The East Coweta and Newnan basketball teams split their rivalry Friday night at Newnan with the Indians winning the boys game and the Lady Cougars taking the girls victory.
East Coweta 62, Newnan 49: (boys): The East Coweta Indians closed out their 2017-18 regular season with a victory over rival Newnan.
It was the Indians’ second victory this year against the Cougars. The win pushes East Coweta over the .500 mark and ends their regular season with a 13-12 overall record and a 3-7 record in Region 2-AAAAAAA action.
Newnan finished 6-18 overall, but was winless in Region 2-AAAAAAA, closing out league play with a 0-10 record.
“We knew this was going to be a hard-fought game,” said East Coweta head coach Royal Maxwell. “It’s a great rivalry, but we were using this game also to get better heading into the region tournament.”
East Coweta led 11-8 at the end of the first quarter and 24-21 at the break. Newnan cut East Coweta’s lead to 34-32 heading into the final period.
Newnan’s Luis Gonzalez kept the Cougars in the game with a pair of clutch 3-pointers in the third quarter. Both times his treys cut the East Coweta lead to two points.
East Coweta’s Fremandez Jones took over the game for the Indians in the fourth quarter. The junior point guard scored 20 points in the final eight minutes to help the Indians secure the victory.
Jones connected on three 3-pointers in the final quarter.
Chris Youngblood also hit a three-point shot for the Indians in the fourth quarter.
Newnan struggled to score points in the final period, hitting just two shots from the field.
Gonzalez’s third 3-pointer of the game cut the Indians’ lead to 42-37, but East Coweta closed out the contest with a 20-11 run.
East Coweta’s Jones led all scorers with 26 points. Youngblood and Derek Emery added 10 each.
Newnan was led by Tay Watson ‘s 15 points and Will Gates’ 12.
Newnan 78, East Coweta 35: The Newnan Lady Cougars fell behind 3-0 in the contest against their biggest rivals after East Coweta’s Mia Berry opened the game with a 3-point shot.
The Lady Indians didn’t keep the momentum for very long.
Newnan’s Janyah Stargell answered right back with her own trey, and from there the momentum belonged to the Lady Cougars who went on a 17-0 run and led 17-3 at the end of the first quarter.
Newnan hit just one shot from the field in the second quarter, but extended the lead to 28-11 at the half by hitting 7 of eight free throws..
The Lady Cougars pushed the lead to 52-24 at the end of the third quarter.
Both teams stepped it up in the third quarter with some clutch 3-point shooting.
Jekeria Strickland connected on two 3-pointers and Stargell and Kaylen Madry each hit one for the Lady Cougars.
Berry, Morgenroth, and Destini Benning each had a 3-pointer for the Lady Indians.
With the win, Newnan improved to 8-16 overall and 2-9 in Region 2-AAAAAAA play.
East Coweta fell to 6-18 and 0-11.
Newnan was led by Stargell’s 17 points and Strickland’s 13. Berry led East Coweta with 11.
“This was a really scrappy win for us,” said Newnan head coach LaVarrett Pearson. “I am proud of how hard we played.”
East Coweta host the first round of the Region 2-AAAAAAA Tournament with the girls games getting underway on Monday, followed by the boys on Tuesday.