Lady Indians roll into semis
by Carlton D. White
cwhite@mdjonline.com
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Te’a Cooper, right, tries to get past Douglas County’s Doris Ijeoma on Wednesday. Cooper had 28 points as McEachern won its quarterfinal game.
<Br>Staff photo by Jeff Stanton
Te’a Cooper, right, tries to get past Douglas County’s Doris Ijeoma on Wednesday. Cooper had 28 points as McEachern won its quarterfinal game.
Staff photo by Jeff Stanton
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POWDER SPRINGS — Four players scored in double figures as McEachern rolled to an 81-52 victory over Douglas County on Wednesday in a Class AAAAAA state quarterfinal game at Lovinggood Gymnasium.

Te’a Cooper, who had three of McEachern’s nine 3-pointers, scored 11 of her game-high 28 points in the first quarter as the Lady Indians (26-2) jumped to a 24-13 lead. She also had six rebounds, eight assists and five steals, while Jada Lewis contributed two 3-pointers and finished with 10 points, four rebounds and six assists.

Caliya Robinson had a double-double, posting 18 points — including nine in the fourth quarter — to go with 12 rebounds, three assists and six blocks. Taylor Gordon had 13 points and five rebounds, while Aunesha Williams totaled six points, six rebounds, three assists and five steals.

After failing to win a playoff game last year and failing to build off its 2012 state championship, Region 4AAAAAA champion McEachern is back in the semifinals and will face 6AAAAAA runner-up South Forsyth on Saturday in a 6:30 p.m. game at Georgia Tech’s McCamish Pavilion. Lowndes and Archer will await on the other side of the bracket.

“When we lost two games in Tennessee, that woke us up,” said Cooper, who was a member of the Lady Indians’ championship team two years ago. “We knew that we couldn’t play as individuals. We had to become a team. Then, after the trip to New York, we came back on a mission.

“We’re ready to play. We’re all leaders on this team and we do everything we need to do to be and play like a team.”

McEachern’s chemistry was on display early. The Lady Indians established their dominance, turning the first quarter into a track meet by getting out on the break in transition after missed shots by Douglas County (23-5) and converting easy field goal attempts at the other end.

Leading 3-2, McEachern scored 10 straight points and maintained an 11-point advantage when Cooper drained a 3-pointer with 9 seconds left in the first period.

Gordon then took over with back-to-back 3-pointers within the first 90 seconds of the second quarter, putting McEachern in front 34-14.

A jumper from Robinson and a 3 from Cooper built a 23-point advantage for the Lady Indians, who led 45-19 at halftime.

“I knew we had scorers with Jada, Te’a, Taylor and Caliya,” McEachern coach Phyllis Arthur said on her team’s prolific offense, which is averaging 93 points in the playoffs. “We were also good inside, but it’s been our bench play that’s made a big difference.

“We’re substituting girls and there hasn’t been a drop-off in production. They’re coming in and stepping up and we don’t have any gaps now. The whole team is getting it done and contributing.”

Two more 3-pointers from Lewis and Cooper put McEachern ahead 50-21 with 6:08 left in the third, but a 3 from Maya Benham ignited a 7-0 run that pulled Douglas County to within 22.

That’s as close as the Lady Tigers would get the rest of the way. McEachern led 60-36 at the end of the third quarter and built a 31-point advantage three times in the fourth.

“One team, one heart — that’s our motto,” Arthur said. “They’re feeding into that. It’s a family, and I appreciate so much how these girls have developed this season.”

