Lady Indians show signs of the past in lopsided win over archrival
by Adam Carrington
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McEachern’s Caliya Robinson shoots a jumper over Hillgrove’s Zarriah Pierce (10) and Mackenzie Engram in Tuesday’s battle of Powder Springs rivals. After losing both of their regular-season meetings with the Lady Hawks last season, the Lady Indians got back in the rivalry’s win column in a big way.
<BR>Staff photo by Kelly J. Huff
McEachern’s Caliya Robinson shoots a jumper over Hillgrove’s Zarriah Pierce (10) and Mackenzie Engram in Tuesday’s battle of Powder Springs rivals. After losing both of their regular-season meetings with the Lady Hawks last season, the Lady Indians got back in the rivalry’s win column in a big way.
Staff photo by Kelly J. Huff
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POWDER SPRINGS — McEachern won’t have a perfect record this season, but this year’s squad is showing signs of the undefeated team that won a state championship two years ago.

The visiting Lady Indians pushed the ball effectively against Hillgrove on Tuesday night and shot 53 percent from the field to overwhelm their Powder Springs rival 71-34 in a Region 4AAAAAA game.

Point guard Te’a Cooper, a junior who has committed to North Carolina, led McEachern (5-1, 3-0) with 26 points, going 13-for-18 from the field. Taylor Gordon added 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Kell transfer Caliya Robinson scored 13 points and grabbed 11 boards.

The Lady Indians were also successful in slowing down Hillgrove’s Mackenzie Engram. The Georgia signee was held to 14 points and seven rebounds.

“We’ve talked about (Hillgrove) all week. They’ve always been a good team,” McEachern coach Phyllis Arthur said. “We knew we had to contain Mackenzie and their offensive rebounds. We were ready to play (Tuesday). That’s the best part of it. We got to stop them from scoring, and we got to score.”

McEachern had the edge after losing both of its regular-season meetings with its neighboring rival last season.

Hillgrove (7-2, 4-1) outrebounded McEachern, but most of the rebounds came from the offensive end, as a result of missed shots. The Lady Hawks shot just 22 percent in the first half, and they didn’t do much better in the second half, raising it to 29 percent.

Although the teams were relatively close in turnovers in the first half, the Lady Indians took advantage of most of theirs.

An early seven-point run by McEachern set the tone after the teams traded buckets to begin the game. The run started with a 3-pointer from Gordon. Cooper followed with a jumper and a layup off a steal.

A 3-pointer by Jada Lewis midway through the second quarter put McEachern in front by 14, and Hillgrove never cut into the lead.

“We knew they would try to run the ball,” Hillgrove coach Susan Milam said. “They like the run-and-gun, and we were trying not to let them beat us down the court, and they did that quite often. We were hoping that our press would slow them down, but you have to give them credit.”

After leading by 17 points at the half, McEachern forced six third-quarter turnovers.

McEachern never let up during the second half, coming out of the break with a 10-2 run. The Lady Indians went on to outscore the Lady Hawks 16-8 in the third quarter and 21-9 in the fourth.

“This is one of the best games we’ve played all season,” Arthur said. “We need to go out and play the best game we’ve played yet, but we still got a lot of room to improve.”

BOYS BASKETBALL

Hillgrove 51, McEachern 47:
B.J. Brown made three 3-pointers in the third quarter to give the Hawks a boost against their Powder Springs rival after trailing by one at the half.

Hillgrove (5-2, 3-2 Region 4AAAAAA) also shot 5-of-5 from the free-throw line in the third.

That was enough to give the Hawks a six-point lead, as they also got some late stops after McEachern cut the lead to 42-41 and made their free throws down the stretch.

Brown ended up with 20 points for Hillgrove, and Kyle Castlin had 15.

Logan McIntosh led McEachern with 18 points, and Freddie Brown had 14.

