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Local Roundup: Laney snatches win from SCHS

    Sylvania — No. 7 Screven County’s Lady Gamecocks (18-3) were defeated by the No.3 Laney Lady Wildcats 61-58 Friday night.
    Screven held the lead for most of the game, but Laney took over with just 2:51 to go.
    A controversial play happened with 2:10 to go in the game when SCHS’s Yana Felton appeared to have stolen the ball and scored a break-away, game-tying layup. The goal would have tied the teams at 55, however an official ruled that Laney had called a time out before the steal and, on their inbound, scored a basket. It was a 4 point turnaround leaving the lead with Laney at 57-53.
    Leading scorers for SCHS were Casmeyana Austin with 16 points including four three-pointers, Bria Lonon scored 16 points and had 8 rebounds, and Courtney Burns had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
    The Lady Gamecocks will travel to Portal to face the Lady Panthers today at 6 p.m.

    Murray leads Lady Tigers to win
    SAVANNAH — Claxton’s Lady Tigers (6-13, 3-6 Region 3E-A) defeated Savannah Country Day 43-37 Friday night.
    Polly Murray lead Claxton with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Devonna Brewton scored 6 points and had 6 assists.
    The Lady Tigers will travel to Tattnall today for a non-region matchup at 6 p.m.

Jefferson sweeps SEB
    LOUISVILLE ­— Southeast Bulloch’s Lady Yellow Jackets were defeated by Jefferson County’s Lady Warriors 62-53 Friday night.
    Crystal Mikell led SEB with 28 points.
    The SEB boys also were defeated by Jefferson 60-62.
    Kaelin Jones led SEB with 8 points while Stan Smith led Jefferson with 16 points.
    SEB will travel to Effingham to face the Rebels on Tuesday. The girls’ game starts at 6 p.m. and the boys’ game will follow.

SHS girls defeat Greenbriar
    EVANS — The Lady Blue Devils defeated Greenbriar 54-33 Friday.
    SHS's leading scorers were Aneisha Drumer with 13 points and 12 rebounds and Shanice Walker with 8 points.

BA girls split with Augusta Prep
    AUGUSTA — The Bulloch Academy Lady Gators (17-8) lost to Augusta Prep 60-55 Friday night.
    BA’s leading scorer was Haley Burke with 23 points.
For the B-team game, BA won 32-24. BA’s leading scorer was Mary Kate Thomas with 15 points.
The Lady Gators will face Westminster at the Region 4-AAA GHSA tournament Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in Dublin.

BA JV advances in tournament
    STILLMORE  — The Bulloch Academy girls’ and boys’ junior varsity basketball teams advanced to the finals of the East Georgia Middle School basketball tournament with convincing victories Thursday.
    The Lady Gators downed Thomas Jefferson Academy 37-16 to run their record to 12-0. Ashley Burke led BA with 15 points, Pate Lomax added eight and Page Spence had seven. The Bulloch girls take on Frederica Academy today at 12:30 p.m. in the championship game.
    The BA boys whipped Robert Toombs 45-18 to improve to 10-2. Will Marsh netted 19 and Smith Reeves had 13. The Bulloch boys battle Frederica today at 1:45 p.m. for the title.

PHS defeats Jenkins

    MILLEN — Portal (14-8, 8-3 Region 3W-A) defeated Jenkins 60-52 Friday night.
    Jamie Hagins led PHS with 18 points. Stacey Morgan had 15 points and Corey Reese had 14 points.    
    Tyrone Brown led Jenkins with 24 points.
    Portal will host Screven during Senior Night tonight at 7:30.

Eagles tennis faces in-state matchups
    The Georgia Southern men's tennis team (1-0) travels to the greater Atlanta area and will face Georgia State (3-2) Saturday at 2 p.m. and Kennesaw State (2-0) Sunday at noon.
    The Eagles are coming off a season-opening win over Fort Valley State at home. Georgia Southern swept the doubles, winning the two deciding matches 8-0 and 8-0. The Eagles also picked up the win in the number-three doubles, 8-3. GSU carried that success over to the singles portion of the match and won all six matches in straight sets.
    Georgia State has won three-straight matches after defeating Mercer 5-2 Wednesday at Piedmont Park in Atlanta. Juan Pablo Gutierrez and Lucas Santana are both riding four-match winning streaks. Gutierrez is 4-1 in the number-four doubles and is 2-2 in number three doubles competition. Santana is undefeated in number six singles and his only loss came in his only match in number-five singles competition.
    Kennesaw State is off to a 2-0 start in just its third season of competition as a program. The Owls have claimed victories over Xavier (La.) and Jackson State on the road and will play their home opener against Georgia Southern. Kennesaw State has lost only one match point so far and is led by Simon Janik. Janik is 2-0 in the number one singles and has combined with Elliot Kahler for a perfect 2-0 record in number one doubles.

Lady Eagles open season
    The Georgia Southern women's tennis team opens its 2011 season with a pair of matches in South Carolina. The Eagles will face South Carolina State (1-1) Saturday at 1 p.m. and USC Upstate (0-1) Sunday at 11 a.m.
    Georgia Southern returns seven of the nine Eagles who played in match play last season and adds four freshman to a squad that went 11-9 last season. GSU graduated Jessica Fuller and Kristi Kegerreis who combined for 20 wins in singles play. Kegerreis also posted a 13-7 record in doubles competition last season.
    The Eagles return senior Melanie Rolle who finished last season with an 11-7 record and went 6-4 in number-two singles. Senior Ashley Hungerford also won 11 matches a season ago and went 10-7 in doubles competition. Georgia Southern also returns fellow senior Ali Beavers who finished last season with a 6-4 record.

Little Eagles camp

    The Georgia Southern baseball team will be hosting its annual Little Eagles Baseball Camp/Meet the Baseball Eagles on Wednesday Feb. 12 at J.I Clements Stadium. All the camp participants will receive instruction from Baseball coaches and players as they go through hitting, throwing, fielding, and base running drills.
    Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., which is open to all boys and girls ages 4-14. All participants must bring their own bat and glove to registration in order to take part in the camp. Parents will be required to sign a waiver form during the registration. The Little Eagles Baseball Camp will begin at 11 a.m. and will last until 12 p.m.
    Following the Little Eagles Baseball Camp, participants and fans will be the first to receive the 2011 baseball schedule poster. Fans will have the opportunity to have their posters signed by the players and the coaching staff from Noon-1 p.m.
    After Meet the Baseball Eagles, fans are encouraged to stay and watch the intra-squad scrimmage that will begin approximately at 1:30.
Gus, Georgia Southern University's mascot will be in attendance and all events are free and open to the public.

Six Ink Letters with GSU Men’s Soccer

 Georgia Southern Head Coach Kevin Kennedy and the Men’s Soccer program received National Letters of Intent from six individuals, Rocco Bagley, Thomas Hamilton, Ado Junuzovic, Chase Park, Seth Prieto and Nate Steele, who will enroll at Georgia Southern University and join the Eagle family. The accomplished class of five Georgians and one Texan adds depth with five midfielders and one defender to the 2011 roster.

    If you have a score to report, please call the Statesboro Herald sports desk at (912) 489-9408.

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