connected at the halftime buzzer McEachern kept pursuing the layups.
“We talked more about defense,” Arthur said. “We couldn’t get into a 3 point shooting contest with them.”
Both teams were about equal on defense throughout the game, which kept Hillgrove in contention. McEachern forced 21 turnovers, while Hillgrove forced 19. The difference was that Hillgrove shot just 25 percent from the field.
VanArsdale led Hillgrove with 12 points, while Smith had seven.
“It was a disappointing loss, but we’ve got to regroup and get ready to play on Friday,
” Hillgrove coach Susan Milam said. “We have to make our corrections and be ready for North Cobb. We don’t have time to sulk.”