Benham led Douglas County with 17 points, including four 3-pointers and eight rebounds. Santasia Faust had 12 points and nine rebounds.
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MAMA MEL
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March 02, 2014
BEHIND THE SCENES,INSPITE OF THE NEGATIVE BLOGS/COMMENTS.....THERE IS THE TRUTH! We all have our OPINIONS and that is what makes the world an interesting place to live and grow. My daughter played for Coach Arthur four years. Out of those short years, the parents grew to LOVE her to know END! We support her ALL DAY EVERYDAY! Coach Arthur has always stood for what is right and placed her WHOLE Heart and SOUL into her profession as one of the TOP black female coaches of all time. Student centered and her love for achievement and her tenacity toward empowerment and advancement towards students and student athletes surpasses negative slander and misunderstood so called spectators who obviously dreamed of a career as a ESPN Sports Analyst. Please understand that this GREAT HIGH SCHOOL COACH deserves every WIN, TROPHEY, and CHAMPIONSHIP that she has worked so hard to achieve. SO DISCONTINUE with your inconcievable negative comments!
Kell mama knows
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March 02, 2014
You were outed on the vent a week ago, indian3333. I saw it and I imagine many others also did. One person ranting over and over under multiple handles. It's not really tough to believe at all- just pop in every hour or so and post under a new name, which you have. What IS tough is believing anything you say at all. Even tougher is believing that Cobb County actually has damning evidence and is simply ignoring it. Ms. Doe and those others are risking their careers just cover for Mceachern? Seriously?

And the Kell coaches will speak to all of us but won't speak to this newspaper "out of respect for their employer"? Why would they respect an employer (CCSD) if that employer is, according to you, involved in the biggest cover up in Cobb County HS sports history?

I think most folks would agree: it is you are delusional. We've been hearing you shout for literally months now that CCSD and GHSA have all they need and "it's all coming out soon." We've all seen the GHSA work- the hammer comes down hard and swift when improprieties have actually occurred, i.e. Milton, Grady, Parkview, etc.
Hawkoya
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March 02, 2014
Indian3333, I say we take him up on his offer as long as everyone else goes to the game. Tracie Doe and Ralph Swearngin, if you are up to it, let's make a date for the finals. Let's get all the liars in the same room and watch what happens. Let's invite Kell's area super, McEachern's area super, Steve Jones, Tracie Doe, both principals, all bloggers, all Cobb coaches, the media, and anyone else interested. I will drive to Macon for that!
Mustard Seed
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March 01, 2014
I would like to invite all of the people who write these endless blogs about mceachern to the final four game today at 630! Enjoy the show it's going to be a good game against a tough South Forsyth team and who knows maybe we can find out who Indian333 is finally!
Tough Game
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March 02, 2014
Mustard Seed, that really was a close game against a tough Forsyth team, ha! I almost thought S. Forsyth had a chance for about a minute. I love your idea about going to the game, also. You set it up. Invite all the key players and let's get this settled. Make sure the Kell coaches come with all their paperwork or you go get it from Open records yourself. Of course, be prepared to look like a fool because when you see it all, there is no way you will be able to defend your Indians. Unless of course you are an Indain because they have no conscience and cheating is alright if it helps you win basketball games.
Indians all the way
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March 01, 2014
GO GIRLS! HATERS GO AWAY WHILE THEY WIN THE STATE!!
Hilarious
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March 01, 2014
I have heard a lot of B.S. on this blog, but the last two posts win the prize. You Indians really think after everything Omar and McEachern have done that some how you are going to convince people in the community that the Kell coaches are guilty somehow. You people really are delusional!!! You also somehow want people to believe that one person has posted all the comments on here. I find that extremely hard to believe as a person would probably literally have to post all day long in order to accomplish that.

By the way, the MDJ has tried to investigate all of this, but the Kell coaches refused to speak with them out of respect for their employers! Fortunately though, the county has everything they need now to move forward. Enjoy your hollow wins. Should be anytime now when the GHSA takes them all away.
newindianfan
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February 28, 2014
Good grief, give it a rest! You have now officially caused me to cheer profusely for the Lady Indians to win state! I went from being sympathetic to being completely annoyed. No dog in the fight, just love following high school athletics. Yet every time I try to read a story or recap online, the same group of pests start to hijack the thread with their redundant whining.

