MCEACHERN AT SOUTH FORSYTH
When: Friday, 6:30 p.m.
Records, rankings, seedings: McEachern is 20-5, ranked No. 3 in Class AAAAAA and the No. 2 seed from Region 4; South is 25-4, ranked No. 4 and the No. 1 seed from Region 6.
Coaches: Phyllis Arthur, McEachern; Keith Gravitt, South Forsyth.
Stats: McEachern – 70.9 PPG, 50.4 PAPG; South – 61.5 PPG, 44.6 PAPG.
Playoff history: McEachern – 21 appearances, 4 Final Fours, 2 state championships; South – 7 appearances, 1 Final Four.
What to know: A year ago, these two teams met in the Class AAAAAA semifinals under vastly different contexts – McEachern, the state powerhouse, was on a march toward its second state championship, while South, the newcomer, was making the first Final Four appearance by a Forsyth County team in the GHSA since 1970. And so South was overwhelmed, losing 64-27. Here we are again, both returning the core of players from last season’s meeting, and while the context remains the same for McEachern, it’s completely changed for South. The Lady War Eagles arrive with a reputation near on-par with the Lady Indians, ranked in the top 5 of Class AAAAAA virtually all season and expecting to get back to the Final Four, if not accomplish more. The big question: Can South stop McEachern’s Te’a Cooper, the Tennessee signee who averages 27.1 points a game?
What’s next: The winner will face the Mountain View-Tucker winner.