The Lady Indians trounced upstart South Forsyth in the Class AAAAAA semifinals at Georgia Tech’s McCamish Pavilion, winning 64-27.
McEachern (27-2) came into the game having averaged 93.3 points in the playoffs, including 104 — a state record for most points in girls playoff game — in a first-round romp of Rockdale County.
Now, the Lady Indians will have perhaps their biggest test of the year in Archer, for next Saturday’s championship game at the Macon Centreplex.
After South Forsyth center Ashley Hannan scored the first bucket of the game, McEachern responded with a 23-3 run to end the first quarter.
Despite the game getting out of hand in a heartbeat, Lady Indians coach Phyllis Arthur took note of her team’s attention to detail throughout the rest of the game.
“You can’t ask for any better contributions,” she said. “They were focused. There wasn’t any joking around. They were serious and had their game face on.”
Junior Te’a Cooper, playing in an arena she’ll visit often in the future as a North Carolina commitment, led the Lady Indians with 18 points.
Taylor Gordon started the scoring barrage for the Indians, compiling 11 of her 15 points in the first quarter of play. McEachern’s towering forward, Caliya Robinson, added 14, including two 3-pointers to start her scoring efforts. She also had four blocks.
Hannan spent a majority of the game on the bench in foul trouble, and the Lady Indians managed to contain South Forsyth’s best scorer, Sarah Myers, holding her to just 12 points.
Arthur explained what the dominating effort in a semifinal contest said about her program.
“It just says that we work hard every day,” she said. “Our practices are strenuous, and we’re always working.”
McEachern led 37-15 at halftime, and led as much as 50-19 in the fourth quarter. Aunesha Williams added eight points, while Jada Lewis had five and Declaria Daniels scored late for her lone basket.
After playing four games in eight days, McEachern will get a week off before the championship.
“It’s good that we get a week off. Our team has been playing a lot of ball lately,” Arthur said. “With the snow, we played six games in seven days, so we’re playing a lot of ball. It’s going to be good for them to get that rest.”
McEachern’s next opponent, Archer, beat Lowndes 78-67 in the earlier semifinal matchup. The Lady Tigers are 29-3, with two of their losses — like McEachern — coming in out-of-state showcases.
“They’re quick, they’re big, they’re strong and they can rebound,” Arthur said. “We’ve got to work on boxing out.”