Go Lady Indians!!
McCheater Fan
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March 01, 2014
NewIndian fan sounds just like OldIndian fan. People complain about cheaters so you support the cheaters. There must be something in the water in that district because everyone over there supports cheating. An yes, we will continue to hijack the threads on McEachern articles until they announce what they intend to do about the Indians cheating. The county can't be given proof of wrongdoing and then just ignore it. They are leaders and they will be forced to follow the rules like evryone else or they will be reported as well.
Kell mama knows
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February 28, 2014
It is past time to stop with this one man (woman?) vendetta against the Kell girl playing for Mceachern. People read the vent and know you are the same person posting under multiple names in an effort to make it look like many are in your corner. It is even easier to do such on this blog, as no registration is required. It is really very simple why the MDJ has not launched this journalistic investigation you have screamed for- they can see it is just you, posting over and over and over. They know there is absolutely nothing there and will not spend time and resources chasing figments of your imagination.

You have ranted and raved for the Kell coaches to be interviewed. Why are you not pleading for the girl's mother to be interviewed? It's because she has been, on more than one occasion. There was no undue influence, no matter how badly you wish it to be.

There may be some trouble for some coming out of this yet, but it will not be for those you long to see it happen to. It will be for those Kell coaches who continue to chide the mom into signing something she knows is not true. If they are wise, they will drop it. If not, they may find themselves no longer employed by the CCSD.
Know Your Facts
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March 01, 2014
Caliya's mom was interviewed! Of course that was after Omar Cooper called her first and told her not to talk. She gave Cobb County the run around about how she was going through a tough time and Omar promised to take care of her baby. All a bunch of garbage. The evidence Cobb has shows the truth and now Tracie Doe has to do her job or else risk losing hers. Simple!
Mr.Oblivious
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March 01, 2014
You must be another brilliant McCheater fan or parent. nobody cares how many people are posting on this blog or how mnay people care about the cheating going on. All that matters is that Cobb and GHSA now have proof that the Indians have an illegally recruited player(s) on their team and now they have to deal with it. Nice try thought trying to turn the tables with the Kell coaches. Cobb already heard that B.S. attempt from Omar Cooper and have ignored it. All that matters are facts and evidence and what they have shows Omar is guilty as sin! The only question now is what will they do about it. At the very least, Omar Cooper will not be involved in athletics in Cobb which is good for basketball!
I Wonder
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February 27, 2014
I wonder if the teams McEachern are beating in the State tournament even know if they are losing to a team with illegal players on it. I have a hunch they are going to be pretty upset when they find out after the fact.
Brunswick Dad
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March 01, 2014
We knew what we were getting into when we played McEachern. Their recruiting is not exactly a secret. We are still hoping the GHSA will crack down on them. Unfortunately, it won't help us much at this point, but it would be nice if the GHSA just did the right thing.
Blah Blah Blah
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February 27, 2014
“One team, one heart — that’s our motto,” Arthur said. “They’re feeding into that. It’s a family, and I appreciate so much how these girls have developed this season.”

Yeah, it's a recruited family from all over the stae of Georgia averaging over 90 in the State playoffs. That's normal and not suspicious at all.

Family??
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March 01, 2014
More like a dysfunctional family. that whole community must be screwed up. This is high school girls basketball, poeple. Everyone is covering for one another and what for? So a bunch of girls can win a trophy? My kid will never go to school there. That is disturbing. The adults involved should be ashamed.
shocked again
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February 27, 2014
This win is just sooooo hard to believe!?!? McEachern blowing out yet another team. Amazing talent in Powder Spgs..and ALLLLLL homegrown, too!
McCheaters
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February 27, 2014
McCheaters won again. They will win two more and then celebrate a state championship that should have never happened if the adults in charge of our athletic programs had of done the job that they are paid to do. This is truly unethical. Typical politics. People in power can do whatever they want and get away with it. Very very sad but very very true in todays society.
Mustard Seed!
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February 27, 2014
Final Four Bound! Great job lady indians!!! These haters cant hold us back!!!!
The Truth
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March 01, 2014
If you are going to reference the Bible, which by the way is horrible, let's be more apllicable:

James 4:17 - Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth [it] not, to him it is sin.

Proverbs 19:1 - Better [is] the poor that walketh in his integrity, than [he that is] perverse in his lips, and is a fool.

We can do this all day. And you are right, we haters can't hold a recruited all-star team back, but we sure can make sure everyone kows you cheated and make sure you pay for it later! Good luck tonight.

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