Lady Indians pull away for lopsided win
by Carlton D. White
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Taylor Gordon puts a shot up over Hillgrove’s Jaya Smith (13) on Friday. After a nip-and-tuck start to the battle of archrivals, the Lady Indians took charge in the second quarter.
<BR>Staff photo by Jeff Stanton
Taylor Gordon puts a shot up over Hillgrove’s Jaya Smith (13) on Friday. After a nip-and-tuck start to the battle of archrivals, the Lady Indians took charge in the second quarter.
Staff photo by Jeff Stanton
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POWDER SPRINGS — With the scored tied at 13-all, McEachern closed the final 5 minutes of the second quarter on a 22-5 run and never looked back Friday in downing archrival Hillgrove 69-43.

The margin remained in double figures the rest of the game and grew to as much as 24 points — 46-22 — with 5:11 left in the third quarter, following a layup from McEachern’s Te’a Cooper.

Cooper, who had 10 second-quarter points, connected on four 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 28 points to go with five rebounds and three assists. Jada Lewis added three 3s and contributed 16 points, two assists and three steals for McEachern (15-2, 10-0), which completed a season sweep of its Powder Springs neighbor.

Lewis and Cooper combined for 24 of the Lady Indians’ 35 first-half points.

“This is a rivalry game, but it’s a good rivalry for us,” McEachern coach Phyllis Arthur said. “We knew coming in that this would be a big test for us. I was worried about that and how we’d play. We struggled in the first quarter, but got things going in the second.”

After falling behind by 24, Hillgrove (18-3, 11-2) closed the gap to 48-30 by the end of the third quarter. Tene Thompson scored four of her seven points during the Lady Hawks’ 8-2 run.

McEachern connected on eight 3-pointers in the contest, including three in the final period, and took its biggest advantage of the game — 69-41 — following a layup from Lewis with 53 seconds left.

Caliya Robinson added a double-double with 10 points and a school-record 21 rebounds. She also had six assists and three steals.

“Caliya was excited all week to play this game,” Arthur said. “She played a great game against (Hillgrove’s) Mackenzie (Engram) and did what she had to within the game plan.”

The game plan was simple for McEachern, which outscored Hillgrove 21-13 in the fourth quarter. The Lady Indians played a 2-3 zone defense that limited Engram’s touches inside and forced her to play up from the baseline.

McEachern also double-teamed the Georgia-bound center, who had only 11 points to go with eight rebounds and two steals. Engram had five first-half points and didn’t score in the third period.

“We definitely wanted to double-team her, and the zone helped, too,” Arthur said. “We were a little sluggish all week in practice, but we responded (Friday). We played through some foul trouble and got some good help from our bench.”

