By Arvon Bacon / @network_bacon
(Mableton, Ga.) - East Coweta traveled to Cobb County Tuesday night with the opportunity to send a message around the state that the Indians are a program to reckon with.
The Lady Indians, who have won their last three games, have been recognized as a Top-10 team in 7A. The ladies of Pebblebrook have also had an exceptional season thus far with a record of 10-3 while also defeating fellow Coweta natives, Trinity Christian. However, the Coach Timmons-led team would not face the same fate, as they won convincingly 74-60, to remain undefeated in the region (2-0).
Forcing the 12 turnovers on the night and controlling the glass with a 49 to 37 rebound advantage, the Lady Indians had control of the contest from start to finish. They led the Lady Falcons by 24 in the fourth quarter. Experiencing foul trouble in the final frame, the Indians’ second group received a lot of minutes in the fourth quarter which will benefit them as they prime for a postseason push.
Tuianna Taggart led all scorers with 22 points and was 5-5 from the free-throw line. Amaya Walker followed close with 19 points, and Aaliyah Ferrell and Letiya Reeves combined for 18 points in the win.
After the game, Coach Timmons voiced how she felt about Tuesday night's victory as well as breaking loose from their early-season mantra of fighters to becoming winners.
"It feels good; the last three games, we competed with a different intensity. We have to take that next step, this week was good for us; we beat a good Marietta team, and now this win on the road. I feel like the tides are turning," said Coach Timmons. "I tell them I've been fighting for 45 years; I want to win," she added with a smile.
The boys' game was a highly anticipated matchup that lived up to its billing, featuring six of the top-ranked players in the state. Indians shooting guard Jordan Edun made his first return to the hardwood and had an exceptional return, recording 11 points, five rebounds, and two steals.
Coach Maxwell voiced his opinion the shooting guards return to action.
“He played well defensively, stopped the ball, and I feel like he’s a legitimate 6th man and will make this team better.”
However, his contributions would not be enough to edge out the # 2 ranked Pebblebrook team as the visiting Indians fell eight points shy of knocking them off, 73-65.
Despite the loss, Coach Maxwell voiced pride in his team.
"I am proud of this team; we made them adjust to our style," said Maxwell
However, over the course of the game we shot 65% for the free-throw line and we aim to shoot 80%, we do that, and we likely win the game," he added.
Senior forward Delricco Gillespie led the Indians with 15 points, nine rebounds, one block, and a steal. Austen Colton and Keldric Owens combined for 24 points, six assists, and 18 rebounds.
Upcoming, the Indians will have a quick turnaround. They will take on a region rival, Campbell, on Friday, followed by a back-to-back opportunity with the Northgate Vikings on Saturday. Jordan Edun makes his return to action Tuesday night against Pebblebrook. He finished with 11 points and two steals.Tuianna Taggart leaves the floor after scoring 22 points in the victory. Letiya Reeves (#11) looks for the open player on the post.Lady Indian Aaliyah Ferrell (#0) had nine points in the victory against Pebblebrook.