Lady Indians back on top
by Zac Diodati
MDJ Sports Correspondent
February 20, 2014 04:04 AM | 3137 views | 63 63 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
McEachern assistant principal Paul Gillihan high-fives the players after the Lady Indians’ Region 4AAAAAA championship win against Hillgrove on Wednesday.
<BR>Staff photo by Jeff Stanton
McEachern assistant principal Paul Gillihan high-fives the players after the Lady Indians’ Region 4AAAAAA championship win against Hillgrove on Wednesday.
Staff photo by Jeff Stanton
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POWDER SPRINGS — McEachern overcame a slow start and dominated the second half to reclaim the Region 4AAAAAA championship with a 72-60 win over archrival Hillgrove on Wednesday.

McEachern (24-2) last won the region title in 2012, then had to settle for the runner-up position with a loss to North Cobb in last year’s title game.

The first quarter went decisively in Hillgrove’s favor, as the second-seeded Lady Hawks (23-4) went 4-of-5 from beyond the 3-point line, while McEachern (24-2) went 1-8 on 3s.

Hillgrove led 22-13 after the first quarter.

“Just relax, our shots are going to start to fall,” McEachern coach Phyllis Arthur said, recalling what she told her team after the first quarter. “We came out a little too hyped up, and playing on too much emotion. We were on our home floor against our rival, but they settled down and came out on top.”

McEachern’s Taylor Gordon picked up her third foul of the game just 15 seconds in the second quarter, but the Lady Indians got contribution from the bench and fought their way back into the contest. They tied the game at 28-all with just over 5 minutes remaining until halftime, and when Hillgrove was whistled for a 10-second violation on the ensuing possession, the momentum shifted to the host Lady Indians.

After briefly trailing, Hillgrove found region player of the year Mackenzie Engram on an outlet pass, and the Georgia signee converted a layup to tie the game at 34-34 heading into halftime.

Engram was presented with her player of the year trophy after the game.

“I’m proud of Mackenzie for all the work she has put in this season and her whole life,” Hillgrove coach Susan Milam said. “She loves to play basketball, and she’s got a great future ahead of her at Georgia.”

Engram finished the game with a team-high 17 points, but the night ultimately belonged to McEachern.

The Lady Indians began the third quarter on an 8-2 run, capped off by a fast break basket by Jada Lewis. Center Caliya Robinson scored 10 points in the third quarter, and she led all scorers with 22 points.

McEachern will go into the state playoffs as Georgia’s top-ranked team, and Arthur doesn’t want her squad to rest on their laurels. Last year, the Lady Indians went out in the first round.

“We’ve got five more games that we need to play,” Arthur said. “It’s one-and-done now, and we have to really play.”

Hillgrove, which suffered its third loss to McEachern among only four losses all season, will also start the state playoffs at home, as the region’s No. 2 seed.

“I’m not sure how much gas we’ve got left in the tank after (Wednesday),” Milam said, “but we’re going to get in the gym, we’re going to prepare, and we’ll be ready come Friday.”
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McEachern Mother
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February 26, 2014
Dear Cobb Schools Parent,



This is a reminder that the application window for the School Choice Transfer program will be closing at 5pm on Friday, February 28th. No late applications will be accepted.



School Choice applications can be completed online, downloaded, completed and mailed or personally brought to 514 Glover St, Marietta, or completed and faxed to 678-594-8557.



Again, the application window for the School Choice Transfer program will be closing at 5pm on Friday, February 28th. No late applications will be accepted.



Please visit our website at www.cobbk12.org for the application and additional information.



Thank you.

HB 251
Put Up or Shut Up
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February 24, 2014
To all of you that have irrefutable proof that McEachern is recruiting please for God sakes turn your proof over to GHSA and stop all this whining and begging for someone else to do your dirty work. If you have proof then put it out there and nooooo hearsay does not count and nor does he said she said. You all sound like a bunch of cackling hens gossiping while you hang the Sunday wash and frankly I wish I had concrete proof so I could turn it over to GHSA just so you can shut up already, this blog has turned into one huge soap opera!
Disquialified
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February 22, 2014
Just got this article from someone on the Vent. Our Cobb leaders could learn a thing or to on how to enforce rules. I wish they would act sooner than later to prevent more damage, but we know they won't. If link doesn't work, search for homewood-flossmoor.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-02-20/news /chi-homewood-flossmoor-girls-basketball-20140219_ 1_ihsa-investigation-illinois-high-school-associat ion-the-ihsa

