NORTH AUGUSTA — A pair of cousins from Charleston, S.C., combined for a dominating effort on the first day of the Nike Nationals.
Guard Amber Campbell and forward Dekeiya Cohen totaled 35 points as the Georgia Metros beat the All Iowa Attack 56-31 on Saturday at Riverview Park.
Cohen, a senior from West Ashley High School, played with speed and athleticism to record a game-high 20 points. Campbell, a senior from Northwood Academy, totaled 15.
The girls, a pair of highly-recruited players who live 10 minutes apart in the Charleston area, have been a force for the Metros this summer, head coach Shari Griggs said.
“They’re the backbone of my team,” she said. “They work extra hard and give so much effort always. They’re like two peas in a pod.”
Cohen focused on the team’s effort after a strong performance against the Attack.
“We try to go out and get the team fired up and started off strong, and the team follows,” she said. “It’s really a team effort to get the team going. We try to get off to a fast start.”
The Metros did just that.
They jumped out to a 17-point lead with 3:37 left in the first half, and held a 35-17 lead at the break.
The big lead held for the Georgia-based team as it continued to pile on points; its largest advantage resulting in the final score.
It was a rebound effort for the Metros, who lost their first game of the tournament Saturday morning to MI Crossover.
“We’ve been on the road a long time this summer, and the girls just needed to get in a groove, and it took a little too long,” Griggs said. “We had a team meeting and just had a good bounce back game.”
The Metros, who have 11 players on the roster from Georgia, return to the court at 11:30 a.m. today, against Cy Fair Shock.
Their other game begins at 6 p.m. against Cal Swish.