By CHRIS GOLTERMANN, CowetaScore.com
Unlike most county rivalries, Coweta's three GHSA girls lacrosse coaching staffs have formed a unique bond in promoting the growth and success of the sport locally.
But right now, all three are centered on getting their players to the state playoffs.
East Coweta first-year head girls lacrosse John Perkerson couldn't be happier these days with the effort of his team, and a 10-5 victory over Area 2-6A/7A opponent North Atlanta on Tuesday at Garland Shoemake Stadium. berth. A loss to the Lady Cougars, however, both knocks ECHS from the postseason and helps Newnan's cause toward both regaining the Cup title from Northgate and making a run of its own.
East Coweta lost a threeway tie with Campbell and North Atlanta in last year's playoff race after all three schools finished at 3-3.
The 2018 schedule has followed a similar pattern as a year ago, with the Lady Indians falling early in the year to Campbell and then defeating North Atlanta, with the playoffs coming down again to a game against Newnan.
East Coweta kept its postseason hopes alive after dominating the second half against North Atlanta.
The Lady Indians outscored their opponents 8-3 in the final 25 minutes to break a tie game after halftime.
Senior Caitlyn Moore and sophomore Sarah McCollough each had three goals and junior Maura Ray netted a pair in the victory.
Sophomores Kaitlynn Alford and Hanna Miller also scored for East Coweta, which continued to buckle down defensively.
Lauren Chaves and Katie Morganroth helped lead the effort, with Chaves scooping up three ground balls and Morganroth adding an The victory was another feather in the cap of the Lady Indians, now 9-6 overall and 3-2 in area play.
While it guaranteed East Coweta's first-ever winning campaign in its 11th varsity season, Perkerson knows
there's a major goal still on the table for his team.
East Coweta now awaits a showdown with rival Newnan on April 27 at Drake Stadium as both rivals along with Northgate's girls continue to jockey for position among five schools for four state playoff berths in 2-6A/7A.
For the Lady Indians, the playoff scenario is simpler than for others. A win in their Coweta Cup finale gives East Coweta a playoff interception.
Chaves was notified this week that she was a winner of a 2017-18 Positive Athlete scholarship among girls lacrosse players in the West Georgia Regional.
The Lady Indians will get a chance to host Senior Night tonight against Southwest DeKalb in a late game added to the schedule when Eagles Landing had to cancel in order to make up an area contest.
Newnan's girls, who return to action on Wednesday at home against Carrollton in a non-region girls/ boys doubleheader, have three area games left starting with Friday's anticipated rematch with Northgate.
The annual clash between county rivals is a meeting between the only two programs that have won the Coweta Cup in its 10-year history.
The Lady Vikings have maintained the trophy the past four years while hoping to give head coach Shelly Langston a proper sendoff in her final season on the sidelines. Northgate would also repeat as Area 2-6A/7A champions with a win.
Despite a tough nonregion loss at Archer on Tuesday, the Lady Vikings remain in control of first place in 2-6A/7A at 4-0, with North Atlanta (4-2), Newnan (2-1), East Coweta (3-2), and Campbell (2-3) 2013. all giving chase.
Newnan's girls would also like to provide a fitting finale for longtime head coach Robert Skinner, who is expected to step away from coaching as he nears retirement.
With a win on Friday, the Lady Cougars can also take the first step toward reclaiming the trophy that goes to the winner of the annual three-game tournament for the first time since