Ladies own the NIGHT! Lady Blue Devils or the Lady Indians? Two Georgia Powerhouses Clash Opening Ni
November 18, 2011By Kristopher Gordon of D1Spects Nation
Atlanta,Ga—– Before Wednesday's opening night tip-off against McEachern, Norcross Lady Blue Devil's highly talented shooting guard Diamond Deshields told D1Spects ,“Everybody is a witness.” A truly epic night to remember, Atlanta witnessed ten division one athletes on one high school court with enough drama to satisfy a VH1 reality show.
The college coaches were in the stands, and the fans were on their feet. In a blink of an eye, it wasn’t hard to get caught up in the excitement. Will Atlanta witness another Lady Blue Devil's triumph over McEachern? Or will the new additions to the Lady Indians’ line-up, be enough fire-power to get them over the hump?
Finally, it was tip-off time and what we witnessed were two Georgia powerhouses going at each other full throttle, with just a little to much excitement.
McEachern Lady Indian's Head Coach Phyllis Arthur told D1Spects, “We told them [Lady Indians] to calm down both offensively and defensively.” While Coach Arthur was trying to calm down her team, Lady Blue Devils junior Diamond Deshields and junior Shayla Cooper found different ways to score in the early defensive stalemate.
Deshields dropped 14 first half points, including a beautiful step back three pointer over two defenders, while Cooper added to the Norcross attack with strong drives keeping the Lady Indians on their heels.
With Norcross leading going into halftime, the Lady Indians would turn to Dominique Wilson (pictured with ball below) to answer the call. During the second half Wilson challenged the Lady Indians by stating “pick up the intensity.”
Leading by example Wilson provided a second half spark for McEachern by knocking down early jump-shots. While senior SF Destinie Gibbs and freshman PG Te’a Cooper tightened up their defense, disrupting the timing of the Lady Blue Devil's offense. Senior F Pachinyanna Roberts would add salt to the wound with 19 points but Wilson’s clutch performance late in the fourth quarter would prove to be the difference maker.
With less than five minutes remaining, Wilson hit two big three pointers to set the tempo down the stretch.
The Lady Indians would again use their quickness, and speed to their advantage by trapping Norcross at half-court, forcing the Lady Blue Devils into untimely turnovers.
With three minutes remaining Te’a Cooper would find Gibbs for an easy two point lay-up, then after a Lady Indian steal, Cooper would find a streaking Wilson to cap off a Lady Indians 8-0 run.
Unable to find an answer to the Lady Indians’ late attack, Norcross would fall victim losing 55-43 in a great defensive battle.
With the opening night win, McEachern ends a two game losing streak to the Lady Blue Devils, including last year’s 5AAAAA Georgia State Championship.— Wilson told D1Spects, “This feels so good, I was hungry for this win, and couldn’t lose to [Norcross] for a third time.”
She later stated, “We won this game not because of me making shots but because of our defense as a whole.”
When asked her season expectations Wilson told D1Spects,”For us to get better as a team, go hard, and get the ring.”
As for Wilson’s big play in the second half Arthur stated, “Dominique is a go-getter, and when the game is on the line she takes over.” As for McEachern's young point guard opening night performance Arthur simply stated, “I saw a freshman play an outstanding game.”