Amber Reeves scored 14 of her game-high 21 points in the second half and made the game-winning free throw with 4.5 seconds remaining as sixth-ranked North Cobb rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit to beat McEachern 53-52 in the Region 4-AAAAAA girls basketball championship game Saturday at Marietta.
McEachern’s Triana Tisdale tied the game at 52-52 with 10.4 seconds to play with a 3-pointer, her only points of the game. But Reeves was fouled as she dribbled up the court, and she made the second of two free throws.
McEachern had a nine-point lead at 25-16 midway through the second quarter and was up 30-22 at halftime. The Indians were still clinging to a two-point lead when sophomore Te’a Cooper, the team’s leading scorer and a significant part of the McEachern’s Class AAAAA championship team last year, picked up her fourth foul.
North Cobb closed the quarter with a 7-0 run for a 42-37 lead, its first lead since the first quarter.
“We haven’t been down like that a lot this year, so it was good to be able to see them come back like that,” North Cobb coach Matt Williams said.
The Warriors led 45-40 with 4:14 to play when senior Jordan Gray was ejected after an altercation under the basket. Cooper then tied the score at 45-45 when she converted a five-point opportunity, making two free throws on the technical foul and hitting a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession. And while McEachern stayed within three points the rest of the way, the Indians were never able to regain the lead.
McEachern was playing without freshman Jada Lewis, who scored 23 points against Hillgrove in the semifinals on Friday but suffered a leg injury late in the game.
McEachern (52): Cooper 13, Allen 2, Daniels 11, Lindsey 7, Bridges 2, Martin 10, Ewing 4, Tisdale 3, Garnigan.
North Cobb (53): Barrino 2, Chandler 7, Reeves 21, Woods 13, Luster 8, Strahorn 2, Gray, Corley.