Acworth Mom
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February 22, 2014
If I understand all this correctly, the GHSA asks individual counties to investigate GHSA violations because they don't have the manpower to supervise all of Georgia. So, now that Tracie Doe and Cobb County have evidence regarding Omar Cooper's recruiting, they have to report it back to the GHSA. No Cobb County employee should be punished unless they can prove McEachern's coach was involved or Jones or Dorsey covered for them. That will be tough since it happens behind the scenes and they are all friends. So GHSA should get a report from Tracie Doe stating at the least she has evidence showing Omar Cooper, a McEachern booster, violated several GHSA recruiting rules. So, the GHSA will then have to deal with the situation. If they don't then people can go after the GHSA because they can't pick and choose when they enforce the rules.
Undue Influence?
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February 22, 2014
Can someone please defend McEachern, Tracie Doe, or the GHSA and give us an example of Undue Influence? I am really trying to understand if it is even possible to violate this rule if Omar Cooper hasn't. I am guessing this is a rule the GHSA and counties have decided they are never going to enforce so why do we still have it.
Over 100 Again
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February 21, 2014
Another team embarrassed my the McEachern AOT all-stars. McEachern creams Rockdale County 104-46. Nobody will stop McEachern at this point except Tracie Doe, the GHSA, or the public. Who will step up first?
Brookstone
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February 22, 2014
I can tell you it will be the public that handles this. The other two had since July to do it and have tried to avoid it at all costs.
Quick Summary
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February 21, 2014
1. Kell coaches report recruiting violations to Principal, Ed Wagner regarding Omar Cooper influencing Caliya Robinson to transfer to McEachern.

2. Ed Wagner tells coaches to be quiet so no attention is drawn to their illegal football players.

3. Kell coaches report evidence to Gary Phillips at GHSA.

4. Gary contacts Ed at Kell and they do nothing instead of reprimanding McEachern in July. Didn't want to do that because then maybe McEachern would report Kell for their illegal football player(s).

5. Time goes on and word spreads so parent reports McEachern to Ralph Swearngin at GHSA.

6. GHSA pawns it off on Cobb County and Steve Jones.

7. Cobb County AD and former foot ball coach at McEachern investigates allegations.

8. Tracie Doe, Area 5 superintendent ends investigation and concludes no rules were broken.

9. Since Kell coaches were never spoken to, public gets enraged and threatens to contact the news.

10. Tracie Doe decides to investigate some more. Whether she ever spoke to Kell coaches is up in the air.

11. In the meantime McEachern robs everyone in the area, especially Hillgrove, of a region title and nothing seems to be happening.

12 What will happen next is Tracie Doe will continue to play games and report to the GHSA that she found no wrongdoing by any Cobb employee.

13. The GHSA will rely on what Cobb says and drop it even though it was never a Cobb employee being accused, it is a booster, Omar Cooper.

14. Because everyone in the system fails, we send it to the media outlets and let them have fun.

15. The media requests the Open Records and see all the evidence against McEachern and Omar

Cooper.

16. Chaos ensues. Tracie Doe says she did her job, the GHSA says they trusted Tracie Doe.

17. The Media and public demand the GHSA take a look at Omar Cooper and they finally penalize McEachern.

18. All involved, particularly Doe and Swearngin, look very bad for playing games all this time and making this much more difficult for the kids involved.