Ja’lyn Reese collected 10 of her 13 points in the second half for Hillgrove. She also had seven rebounds.
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Undue Influence?
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February 10, 2014
For all your social media fans - you need to check out "realocoop" on Instagram or "OCOOP" on Twitter to see who runs the AOT Lady Indians. Arthur is a puppet for this "rapper". While you are at it check out the video and lyrics of "BRICK CITY DOPE BOY" by OCOOP. Everyone at McEachern knows what's going on - that's the sad truth!
Very Suspcious!
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January 28, 2014
What are the odds that both Cherokee County and Cobb County have complaints from schools regarding illegal players who played for Omar Cooper's AOT team and now play for McEachern??? What are the odds that both investigations found nothing apparently wrong with Mr. Cooper's recruiting techniques??? It seems like our school leaders have something in common...a tendency to not want to get involved and do what is right! This is getting sadder by the minute. I think some more digging is in order. I wonder if any others have filed complaints in other counties that have been ignored. In the meantime, I hope the GHSA talks to the Kell and Cherokee coaches to deal with this properly!
Snow Day
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January 28, 2014
Stuck in traffic and thought I would catch up on the news. What the heck is going at McEachern? Best I can tell from all this blogging it has nothing to do with the actual article. Sounds like McEachern has gotten into a bit of trouble. Has anything happened to them? I guess if it did it would probably be in the paper. Any updates would be appreciated.
Mr. Hooper
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January 28, 2014
Let's just all focus on our kids and play some ball. Stop hating on McEachern. They got a great team because they work hard and players want to be there. SO what if some of them were recruited. Every school recruits. What can you do at this point? The season is almost over so let them play.
CobbTaxPayer
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January 28, 2014
No Sir, every school does not recruit. "Everyone else is doing it" is not the lesson to teach children.
CobbTaxPayer
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January 28, 2014
I am hopeful that this issue is resolved and that the right thing is done. I commend everyone who has gone to the various websites and blogs and made their voices heard. It's sad because they were talented enough to compete for a title without being unethical. Indian fans, these are not "haters, daddy ballers or scrubs" but people that want their children done right by. I would hope you felt the same about your children. Come on GHSA we are counting on you!
Well Said
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January 28, 2014
Exactly. I am not a hater. I just play by the rules and try to teach my kids right from wrong, and that is tough to justify when those around them are cheating AND benefiting from it. People need to look at this from a non-basketball perspective and ask themselves what are our kids learning from this? That is the point of sports, isn't it? If we take away the state titles and win-loss records, this is simple to handle.
Hoops Guru
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January 28, 2014
The guy or gal who listed all the contacts above has the right idea. This blog won't get too much accomplished, but contacting the Superintendent and the GHSA should. Officals only react to the response of the public, otherwise they sit on their butts and do what THEY want to do. Enough about that though, what are everyone's predictions for Region playoffs. Too much negative talk and not enough basketball. Let's think optimistically and say McEachern does get reprimanded and can't participate. Who will be the top 4? I say Hillgrove first, Campbell 2nd, Harrison 3rd, and Marietta 4th.
Al Sharpton
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January 28, 2014
So what's going on CCobb and GHSA? Are we done with this McEachern investigation or not? Let us know if you speak with the Kell coaches.
Let's Not Call Al
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January 28, 2014
Give the GHSA a chance to do their job. This has drawn so much attention that they are sure to get involved. Be patient.
Anyone Notice?
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January 27, 2014
Has anyone else noticed how all of the McEachern bloggers have disappeared. I think that is because there was only one, Mr. Cooper, doing all the blogging and he is wetting his pants right about now. Actually, he probably thinks he is still going to get away with it. You guys should have listened to those bloggers months ago and turned yourselves in so you didn't have to forfeit the entire season. I hate all of this since I live in the community and it reflects poorly on us all, but at least I am happy that Hillgrove will be in first and Campbell will take second. That is what is fair and just for those programs who worked hard all season and played by the rules.
Cherokee Fan
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January 27, 2014
Hey GHSA. When you are done speaking with the Kell coaches, go talk to the other schools that Mr. Cooper has stolen players from. Once you discover the truth about the Kell girl you will see a pattern that I hope you will not ignore like so many others have. Always Do The Right Things and You Will Sleep Well At Night! Regardless Of The Outcome!
Ask him too
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January 28, 2014
Make sure that ghsa talks to coach cates from Cherokee. Word is that he and his ad turned information about Omar cooper recruiting the williams sisters to Cherokee county ad and they didn't want to push the issue. He has information as well. Please contact him
Nice to Know
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January 28, 2014
I will let Dr. Swearngin know, but if Coach Cates does what he should, he shouldn't have any trouble getting Dr. Swearngin's attention too.
MrMeToo
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January 26, 2014
The ironic thing about McEachern having all the transfers is that 2 girls left McEachern and transferred to Hillgrove but were ruled ineligible to play varsity basketball because Cobb Cty deemed the move strictly for basketball. Go figure. Cobb Cty and GHSA are the toothless, cowardly Lions. Every post and blog has close to 100 posts. Everyone is not telling the same lies. They should be renamed the AOT Lady Indians.
Did You Know This
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January 27, 2014
They were ruled ineligible because Jim Dorsey (MCEachern's Athletic director) would not sign off on the hardship paperwork. Their hardship was mental abuse from Coach Arthur.
Hold on Folks
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January 27, 2014
Don't bad mouth the GHSA yet. They haven't done anything wrong. Yes, Cobb decided not to interview the Kell coaches and tried to cover everything up, but the investigation is now back in the hands of the GHSA and it is rumored they will do the right thing and talk to the Kell coaches. I tend to think that is true because I doubt the GHSA wants to go down with this ship. I mean, right now, everyone in Cobb and most other parts of Georgia has heard about this. So, there aren't many choices here. The GHSA could decide to ignore the Kell coaches, but then they would look as bad a Cobb HR when this hits all the schools and media outlets. I also don't see any reason the GHSa would have to ignore this unless they too have ties to McEachern. either way, the truth is out and it all will be out soon enough.
That is Funny
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January 27, 2014
My daughter would agree with that! Coach Arthur is verbally abusive to all her players, but they don't have much choice other than to tolerate it because if they don't she has plenty of recruits to take their places. My daughter gave up the sport she loved because of that. I tried talking to Dorsey about it but he just defended his coworker. Not much I could do about it.
Not True
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January 28, 2014
Stop bashing Coach Arthur. My daughter has played for years and had no problems.She does seem to favor certain players, but it usually the ones who work hard, so what is wrong with that.
Adoption?
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January 26, 2014
So what exactly is the issue here? Is this girl using this AAU coach's house as her residence? It sounds like he couldn't have adopted her tat quickly so what is the story? OCuld he have been given some type of guardianship? Someone help me understand this.
MrMeToo
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January 26, 2014
I can't read the other comments
Indian 4 Life
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January 25, 2014
Leave my Indians alone!
Coach of The Year??
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January 25, 2014
“We definitely wanted to double-team her, and the zone helped, too,” Arthur said. Yeah, going with the zone is what did it. Great coaching. It had nothing to do with the illegal all-stars you have on your team. And because her team will finish in first she will be Coach of the Year. What a joke! How about Recruiter of the Year!

