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A Devil of a time

SHS beats Screven to remain undefeated

A Devil of a time

A Devil of a time

Screven County's Michaella Edwards, t...


There is winning, and then there is winning with authority. Statesboro usually take the court with the latter on its mind.

The Lady Blue Devils (4-0) scored 14 of the game’s first 17 points as they cruised to a 57-33 win over Screven County Tuesday night in the championship game of the Ladies Night Out tournament hosted by Statesboro.

"We really played hard tonight," said SHS coach Jeff Seier. "And I credit Screven. They’ve got a scrappy bunch and played hard as well. We just executed like we wanted to and got the offense to win."

Statesboro stormed out of the gate and never looked back.

Aneisha Drummer (8 points) and Alisia Jenkins ( 5 points, 12 rebounds) both scored easy transition baskets off of turnovers by the Lady Gamecocks (3-1) and Drummer nailed a 3-pointer to give the Devils an early 7-0 lead.

Screven got on the board with a jumper by Yana Felton and a free throw by Bria Lonon before the SHS defense clamped down again.

Raven Thomas and Sierra Kirkland — who led the Devils with 15 points — headed Statesboro’s relentless press, forcing turnover after turnover by the Gamecocks.

"We know that we have some depth, so we try to wear people down," said Seier. "Screven came out and passed the ball 11 or 12 times before taking their first shot. We don’t want the game to slow down like that, so we pressed the issue and forced them to run and get a little tired."

Over eight minutes of game time elapsed before Screven’s next points on a Courtney Roberts 3, but by then the Devils had built a 20-6 advantage and were well on their way.

 

Key to the victory was Statesboro’s ability to shut down Lonon inside. The junior forward had starred in the Gamecocks’ win over Claxton in the first night of the tournament, but was held to just seven points and only one field goal Tuesday.

"Alisia and Sierra did a very good job on Lonon," said Seier. "Not only did they play her well in one-on-one situations, but the backside help was there, so she was faced with another six-footer even if she got by one."

The tournament was sponsored by McDonald’s, Coca-Cola and Ogeechee Technical College.

"This event was a good opportunity to play some quality opponents early in the season," said Seier. "We appreciate the help of our sponsors. Without them, doing these things wouldn’t be possible."

Richmond Hill 46, Claxton 34

Sydney Millek dropped 16 points as she led Richmond Hill to a 46-34 win over Claxton Tuesday in the consolation game of Ladies Night Out.

The teams were evenly matched for much of the contest until the Lady Wildcats surged ahead late.

Claxton pulled within 29-25 late in the third quarter, but a pair of missed free throws by Shameekia Murray kept the Tigers from pulling closer.

The Richmond Hill press forced three quick turnovers early in the final period to run the margin to 41-27 and kept Claxton at bay as time ran out.

 

Mike Anthony can be reached at (912) 489-9404.

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