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    Three Lady Gamecocks scored in double figures to lead Screven County to a 61-21 win over Jefferson County Wednesday in the region 3-AA tournament at Josey. The win secured a trip to the state playoffs for Screven, which improved to 22-4. Kadedra Evans scored 12 points while Ashley Loundy and Kiki Warren added 10 apiece for the Lady Gamecocks, who continue tournament play at Josey Friday with a 4 p.m. game against Swainsboro.

Metter boys
end season
    Terrence Collins scored 20 points for the Metter boys, who fell to Josey 69-46 Wednesday in the region 3-AA tournament. Karonja Knight added 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Tigers, which ended their season with a 8-18 record.

SHS hosts wrestling competition Saturday
    Statesboro High will host the GACA Area 6 weightlifting competition on Saturday. Fourteen teams, including the Blue Devils, Portal, Screven County and Emanuel County Institute will compete in the bench press, squat and power clean beginning at 9:30 a.m. Admission is $3.

SHS rifle wins
    The Statesboro High air rifle team picked up a 940-934 win over Ware County. Josh Brannen (267) was the top shooter for SHS (3-4) followed by Chris Rye (244), Cameron Hendrix (217) and John McCleary (212). The Blue Devils face St. Vincent's today.

SEB rifle falls
    Glynn Academy outshot Southeast Bulloch 1108-962 to win an air rifle match. SEB's top shooters were: Melissa Bradley (259), Joshua Hadaway (245), John Shenk (235) and Dexter Kight (223). The Yellow Jackets host Ware County today.

Georgia 75,
Kennesaw State 66
    ATHENS (AP) — Benched because he was late for the team’s shootaround earlier in the day, Georgia center Takais Brown had a courtside seat for nearly half of Wednesday’s game.
    He did not like what he saw.
    ‘‘The only thing that was going through my mind was, ’Oh, my God. We are about to lose to Kennesaw State’,’’ said Brown. ‘‘That would have broken our season if we had lost to them.’’
    But Brown scored 16 points in his punitive reserve role to help rally Georgia to a 75-66 win over the Owls.
    Georgia (15-9) was already missing leading scorer Mike Mercer, out for the season after a knee injury at South Carolina Saturday. Brown did not enter the game until midway through the first half, at which point the score was tied at 16.
    Coach Dennis Felton did not tell Brown that he was not going to start because of his tardiness, but Brown figured it out when he saw his name missing from the starting lineup.
    ‘‘I didn’t know if I would even play or not,’’ he said.
    Georgia led 36-27 at halftime and scored the first basket of the second half. But instead of starting the expected rout, it merely inspired Kennesaw State (11-17).

Waltrip’s crew chief thrown out
    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Daytona 500 is a wreck before it even gets started.
    A cheating scandal that had already brought down four teams now has ensnared another — that of two-time winner Michael Waltrip — tarnishing NASCAR’s signature race and Toyota’s highly anticipated debut.
    On Wednesday, Waltrip’s team became the fifth caught cheating before the season-opening race, and six crew members have been thrown out of Daytona as NASCAR cracked down on rulebreakers like never before.
    ‘‘We’ve got people’s attention now,’’ NASCAR competition director Robin Pemberton said.
    Waltrip lost his crew chief and team director right before Sunday’s Super Bowl of racing. The two were suspended indefinitely after an illegal substance was found during inspection for the season-opener.
    Waltrip, docked 100 points, will be allowed to participate in Thursday’s races that determine the field for the 500.
    David Hyder, his crew chief, was thrown out of the garage and fined $100,000. Team director Bobby Kennedy also was kicked out.
    Waltrip said he was ‘‘so sad and embarrassed’’ but tried to shift blame to an unnamed individual within his team.
    ‘‘This is not the action of an organization, a manufacturer or a sponsor,’’ Waltrip said in a statement.
    ‘‘This was an independent act done without consent or authorization from me or any of my executive management team.’’
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