McEachern runs through Marietta
by Zac Diodati
MDJ Sports Correspondent
February 19, 2014 04:00 AM | 2079 views | 21 21 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
McEachern’s Jada Lewis gets to the basket against Marietta on Monday. The Lady Indians won 59-39 to advance to today’s Region 4AAAAAA title game.
McEachern’s Jada Lewis gets to the basket against Marietta on Monday. The Lady Indians won 59-39 to advance to today’s Region 4AAAAAA title game.
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POWDER SPRINGS — McEachern is Georgia’s top-ranked team, and after a somewhat slow start, it proved it by dismissing Marietta 59-39 in the semifinals of Tuesday’s Region 4AAAAAA tournament on its home floor.

Coach Phyllis Arthur was pleased to have a victory, but still expects more from her squad.

“We were a little bit rusty at first,” Arthur said. “I knew we were going to be rusty because we haven’t played in 10 days, so we had to come and get the cobwebs out of our legs.”

McEachern’s “rusty start” was still good enough to build a 22-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Marietta did open the scoring, but the Lady Indians scored 12 unanswered points before Marietta’s next basket.

The Lady Indians led at half 40-17, with all five starters contributing to the scoring. Te’a Cooper led McEachern with 17 points and Taylor Gordon added 16.

The pace slowed in the third quarter, with Marietta outscoring McEachern 10-8 in the period. Asia Blu Wilson finished with a team-high 13 points.

Arthur pulled her starting lineup just before the 4-minute mark in the fourth quarter, with a lead in excess of 20 points.

With the victory, McEachern will take on fellow Powder Springs rival Hillgrove in the Region 4AAAAAA championship game today.

“Things worked out in our favor, and we just have to get ready to come back and play Hillgrove tomorrow and turn it up a notch,” Arthur said. “We’re always glad to play a rival in a big game. It’s a love-hate relationship we have with them, and we’re glad to be in it.”

Marietta will take on North Cobb for a chance at the region’s No. 3 seed in the state tournament. Coach Ken Sprague showed disappointment in the loss to McEachern, but is comfortable with his team going forward.

