By Taylor Robins: Taylor@newnan.com
Both East Coweta basketball squads held their own in the first quarter, but the Indians were not able to defend their home court in the Region 2-AAAAAAA game on Friday, and were swept by Wheeler.
Wildcats 77, Indians 54
After halftime, Wheeler (11-4, 5-1) came back with a charged-up offense, going from a 12-point lead to a 25-point lead that would be maintained until the end of the game.
Austin Johnson gave the crowd a show with three dunks in the frame.
Along with the visiting team’s offense, the tension seemed to rev up as well.
One situation ended with a technical being called on both teams, resulting in two free throw shots for both the Indians’ Brandon Stroud and Wildcats’ Brandon Younger.
East Coweta’s Reynolds shined in the third, sinking seven points. The Indians scored 16 points in the frame.
In the final quarter, both teams combined to shoot 11 free throws.
At the free throw line, East Coweta went 16 for 29 for the game, while Wheeler went 14 for 26.
If a dunk could be graceful, the Wildcats’ EJ Montgomery sure mastered it, as he started of the game with one in the first seven seconds.
The first period was tension filled as the Wildcats found it hard to maintain their early 10-point lead.
At the 4:02 mark in the first quarter, East Coweta received a technical foul and Isaac Martin was sent to the free throw line where he went 1 for 2.
Going into the second quarter, Wheeler led 16-12. However, the Indians allowed the Wildcats to expand the gap by 12 points going into halftime.
Fermandez Jones (14 points) and Reynolds (12 points) led in scoring for East Coweta.
For the visiting team, Jaire Eastmond and Johnson both sunk 17 points.
Lady Wildcats 62, Lady Indians 22
The Lady Wildcats’ ability to put the ball through the net caused problems for the Lady Indians, who fell behind early against visiting Wheeler.
Wheeler took control of the contest in the first half, building a 42-13 lead at the break.
After sticking close to Wheeler (13-6, 4-3) in the first quarter, the Lady Indians’ (5-13, 0-5) offense went flat.
After a 3-pointer from London Fowler at the 7:27 mark, East Coweta’s offense hit a drought.
Meanwhile, the Lady Wildcats doubled their points, Armani Smith secured a 20-point lead for the visiting team 2:27 before halftime. Yazz Wazeerud-Din hit two back-to-back 3-pointers at the start of the second quarter.
Destini Benning led the home team in scoring with six points, while Wazeerud-Din (18 points), Alyssa Barnes (12 points) and Smith (15 points) led the Lady Wildcats.
Half of Wazeerud-Din’s points came from 3-pointers. She also went 6 for 6 at the free throw line. Wheeler finished 13 for 22 the free throw line, while the Lady Indians struggled at the free throw line, finishing 1 of 8.