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Another blow out
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December 17, 2013
Why did the MDJ chose to not report the score in the paper today? Is it because it was yet another blow out by the Lady Indians? 30 points that could have been 50 or more if the players had put forth a good effort. Ok Indians you got another win. Good for you? Good for the team? Good for girls basketball?
Phil Jackson
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December 16, 2013
Ya'll are crazy. You wouldn't be complaining if these players wanted to come to your school. What is MCeachern supposed to do, tell these players not to transfer? No other coach would do that and niether would Coach Arthur. Leave her alone and go recruit your own players. If they are recruitin like everyone says, then it must be okay because they aint got in any trouble. So, either start recruiting your own players or shut up!
Coach Responsibility
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December 16, 2013
Its a sad state of affairs when parents live their athletic dreams though their kids. This story has been the talk all through the end of Fall league play until now, halfway though the season. I absolutely love watching girls HS basketball, and it saddens me to think that at the bottom of all this nonsense, are teenage girls who will later in life have either A- learned that cheating is OK, or B- have their High School experience tarnished by unscrupulous parents and coaches. Again, we seem to forget all about the teenage girls in this equation. Cobb CO Admin as well as Cobb Co Coaches should be actively involved in doing what's best for these kids. As much as this has been talked about here and in all the gyms this summer, Cobb Co and the Coaches in the know should have taken care of it prior to now. These coaches have as much influence if not more than parents have on these girls. You see the girls on the court take on the attitude and personality of their coaches. In a lot of cases that is a good thing where the coach is a positive influence, and they learn the great life lessons that sports offer. I have also seen other cases first hand where girls were just kids having fun on the court as middle school players, to being poor sports with no respect for refs, other players or coaches in High School, because of the behavior of their coach.

Everybody seems to know what's going on, coaches included, but it took 2 newspaper articles to get people to step up, why? Is it the coaching fraternity, or is it that they may have dirt on themselves or in their schools other teams as well? I would say that it is both.

