BY DOUG GORMAN
When the East Coweta boys basketball team takes the floor Friday night at home against Westlake High School in the Region 2 7A opener, they will have a chance to send a message to the rest of the league.
The Indians come into the contest with a 7-0 record and on a mission to show head coach Royal Maxwell has turned around the program with hard work and commitment from his players.
Maxwell is entering his fourth season at the helm of the Indians and each year the squad has gotten better.
The Indians won just five games in Maxwell’s first year using primarily freshman and sophomores, but have finished in double figures the last two seasons, going 14-12 in 2016-17 and 13-13 last season.
Fermandez Jones and Derrick Emory are among the players who have been with Maxwell from the beginning.
Four of the Indians’ seven wins have come by double figures.
The Indians also proved they could step out of state competition with a victory over Alabama state champion Carver, winning the game 68-60.
They take on a Westlake team that is 3-2. The Lions have lost three out of their last two games, including a 72-61 setback to defending GISA state champ Holy Spirit Prep.
Westlake also fell to McEachern 71-65.
The East Coweta girls come into the game against Westlake with a 1-6 record, while the Westlake girls are 2-0.
Northgate vs: Mays: With a 3-1 record, the Northgate Lady Vikings basketball team is off to one of its fast starts in recent history.
The Lady Vikings have posted a 76-65 victory over Pike County, a 64-15 win over Coretta Scott King and a most recently a 53-38 victory against South Paulding for their first Region 5 6A game.
The Lady Vikings’ only loss so far this season was a 63-21 setback to Mays in region competition.
Northgate has a quick chance at revenge as they face Mays at home tonight in a 6:00 p.m. tipoff.
Mays enters the game with a 1-1 record. It’s only loss was to Cherokee.
In boys action, Northgate has beaten Pike County and Business Engineering and Technology for its two victories.
They take on a Mays squad that enters the game with a victory over Columbus to open the season.
However, Mays has dropped three contest in a row including a Region 5 6A contest to New Manchester.
Tip off is set for 7:30 p.m.
On Thursday night, the Heritage boys hosted Trinity in a renewal of the rivalry.
It’s no longer a region contest since Trinity has joined the GHSA.
Details from the contest will appear on-line and in Sunday’s print edition.
Newnan at Central-Carroll: The Newnan boys basketball team head to Carrollton Friday night for a game against Central.
The Cougars enter the contest with a 2-2 record on the heels of 54-50 victory over Whitewater.
Newnan enters the game against Central on a two-game winning streak. In addition to the victory against the Wildcats, the Cougars also beat LaGrange.
Central comes into the contest with a 0-3 record.
In girls action, Newnan heads into the game against Central with a 2-3 record after falling to Whitewater.
Central’s girls come into the game with a 2-0 record.