Consider This
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January 25, 2014
Cherokee High School went from number one in their region to 1-20 currently due to his players being recruited away from him by Omar Cooper and others. The coach of Cherokee will suffer his worst season ever because of this. Kell is currently in second in their sub-region, but would clearly be in first if Omar Cooper hadn't snatched Caliya Robinson away from them. Taylor Gordaon, who actually sat out a year after moving back to McEachern from N.Cobb, also played for Omar Cooper's AAU team. The North Cobb girls who are usually in contention for 1st or second are struggling in 5th place.What makes McEachern so special that Cobb County would allow them to hurt so many other players and programs???
Truly Disappointed
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January 25, 2014
If all of this chatter about McEachern and Cobb is true, and it seems as though it is, I have got to say that as a resident of Cobb I am shocked. How can you let a school get away with this? If adopting a player isn't undue influence than what is? I think the league has to have a serious discussion about dropping the rules altogether if this is how we handle these types of situations. Wheeler, McEachern, and a few others seem to be able to blatantly influence players through the AAU to come to their schools in the fall. Either enforce the rules or drop them.
Where's Hillgrove?
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January 25, 2014
I am just curious if Hillgrove parents or administration care about any of this or have done anything. I would think they are the ones who are the most affected by this since they are second place and would be hanging a banner on their wall if it wasn't for McEachern recruiting players. I guess if it doesn't bother Hillgrove then it shouldn't bother the rest of us. Play ball!
Who Cares
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January 25, 2014
Speak up people or else???? Please....there are more important issues in life people should be worried about other then high school sports. There are people who need jobs, people who are homeless, families looking for food, and the list goes on. Why hasn't anyone done anything about your allegations....maybe they have more important things to worry about. It's 10:00am Saturday morning and your post log is 6 hours ago....so what time did you get up to post your comments about a high school basketball game 4:00AM..get a life, it's not worth losing sleep over.
Cry Me a River
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January 26, 2014
Of course there are more important issues in life other than high school sports. That is what makes this so ridiculous. You got about dozen Cobb employees covering up a recruiting violation for a silly, women's basketball team that nobody cares about. Just penalize them and move on. What scares me about this is imagining what else Cobb is covering up if it is avoiding such a little thing like this.
GHSA Where R U?
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January 27, 2014
I am so sorry. I wish I had a typical 9 to 5 job like you princess, but I don't. I am one of those people who is grateful to have a job and does have more important things to be concerned with in my life like providing for my family. I am ablue collar worker and that is why I HATE CHEATERS!! I follow the rules and work my butt off and so should everybody else!
GHSA where R U?
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January 25, 2014
This is what some might call a RED FLAG!!! Why are there even rules in place??? If a booster for McEachern(OMAR COOPER)can over a two year period recruit Caliya Robinson from Kell and convince her to sign herself over to McEachern then what exactly IS undue influence??? Omar Cooper bought this girl gifts and, took her on college visits and paid cell phones all before he had custody of her and that isnt undue influence??? Tracie Doe the Area 5 superintendent conducted the investigation and didn't think it was necessary to interview the two Kell coaches who have first-hand knowledge of all the recruiting that took place? Yes people, Tracie Doe apparently called a few people and found that McEachern has done nothing wrong, but refused to contact the Kell coaches even know the Kell coaches wanted to be contacted. The public needs to demand that the GHSA and Cobb County speaks to Head Coach Craig Hines and his assistant Stan Oden. This is a sham!!! Who conducts an investigation and only questions those involved who have something to lose?? Next we will be just asking the kids if they cheated on a test and taking their word for it!! Let's look at who was contacted: 1) Kell Principal Ed Wagner and Assistant Principal Robert Horn-both of these men have a reason to be quiet and tell their coaches to be quiet because the word is they don't want the GHSA to look at their football program that has illegal players on it 2) Omar Cooper-does anyone really think he would tell the truth about anything if questioned? 3) The administration and coach at McEachern-again, what reason would McEachern have to turn itself in. They are almost guaranteed to give up a state title if they confess now. Looks like they will get away with it to since nobody has the coconuts to speak up 4)Caliya Robinson's aunt and mother. Of course by the time they were contacted by Tracie Doe, they had already been contacted by Omar Cooper telling them it would be in Caliya's best interest if they kept their mouths shut. So, does this sounds like a thorough investigation to anyone?? It doesn't to me! WHY WEREN"T THE KELL COACHES INTERVIEWED BY TRACIE DOE!!! What ahrn would it have done to speak with them?? The only reason you wouldn't talk to them is because you know you will then have to deal with it. It is time to start emailing your officials people so that our county athletics stay intact and our athletes learn how to compete with integrity. We tried to go through the proper channels, but the system has failed. Speak up people or else all schools will soon be doing the same thing McEachern has been doing:

1) Brad Wheeler-McEachern District Board Member-

bwheeler.boardmember@cobbk12.org

2) Tracie Doe-McEachern Area Superintendent-TRACIE.DOE@cobbk12.org

3) Michael Hinojosa-Superintendent-Michael.Hinojosa@cobbk12.org

4) Ralph Swearngin-GHSA President-

res@ghsa.net

5) Ernie Yarbrough-Compliance

ery@ghsa.net

This is not hard, people. Get on your email, copy, paste, ask how an investigation could be handled like this and why we still can't speak with the Kell coaches, and then hit send.



Motivation
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January 25, 2014
Get over it. Go Indians!!
Cobb Parent
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January 25, 2014
As a parent in the Cobb community having had several children play sports, this is extremely disturbing. I don't know how of this is true, but if even a little of it is, someone needs to be held accountable! It also seems to make sense to just speak with the Kell coaches if this is the case. I don't see what harm that could cause to talk with two more people.
Hillgrove Dad
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January 25, 2014
It is funny, I was actually speaking with one of my friends at the Hillgrove game last night and even he will acknowledge that they are guilty of recruiting. His daughter doesn't play as much as she could've if those girls didn't move in, but he says the problem is they all know that if they speak up it will be held against them by their coach. Until enough people contact their leaders, they won't think it is important enough to deal with.
Persistence
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January 25, 2014
I have got to give you folks out there a lot of credit. You really have stuck with this. Sorry to hear it hasn't worked out to well and that the GHSA and Cobb dropped the ball but maybe now that people see how things were handled they will be more inclined to speak up and call the people you listed. This issue of recruiting seems to be one that has gotten out of control and it would be nice if someone would put an end to it.Good Luck!
JoshQ
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January 25, 2014
Do you not understand that to receive legal custody of a minor it takes a Superior Court Judge to conduct a hearing with all parties involved under oath to appear and prove cause for a custody change. Once that is granted by this judge then receiving party has same rights as former parents. This process takes time and is very expensive.

Do you really think a Superior Court Judge gives a flip about basketball in granting this!!!

Get a life!!
Brian J.
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January 26, 2014
Then what you are saying is she is living with Omar Cooper and he doesn't even have custody of her. The custody isn't the issue. Why she is playing for McEachern is. Nobody gives a flip if she was adopted or not.
More to it
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January 27, 2014
There is so much more to this that you know I bet. Do you really think CCSD can overrule a a custody granted by a judge? And how are YOU involved in this and why should you have this info?

Let people do the job they have, let GHSA do their job.....if it is not you child why are you so involved?
Brian J.
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January 27, 2014
More to It, are you talking to me? What are you talking about? How do you know what I know? Who said anything about a judge overruling anything?? Cobb doesn't need to overrule any custody. Of course, I think Mr. Cooper will probably give it up pretty quickly here soon when he finds out his new daughter, Caliya is ineligible. How am I involved? You should be asking how WE are involved. Their are a number of people who have decided they are tired of McEachern cheating and other covering for them and we are putting the integrity back in women's basketball. That is our involvement!
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