On Wednesday, however, the Lady Indians made certain the rematch went their way as they took a 55 43 victory in the season opener for both teams, as part of the Lady Blue Devils Tip Off Classic.
Wilson also shot 5 of 6 from the free throw line and had two rebounds. Cooper finished the game with five assists, five rebounds and four steals, while Pachiyaanna Roberts contributed a double double with 19 points and a game high 12 rebounds.
McEachern, which connected on 20 of 25 free throws in the game, went 7 of 10 over the final 2:13. It outscored the Lady Blue Devils 23 8 in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
"They're seniors, and when the game is on the line, we expect them to step up," Arthur said of the play of Wilson and Roberts in the fourth quarter. "Overall, I think the team did a good job, but it's early and we still have a way to go. One win doesn't make a season. We just have to get ready for the next game."
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LadyIndians exact revenge on Norcross
NORCROSS McEachern didn't get the result it wanted when it faced Norcross for the Class AAAAA state championship last season.
Wilson's 3s put McEachern in front 44 40, and steals from Te'A Cooper led to layups by Destinie Gibbs and Wilson as the Lady Indians went ahead 48 40 with 2:48 left.
a layup with 5:28 on the clock. But Dominique Wilson, who scored 11 of her game high 24 points in the fourth quarter, made the first of two consecutive 3 pointers to give the Lady Indians a lead they would not relinquish.
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Shayla Cooper finished with seven points, eight rebounds and two steals for Norcross, while Jasmine Kemp had six points and three boards. Tori Carter added five points and two assists.
Diamond DeShields, who led Norcross with 21 points and added seven rebounds and two steals, scored 10 of her 12 first half points in the second quarter. The Lady Blue Devils outscored McEachern 14 5 in the frame, taking a 24 20 halftime advantage.
to remember that we're awesome, too. For us, this game was more of a measuring stick. They're still the two time defending state champions, so it was important for us to play our game and find out what we need to work on and capitalize on the things we do well."
"Coming into this, I really wanted the girls to know that this game was not about revenge for last year," McEachern coach Phyllis Arthur said. "We came to play the game, not to play Norcross.
McEachern trailed 26 24 early in the third quarter, but retook the lead 30 26 after Wilson and Mia Cooper combined on a 6 0 run. Norcross, however, closed the period on a 9 2 spurt, capped by a layup from Patrice Butler, to stake Air Force 1 High White Gum a 35 32 margin entering the fourth quarter.
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half points, added seven in the fourth quarter and made all 11 of her free throw attempts. Gibbs totaled five points and Kayla Montgomery chipped in four points, three rebounds, four steals and two blocks.
With the score tied at 8 all in the first quarter, a jumper from Roberts ignited a 7 2 McEachern run as the Lady Indians led 15 10 at the end of the frame.
There were two ties and three lead changes over the first 2 minutes of the final quarter when Norcross took its lead at 40 38 with 5:28 left in the game.
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