The Auburn High School girls basketball team built a big lead early against East Coweta on Thursday in the second day of the Total Wireless Holiday Classic at Newnan and turned it into a 56-38 win.
With the loss, East Coweta’s record drops to 5-9.
Auburn scored the first basket of the game before the Lady Indians’ London Fowler tied the contest at 2-all.
The Lady Tigers didn’t let East Coweta keep the momentum for long.
Auburn went on a 10-0 run, getting back-to-back baskets from Shaniya Holley during the scoring spurt and helping the Lady Tigers pull out to a 12-2 lead.
Moesha Martin broke the scoring drought for East Coweta, but Auburn led 15-6 at the end of the first quarter.
East Coweta grabbed some momentum minutes into the second quarter.
A 3-point shot by London Fowler and a basket by Desya Johnson cut the Auburn lead to 15-11.
Auburn, however, answered right back after Holley was fouled while attempting a 3-point shot.
The Lady Tigers’ junior guard stepped to the line and drilled all three free throw attempts for an 18-11 lead.
From there, Auburn closed out the first half on a 10-4 spurt and took a 28-15 lead into the second half.
Auburn increased the lead to 43-29 at the end of the third period after its defense held the Lady Indians to just four shots from the field.
However, two of the shots came from long-range as East Coweta’s Destini Benning and Haley Davis hit 3-point shots.
Auburn put the game away at the free throw line in the fourth quarter, finishing five of six.
Auburn’s Holley led all scorers with 21 points. The Lady Tigers’ Olivia Porter added 17.
Porter had the hot hand for the Lady Tigers in the fourth quarter, scoring seven points, including connecting on all three of her free throw attempts.
For the second day in a row, Fowler finished as the leading scorer for East Coweta with 13 points.
Johnson added eight, including six in the second quarter.
The three-day tournament concludes at Newnan High School today with East Coweta taking on North Clayton at 3 p.m. and and Auburn taking on Newnan at 6.
After today’s final tournament game, East Coweta returns to action a week from Saturday at home against Callaway in a non-region contest.
The Lady Indians return to Region 2-AAAAAAA action at Campbell on Tuesday, Jan. 9.