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    Senior guard Kacie Lanier poured in 15 points, including four 3-pointers, to help Bulloch Academy pummel Edmund Burke 47-17 in GISA Region 2-AA action Tuesday night.
    “We’ve been talking about and focusing on the region games since the season started,” said Lady Gator head coach Paul Webb. “We had a tough loss Monday night and the way the girls responded tonight speaks well for them.”
    The Gator guys were not to be left out of the limelight as both junior guard Will Powell and senior forward Wil Hall netted double figures in Bulloch’s 67-42 victory.
    “I think we’re coming together,” said Bulloch head coach Chandler Dennard. “The guys are playing hard and that’s all we can ask for. I think our offense is starting to click. If we can score in the 60s every night, we’ve got a good shot to win a lot of games.”
    In the opener, the Lady Gators (7-8 overall and 1-1 in region play) went on a 7-0 run in the first quarter and stretched their lead to 19-4 by the end of the first eight minutes. Lanier hit three of her treys in the first quarter.
    The Lady Gator defense stymied the Lady Spartans (4-6, 1-2) and, although EBA had a size advantage, the Bulloch girls beat them on the boards.
    “Because we’re so small, we’ve been stressing that everybody has to contribute in rebounding,” said Webb. “It was good to see everyone doing that tonight.”
    The Lady Gators took a 20-point lead late in the second quarter when freshman Sally Smith hit a driving lay-up to give BA a 30-10 advantage. Both Smith and sophomore Addie Reddick had eight points each. Bulloch held a 32-10 lead at halftime.
    Bulloch pulled out to a 30-point lead, its biggest of the season, late in the third quarter when sophomore Kaylee Lanier hit a jumper in the lane to put the Lady Gators on top 40-10.
    In the boys’ game, Bulloch (5-8, 2-0) raced out to a 17-7 lead by the end of the first quarter.
    “In the region,” said Dennard, “you’ve got to win at home. That’s all there is to it.”
    The Gators turned up the intensity on both offense and defense in the second quarter, out-scoring the Spartans 24-11 to take a commanding 41-18 halftime advantage. In the eight-minute stretch, Powell netted eight points while Hall had six.
    Much like Webb did in the opener, Dennard substituted freely throughout the game. BA freshman Paul Son scored eight while senior Jeremiah Masters added seven. Jeremy Hayes led EBA (0-10, 0-3) with 14 points while Jayme Elliott added 10.
    In B-team action, the Bulloch girls nipped Edmund Burke 24-21. Rachel Gilbert scored a game-high 10 points in the victory and helped the squad improve to 5-1-1. Carly Saxon had seven for the Lady Spartans.
    Taylor Burke paced the BA boys with 17 points as they slipped by EBA 39-31. Kyle Wilson led EBA with nine.
    Bulloch Academy will host Region 2-AA foe Memorial Day School Friday in the varsity contests which were postponed on Jan. 5 due to unsafe floor conditions. The girls’ game will resume at the 3:18 mark of the second quarter with BA leading 26-11.
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