C'mon Cobb County Admin and Coaches, Step up!
New Cobb Coach
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December 16, 2013
I was told that the GHSA was told about the Kell girl being illegally recruited and their solution was to allow the Kell girl to come back to Kell without penalty. Now I think that is great, but the fact that they offered that tells me that they knew there was undue influence. So, the fact that she still went to McEachern does not mean the rules weren't broken.Not sure if you new that little detail Cobb HR, but now you do. Ya may want to speak with Kell principal and do the right thing quickly so you don't get caught in cover up! I for one will not let this go away. Just sayin!
Old Coach
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December 16, 2013
Nothing will happen to McEachern folks, so stop wasting your time posting comments. This was even brought up at our last region meeting and it was proposed that the recruiting and undue influence rules be removed so we all can recruit, but nothing ever happened. The GHSA and our area reps don't want to offend anyone because they are all friends with one another and scratch each others backs. Coach Arthur is just smarter than the rest of us because she knows she can get away with it.
Blue Devil Dad
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December 16, 2013
I don't want to speak for our coach because he will probably comment himself but I think this is garbage and can't believe nothing is happened to them over the years. This isn't a new recruiting problem. They have been doing it for a while now. I think everyone has just gotten use to being beaten by them that they don't feel anything can be done. It makes me sick though every time we play them. The sad thing is we almost beat them because their coach sucks! Just sayin.
Coach in the South
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December 16, 2013
I am not in the same league as McEachern and I wouldn't want to be. I always want to play the best and challenge my players, but I can't tolerate cheating. I work hard each year with the players I have and try to develop them the best I can. Some years we have a talented group and can go to State and some years we can't. There is really no way in today's competitive environment that any team should be able to advance to the final rounds of the State tournament unless they are recruiting. I know the coaches in that league can't do anything until McEachern is found guilty, but once they are, I wouldn't play them if it were up to me.
#1 Cobb Coach
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December 16, 2013
I will tell you what I think. I think the whole thing is a disgrace. It makes our league a joke, it makes Cobb County look pathetic, and it only hurts the kids. Do you know how hard it is to motivate a team when they know what they are going up against. Sure, I believe we always have a chance to win and can give a great pregame speech. My players aren't stupid though. They play against their friends in the off-season and they know the cheating that is taking place. I hate to say it, but the players have gotten use to the cheating and don't believe anything will ever happen. They even ask me why I don't recruit. The whole thing makes me sick and ashamed to be a coach in a county that is more concerned with politics than it is with enforcing the rules it has in place. I know I am being presumptuous because the investigation has just started, but I just don't have much confidence in our leaders.
Cobb Coaches
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December 15, 2013
I am just a little curious what the coaches think about this. The coaches know each other and many of them have been playing each other for years. Do you think McEachern is doing anything wrong or is everyone on this blog blowing things out of proportion? If they are cheating, are the coaches planning to do anything about it? Can you do anything about it? I would like some input from those who actually know what is going on.
Integrity Team
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December 15, 2013
I heard that HR kicks the investigation back to the McEachern principal to handle. Anyone know if this is true because if it is, that might be the biggest conflict of interest I have ever heard of. MDJ, I hope you will get involved in this a little to keep folks honest. First Steve Jones (a former McEachern guy) gets a complaint and then sends it to Cobb HR. If Cobb then has McEachern take care of it, I don't see how that will solve anything! Who speaks to the witnesses (Family, Kell Coaches, Kell Principal), McEachern or Cobb HR? Let's make sure this is handled properly folks!!!
KM MoM
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December 13, 2013
Grove dad, you started off good, but then lost your mind again. I do know they cheated and many others do too because I have heard it first hand from the player, her family and the Kell coaches. All I am trying to do is make everyone aware of it because for some reason nobody wants to enforce the rules. Well, I for one don't enjoy watching my daughter or anyone else for that matter lose by 40 to a team that is made up of recruited players. The rules are very clear on undue influence. You may not like them but McEachern does have to follow them and I am sad to say that they will take their lumps for it. There is no doubt about it at this point. As for Kell, well maybe they need to be investigated too. Just because they cheat doesn't mean it is right. The counties need to do a better job enforcing the rules or getting rid of them because the GHSA is too small to monitor everyone.
Act Now
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December 13, 2013
The investigation needs to occur now and not be delayed for weeks by the holiday break. It is one thing to have McEachern forfeit games after the season, but that doesn't make it fair to the teams playing them this season or those who would be eligible to move on in post season play. You can strip titles after the fact but that doesn't provide the other teams with a chance to compete this season.
Cobb Coach
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December 16, 2013
Unfortunately, Cobb will try to either delay the process so McEachern can win their State title and then come up with some insufficient penalty for next season after the fact. Or they will deal with it quickly and still apply a petty penalty. Either way, Cobb will screw this up like they did the budget. Remember, this is a government agency! They will somehow find a way to screw up a simple problem and then make an excuse that points the finger at someone else. We are not dealing with people who have any guts. They care about themselves and not the people they are supposed to represent.
Cheating??
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December 13, 2013
It's funny how the Kell community wants to accuse us of recruiting when half of their playmakers on the football team were recruited. They make the final 4 in football and a large portion of their playmakers from the past several years have transferred from other schools or were even living in other districts. Look it up and see for yourself but yal don't want to talk about that??
Integrity Team
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December 13, 2013
Maybe Kell needs to be looked at too, but for right now, let's focus on McEachern. I give the Kell coaches a lot of credit for speaking up when nobody else wants to. It is nice to know we have professionals that still care about the kids and the integrity of the game. If the football team is breaking the rules, well then they will be investigated next.
Powder Spring Parent
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December 13, 2013
