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BASKETBALL: Armuchee overcomes Coosa in thefinal period to end winless streak vs. Eagles

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It wasn’t a case of Armuchee’s boys’ biding their time on Saturday night, but more them waiting for Coosa’s shots to end up in their hands.

The Indians scored 23 points and got ahead in the rebound column during the fourth period of a Region 7-AA at the Eagles’ Nest on the way to 71-66 come-from-behind win over Coosa.

It makes Armuchee 3-3 in region play and is the first time in five seasons the Indians have managed to top the Eagles in regular season play, a total of 10 meetings.

“We keep telling our guys that everything is in their hands,” first-year Armuchee head coach Clint Decker said. “We’ve told the guys that we feel we can compete with anybody in the region. We’ve just got to keep doing the right things.”

Down 38-31 at the half, the Indians (3-11, 3-3 7-AA) kept pace with Coosa through the third period, using the perimeter shooting by Tamalachi Lovelace to take a one-point lead midway through before the Eagles got back ahead.

Each team’s 3-point shooting played a role again in the fourth when the two squads got in a back-in-forth contest that led to a 67-64 advantage for Armuchee when the smoke had cleared with a little more than two minutes left.

“I thought the guys played better defense tonight, especially rebounding,” Decker said. “That’s what we’ve been preaching all year, and I honestly think that’s what won the game for us there at the end.”

Jacob Stanley hit five of Armuchee’s 13 3’s to finish with 17 points. Lovelace added 17 as well, sinking three treys along the way while Eli Brock scored 15.

Coosa (6-8, 3-3) was paced by Dawson Tate’s 16 points, which included four of the Eagles’ 11 total 3-pointers. Kenon Dixon had 14 and Jaylen Hodge added nine on three treys.

Coosa girls 66, Armuchee 56

Carah Arrant scored 16 points in the first half and laid the groundwork for a 66-56 Coosa win over visiting Armuchee on Saturday at the Eagles’ Nest.

Arrant finished with 27 points and went 7-of-9 at the line to lead all scorers while Taylor Roberts had 18 and Gracie Shumate added 13, including four 3-pointers.

Armuchee (8-6, 3-2 7-AA) was paced by Karson Fallin, who finished with five 3-pointers on the way to 19 points. Livia Skinner and BrandyAnn Wacker each added 10.

Coosa (6-7, 3-3) hosts Pepperell on Tuesday while Armuchee hosts Rockmart.