The end!
That's All Folks
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February 22, 2014
That about sums it all up minus all the timelines and details that prove it. Can't wait to see how it all plays out. Either way, it is nice to kow that McEachern will finally be held accountable.
Laughing Laughing
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February 23, 2014
In reference to number 11, HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA
Or This
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February 23, 2014
Tracie and her colleagues make the records disappear and this whole thing goes away. End of story, now move on.
Factiod 2
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February 21, 2014
Did you know that Omar Cooper took Caliya Robinson and probably others to colleges for recruiting visits this summer. The college coaches and the Kell coaches can verify this. According to GHSA rules, this is a violation of UNDUE INFLUENCE rules. This violation alone makes Caliya Robinson ineligible!
Factoid 1
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February 21, 2014
Did anyone know that Omar Cooper would pick Caliya up from Kell in the summer and take her to various events including practices and workouts at McEachern. At the time, he wqas not her AAU coach anymore because he was banned from coaching AAU. According to GHSA policies, this is an UNDUE INFLUENCE violation because Omar Cooper is a booster for McEachern. The Kell coaches and other teachers at Kell can corroborate this. That violation alone makes Caliya an ineligible player!
A Little Pregnant
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February 21, 2014
Real Talk, you need to watch some more basketball if don't think anyone would have come close to McEachern. Marietta only lost by about 15 points both times they played. Caliya alone is good for 15 points. Harrison, Campbell, and N.Cobb all kept their games close for a period of time before McEachern released their dogs. Take the recruits out and it changes everything. I guess it's easy to say it wouldn't when we will never know! And another thing, if it wouldn't have mattered, then why did Omar spend so much time recruiting those players???
Go Longhorns
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February 21, 2014
Caliya definitely would have helped us out a lot this season. Anyone who says she didnt make a difference at McEachern is blind and dumb. Anyone who says she wasn't recruited is also dumb. That guy Cooper was over her house and the school all the time.
Anyone Notice
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February 21, 2014
Anyone notice that there is maybe two comments on here supporting McEachern? That is because everyone knows they are guilty of intentionally violating the rules! Seems like the only other people defending them are the folks in charge. Why is that?
Supporting MHS
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February 25, 2014
I support MHS 100%.
Indian Supporter
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February 21, 2014
For all you who just started paying close attention to Mceachern this year because of all the attention or some of you who may have caught amnesia, Mceachern was a play away from winning the region last year so regardless the future was bright. Mceachern with a team full of freshman and sophomores beat this same Hillgrove team in the region semifinals so let's not just act like teams in the region got robbed
Flawed Logic
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February 21, 2014
Indian Supporter, what is your point? Caliya Robinson alone made the difference all season and especially in the finals between them winning and losing. That is exactly why they went out and recruited her. The just needed that one player. Imagine what the other teams in the region would be like with her. She changes everything and you know it. Let's not even mentioned the William's sisters.
A Little Pregnant
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February 21, 2014
Indian Supporter, are you for real? A little cheating is still cheating, but we aren't even talking about a little cheating here. Robinson is one of the best Juniors in the COUNTRY! Wake up, she makes a huge difference and your Inndians would have not only lost to Hillgrove, but probably Marietta, N.Cobb, Harrison, and Campbell also. Be real!
Indian supporter
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February 21, 2014
It's not flawed logic if Caliya can make a team so much better Kell would have been at least in the final 4 last year this was going to be good with or without her or the Williams sisters who are at best a 5th option on this team. I just hate those who just feel like mceachern was a sorry team without Caliya.

Real Talk
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February 21, 2014
A little pregnant your name should be a little delusional because the only team who might have had a chance at mceachern without the "recruits" is Hillgrove. If you payed any attention to girls basketball before all this hating you would this was last year region runner up Mceachern year to win it! I don't have a horse in the race but I am a realist and I watch plenty of region 4 6A basketball to back up these facts.
Flawed!
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February 21, 2014
NObody is saying they would be sorry, at least I am not. Caliya got a lot better and much more mature in the off-season. If Kell had her this year, they win region and go further in state. She averaged a double double and had probably 5 blocks per game also. She makes a huge difference. Regardless of whether people agree with that, they can't argue with proof. She was recruited and they should have to be punished for it. That is why the rules exist.
Totally
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February 23, 2014
I AM TOTALLY SUPPORTING MCEACHERN.
Interested Coach
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February 21, 2014
Does anyone know if the GHSA is reconsidering the Undue Influence rules they have in place now that McEachern has apparently found a loop hole? I was always told that if I even go up to a player and say, "you are a great player, I would really like to come play for our school" that I have just violated the Undue Influence rule. So if that is the case, how the hell has McEachern gotten away with this if their booster has done much more than that? Any clarification on the rules would be appreciated.
Hey MDJ
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February 21, 2014
Why doesn't someone from the MDJ request the Public Records for this investigation. Seems like everything should be in there showing how evidence was presented to Cobb and the GHSA and neither acted on it. Please tell me the MDJ isn't covering for McEachern and Cobb also. Every McEachern article has had dozens of comments after it. Obviously enough people want accountability. Let's find out once and for all why McEachern wasn't punished.
In Cahoots
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February 21, 2014
The MDJ has been writing headlines about McEachern for a long time. I doubt they want to write anything that is going to put McEachern in the hot seat and get them sanctioned.
Depends
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February 21, 2014
IN CAHOOTS, it depends on who they like. They usually like to bash Cobb School officials so I think they would actually go after Tracie Doe unless they have strong ties to McEachern.
Good Question
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February 21, 2014
Why doesn't the MDJ look into this. Really? Seems simple enough to requests the records. Let's go guys, you are in the business of reporting the local news and this would definitely be a big story. You could jump on it now and it would be a great coverup story. Help protect the game before it gets out of control for the girls.
Lady Hawk Fan
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February 21, 2014
Good luck, Hillgrove. You ladies are a classy bunch and you work hard. I am hoping you make it far in the state playoffs. Don't worry about McEachern, they will get theirs eventually. Stay classy!
Thnak You
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February 21, 2014
I appreciate you saying that about the Hillgrove girls. My daughter has worked hard all year and her team really are a great group of girls. It is tough as a parent watching them lose to an all-star team and I am glad others recognize what is going on and still appreciate the hard-working teams.
Always Classy
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February 23, 2014
McEachern is a very classy bunch of girls. You need to know what you are talking about.
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