Still On Top!

Pachiyaanna Roberts (#23), McEachern Lady Indians

I took the 1-hour trek to Powder Springs, GA on Tuesday to see the #1 ranked McEachern High School Lady Indians play the North Cobb Lady Warriors. I was slightly disappointed when I arrived. I learned that, the much acclaimed Kayla Montgomery was not scheduled to play due to injury. However, as I soon would discover, even without Montgomery the Lady Indians are a formidable team. I knew also that North Cobb had a good girls team, having seen them play at the Deep South Classic last month at Brookwood High School. So, would the absence of Montgomery be the deciding factor in the game?

The McEachern team is very discipline in their approach. Calculated passes, only shooting open jumpers, and not allowing easy baskets. Pachiyaanna Roberts quickly became the standout player for the Lady Indians, scoring when needed and making key defensive plays. However, North Cobb kept the game close, and made a dramatic push in the final minutes of the game. In fact, North Cobb had a real chance to pull-off the upset. But, the inside play of the McEachern girls was enough to tip the game in their favor. There were two things that struck me during this game: North Cobb’s lack of ball handlers, and McEachern’s inability to handle full-court pressure.

After now seeing both the Parkview High School Lady Panthers and McEachern High School Lady Indians, I would love to see these two teams play for the state championship. They have very similar styles and personnel. Defensively, I would give the edge to Parkview because of their speed and quickness. Offensively, it’s hard to call, since I don’t know how much better the Lady Indians will play with Montgomery in the lineup.  However, the way McEachern was rattled when strong defensive pressure was applied does give me pause. This is Parkview’s specialty, and could make the difference in the game. I can’t wait for the high school playoffs!

Pictures from this game are available for download here. Downloads are FREE, however, if you use images on school websites you must credit Ty Freeman Photography. Keep in mind that, these are LOW RESOLUTION images, not suitable for printing. If you need HIGH RESOLUTION images, contact me.

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