Lanett Falls 74-70 To East Coweta In OTJanuary 20, 2021
Story by Gator Kincaid
Photo by Alex Jay Photography
LANETT- On Tuesday, the Lanett Panthers Varsity Boys Basketball team hosted Georgia 7A powerhouse East Coweta on senior night from Richard Carter Court.
Seniors Kintavvious Dozier, Larontavious Hurston, Travaunta Abner, Al’Yari Stephens, and Makell Patrick were recognized in front of family, and friends prior to tip-off between the Panthers and the Indians.
East Coweta, ranked in the top ten in Ga 7A, and #23 in the state came out of the gate firing, pushing their tempo, and getting a lot of easy baskets. The Indians were up by double digits for most of the first half.
“They played fast, and we didn’t get back in transition. Our defense is going to have to tighten up in order for us to have a chance in the second half”, said Panthers Head Coach Trentavious McCants.
“They have a lot of length, athleticism, and can make shots. They have 4 D1 players on their team. They’re a well-coached team, so we knew we were in for a challenge tonight”, added McCants.
McCants, who was critical of his team’s performance in the first half, especially on the defensive end made rotation changes for the second half. Changes that worked well as Lanett locked in for the second half.
The Panthers came storming back in the second half, erasing the deficit, and even taking the lead with under minutes to go in regulation.
Kintavvious Dozier led the Panthers with 32, Travaunta Abner added 15, and Larontavious Hurston chipped in with 12. Markavous Atkinson was outstanding as well, providing a much-needed spark off the bench.
Indian Jr. Guard Samuel Moss led East Coweta in scoring with 21. Moss is already committed to Boston College, where he will take his talents to the Eagles.
Lanett and East Coweta traded buckets late in the second half, and the Panthers had a chance to win the game in regulation, but unfortunately for Lanett Kintavvious Dozier’s attempted game-winning jumper came up short, and forced the game into overtime.
In overtime, both the Panthers and Indians were exhausted, but in the end, it was East Coweta, who made enough shots to win 74-70.
“I told the guys how proud I was for their effort in the second half, and to keep grinding cause we got a lot of basketball ahead of us”, said McCants after the game.
Up next for Lanett is a regional showdown with LaFayette on Friday from LaFayette followed by a Saturday game against Valley from Richard Carter Court. The tip-off for the LHS/VHS game is 2:00 pm Est., and the LHS/LaF game on Friday is at 5:30 pm EST.