Archer jumped out to a quick 11-2 start and, after Etowah got back to within four points, put on the jets. The Tigers went on a 17-2 run, which included the first 14 points of the second quarter, and quickly took control. Archer led 31-11 at halftime and 52-24 after three quarters.
“I think Etowah responded really well in the first quarter,” Lesniak said. “We lost some rebounding opportunities and we tried to emphasize that at the quarter break and came out and played really well. (Etowah) does a good job of what they do. They run a lot of backdoor cuts and I felt we defended all of that very well tonight.”
Now things get tough for the Tigers, who entered the Region 8-AAAAAA tournament as the state’s No. 1-ranked team, despite having only one senior on the team. Archer could face two-time defending state champion and No. 3-ranked McEachern in the second round, if the Indians win Wednesday against Valdosta. The third-round opponent might be No. 2-ranked Norcross, that won three of four state championships from 2010-2013.