“We need to compete better,” he said. “We didn’t compete. We came out and looked at McEachern as something more than they are. I think the girls will respond though in (the next game) and we’ll be alright. I’m not worried about traveling in the first round (of the state tournament). If we do what we’re supposed to do, we should win in the first round.”
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McCheaters Win Again
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February 19, 2014
Oh what a surprise. McEachern won the region title. Who would have guessed when they beat everyone all year long by over 25 points. Glad I didn't waste my money going. Congratulations Omar Cooper. Make sure Coach Arthur gets you a trophy too!
What the?
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February 19, 2014
Anyone see the game tonight? what happened? Did McEachern sandbag it to keep the GHSA and Cobb off their back? Did Hillgrove just have an amazing game? Did the McEachern transfers make all the difference again?
Lose on Purpose
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February 19, 2014
I wonder if McEachern will lose this game on purpose just to keep attention off them so they can go get the real prize, the State tournament.
Jack Frost
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February 19, 2014
Cobb County, what is taking you so long? This crap has been going on since the summer. Surely you had enough time to look into it properly. Is the GHSA doing anything? Are you done? Have you spoken with the Kell coaches. The least you could do is have the MDJ write an article on the status of the investigation. By keeping quiet you make things looks very suspiscous.
Let's See!
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February 19, 2014
The McCheaters play HIllgrove tonight. The #1 vs. the #2. Coach Milan is a great coach with homegrown players and Coach Arthur is an average coach with recruited players. Who do you think will win?
Coach Quite
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February 19, 2014
Coach Arthur really shouldn't be interviewed for these articles anymore. Rusty? They were up 22-7 in the first quarter and there is a problem with that? I think most teams wish they were that rusty. That should tell you what she knows her team is capable of.
NW Cobb Attorney
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February 19, 2014
Let me shed some legal insight on this situation. Tracie Doe doesn't want to speak to the Kell coaches because everything they say will be a matter of public record. If there are legitimate, verifiable facts showing illegal recruiting occurred, Tracie Doe then has two choices: 1)she can do nothing in which she will be taking a very big risk that someone will find out she sat on information that was important to an investigation. or 2) she has to implement a punishment on McEachern or report it to the GHSA for them to implement it. Either way, McEachern will eventually will be found guilty if they speak with the Kell coaches.
Genius Here
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February 19, 2014
If Cobb just does the right thing, and they know what that is, everything will turn out fine for everyone. What has to be done is not fun or easy, but necessary and that is why they and the GHSA were put in the positions they are in and why they get paid more than the person who doesn't have to make the tough calls. Just talk to the Kell coaches, interview the right people, and then decide what is a fair punishment for McEachern. In the end, it is McEachern's basketball program that should be penalized because they had an illegally recruited player on their team who helped them win all their games this season. Make the tough call!
Cobb Parent
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February 19, 2014
Why is Cobb COunty not dealing with McEachern??? From everything I have heard they are guilty as all get out and there is proof to show it. This seems like an easy thing to do. Speak to the Kell coaches and discipline McEachern. not very difficult!
Cobb Dad
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February 19, 2014
They don't want o speak with the Kell coaches because then they will have to deal with McEachern. Why would they want to do that? It is eventually going to look bad for McEachern and Cobb County a little and they work for the county so that reflects on them. Plus many of them are friends with each other. In fact, if they just did what is right, they would look great and they wold earn a lot of respect from the community. Yes, Omar Cooper has proven to be illegally recruiting players. It can't be proven probably that Coach Arthur knew about it, but everyone knows she knows. At the very least she should have asked questions. It doesn't matter though. Omar is affiliated with McEachern and he did know exactly what he was doing so the program that benefitted fromhis intentional recruiting needs to be punished. The good thing here is that it won't affect any of the players and that is what is important. Them not having a region or state title will not hurt them one bit. All the stars will get scholarships anyway because of their AAU connections. Let them all keep playing but don't let them have the victories. The kids win but the program and coach lose and that is what is supposed to happen. It is also fair for the rest of the teams in the region who lost to a stacked team. Call the Kell coaches!!
Absolutely Right
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February 19, 2014
Cobb Dad is right on the money. Let's deal with the facts we do have. According to what is floating around out there, there is plenty of evidence to show undue influence. It sounds like the powers that be are trying to figure out a way to deal with this without taking away mCEachern's chances of another title. The problem with that though is it isn't right and it allows McEachern the opportunity to win several region and state champioships with their current recruits. That makes no sense and will only allow others in Cobb to start recruiting. If this is allowed with all the evidence against them, it basically allows everyone to recruit because most others will not be as obvoius as Mr. Cooper. Come on Doe. DO what is right and gain a favorable reputation from the people who matter, not the the people cheating.
Give me a Break
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February 19, 2014
I really hope Arthur gets nailed for this. She has allowed this to happen right under nose and is fine with it. I don't now how the woman sleeps at night. I guess all the titles help with that.
She Didn't Know
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February 19, 2014
Apparently she was unaware of any wrong doings. She must have just thought the Lord had answered every coach's prayer and He sent her a bunch of college players. Or she must have thought she was such an amazing coach that everyone wanted to play for her. No, it must have been because she is the best at getting players scholarships. No, just a bunch of random talented players got together and decided of all the schools to play for McEachern would the one. Or she just let Omar Cooper go recruit all the best players for her through his AOT team. Yeah, that is what happened.
Indian3333
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February 19, 2014
So McEachern is still getting away with it over in NW Cobb! Well, I guess the folks in Cobb have chosen to do things the hard way. Well, if nothing else, everyone will at least soon know what McEachern has done and allowed along with our leaders in Cobb. If nothing happens to them, then so be it, but at least everyone will know. I think we will all agree too that many more teams will be hitting the AAU circuit this Spring knowing they will have to in order to compete with the MCEachern's of the world.
Tough Luck
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February 19, 2014
Nice try Indain3333. I can't say you didn't try, but I am a little smarter than you apparently and know more people! See you in the Finals. Wait, you aren't going are you!
Indian3333
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February 19, 2014
Tough Luck, or should I say Omar, you may be more unethical but not smarter. Just because those around you are corrupt or scared doesn't mean you aren't a slug!
Tough Luck Again
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February 19, 2014
No, this is not Omar, but I am smarter than you. I know when I have lost. You just keep venting away in hopes that someone will notice. It has been several months already and nothing. You need help.
Still Here
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February 19, 2014
It isn't too late to talk to the Kell coaches. I am sure they would still love to tell you everything. Just pick up the phone and make it happen. We all know MCEachern is guilty as sin and unless you just don't want to deal with the issue, you will see that if you talk to them. Let's go Doe!!!
Old Fart
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February 19, 2014
You are right, it is never too late. Politicians in any position don't like negative publicity especially if they have slipped up somewhere. Keep plugging away and demanding your leaders do a thorough job and McEachern will have to be dealt with eventually. The longer it takes, the worse they will look so hopefully they will deal with it soon.
Kell Parent
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February 19, 2014
I hope McEachern is happy. If we still had Caliya we would have won our region. We still are going to state, but we should be better than we are. She didn't want to leave here until Coop and the McEachern people got in her head. I am shocked she got away with it but I can see why.
Yup!
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February 19, 2014
You definitely would have won your region. Caliya Robinson has been averaging ridiculous numbers for MCeachern in a much tougher region than the one you are in. She would be getting triple doubles at Kell. You got screwed, dude!
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