Really @ Test Scores??!! Most of our students aren't prepared for college?? You have no clue about the culture or the environment that the administration and coaches have established @ McEachern. A schools success and student achievement isn't based on test scores. SAT scores aren't a real measuring stick. There is a method and certain strategies that are used when taking these tests and a large portion of our kids cant afford to be exposed to those specialized classes bc of cost. School achievement should be based on AP courses that are offered and the # of students taking higher level classes. Give your opinion on recruiting but don't disrespect our teachers and students. Our kids are just as prepared if not more bc of the culture and climate of the school. Our kids are exposed to a more real world environment
Just Curious
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December 13, 2013
What exactly makes McEachern more of a real world environment, its cheating? I agree. The world is full of dishonest people who will cheat to get ahead. It is also full of honest hard working people and although we usually hear about the cheaters, we don't have to accept it. McEachern is cheating and they will pay for it I am sure unless the politics win out and the people in Cobb Schools are scared of a little negative attention they might get for having a Cobb school that has broken some rules. Time will tell what they are made of!
Money Money
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December 14, 2013
Maybe McEachern should use that of that money and help students do better on test scores instead of spending millions on athletic facilities. That would be exposure worth wild.
LifeJennings
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December 13, 2013
The "transferring for exposure" angle is just silly and anyone who knows the basketball landscape should understand that a Boo Wms or Deep South or Bayou or Michael T White tournament will have 100's of college scouts in one setting. I have seen girls get offers from 6 minutes of play due to the environment of competition in AAU. Do you really think smashing undermanned teams by 50 is what the colleges want to see? No. Those girls were already Top 100 or better before they ever stepped foot at McEachern. Some made final cut of Olympic team. How much more exposure do you think they need to get a scholarship? Come on people. This is not about hating or sour grapes, it's about breaking rules and putting more focus on bball than academics. You can get all the exposure you want but if you don't graduate, score well on SAT and qualify to get into college, what difference does the exposure make?
I Agree
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December 13, 2013
You are right, LifeJennings. I don't think their academics are that bad at McEachern but there are definitely schools that are better. We all know this has nothing to do with anything other than trying to win a State Title no matter what it takes. McEachern kids don't work harder,their coach isn't better, the school is pretty nice, but the fact is they are breaking the rules and nothing said on this blig matters. What will matter is what Cobb Schools decides to do about it. I know they better do the right thing though because if they don't the media will have a field day!!!
Always Honest
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December 13, 2013
Just play by the rules people. Just because you cheat and then win doesn't make cheating okay. Just because you cheat on your spouse and don't get caught doesn't mean you aren't a cheater. Just because you win with all-stars doesn't make you a good coach. It doesn't make your school better at getting kids scholarships. test scores have nothing to do with this article. These players are good enough to get scholarships without the help of Cooper or Arthur and will get scholarships at any school because they re gifted and they work hard. All they have to do is play a little AAU ball and a coach will see them. Stop making excuses and trying to justify your cheating.
Word on the Street
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December 13, 2013
Kell Dad, word on the street is the people investigating this will be contacting the Kell coaches, so that should take care of everything. They should also contact Coach Cates in Cherokee because that guy Cooper apparently did the dame thing to his players this summer.
AlwaysandIndian
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December 13, 2013
I love how everyone is always hating on McEachern. There is a reason for that people! We are just that good. Enough said! Have a happy day!!
McCheater
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December 13, 2013
Spoken like a cheater. Its all good if you don't get caught, right. Well, you have been caught! I wonder what punishment the county will come up with? Hopefully, they will forfeit every game because cheaters don't deserve anything!
Test Scores
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December 13, 2013
Good Academics. You got to be kidding me. McEachern has some of the lowest tests scores in the county. What a joke? Most of those students are not even close to being prepared for college.
Thank you!
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December 13, 2013
Exactly! The academics at McEachern are no better than Kell's. The coach at Mceachern is no better than at Kell. So why did the player from Kell want to go to McEachern??? Duh! Because Mr. Cooper is a salemen and made her and her family think it would be better for her and she would get more exposure. The sad thing is she is going to get a lot of negative exposure pretty soon and all of her so-called friends at McEachern aren't doing a thing about it.
Cobb Parent
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December 12, 2013
As a parent you want to place your child in the best possible position to excel. McEachern offers a diverse student and teacher population (that most cobb schools can't offer), good academics, great coaching, awesome facilities and sport performance training that they can't get anywhere else. It's a win-win for any parent who wants their kid to play for a winner and get a quality education in a real world environment. These kids work harder than anybody in the county!!
Cobb Parent Also
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December 12, 2013
So why then if McEachern offers all of this do they have to go out and recruit players. The players and their parents should be forming a line at McEachern. All Cobb schools offer a diverse population except for maybe Harrison which is probably 90% causcasian. How do you know they work harder than anyone in the county? You don't! They aren't better because they work harder, they are better because they recruit.
Another Cobb Parent
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December 13, 2013
All Cobb Schools offer a diverse population?? I think your definition of diversity is quite different from mine.
Very Funny
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December 13, 2013
You right Cobb Parent, someone's idea of diversity is messed up. Harrison is mostly white and so are a few others like Walton,KM, LAssiter. There are also a lot of schools with mostly black students. I think that mostly has to do with economics though. Certain people can only afford to live on certain places unless they want to live in an apartment. Of course Harrison is a tough place to get into cuz they don't have any apartments and they have some districting issues that allow them to keep poor families out of the area. Either way, the diversity could be much better. I feel the best schools have a good mix of all poeples.
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