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    One down, four to go for Statesboro.
    The Blue Devils (17-11) face Jonesboro tonight at 7 p.m. at SHS for a spot in the Elite Eight of the GHSA Class AAAA state playoffs.
    Statesboro, after losing the final two games of the regular season, have won four in a row and are riding high.
    “They feel real good about themselves — and they should be,” said SHS coach Lee Hill. “I can tell with the way they shot around (Sunday) they’re playing with a lot of confidence. I think we’re peaking at the right time.”
    The Devils face a Jonesboro squad coming off a 66-48 win over Banneker in the first round. The Cardinals (23-5) are led by guard Brandon Hosley.
    “They’re very quick,” said Hill. “They have a good guard, he’s their shooter. He’s the key. We have to contain him.”
    Jonesboro will use a 2-2-1 trap on the defensive end and try to control the pace of tonight’s game. Jerome Brooks anchors the post for JHS.
    The Cardinals have beaten Griffin twice (71-34 and 61-52) and defeated Morrow (68-48) — two common opponents for the two teams.
    A win for SHS will send them to Fort Valley State will they’ll face the winner of Thomas County-Central/ Fayette County on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
    “They know now that they have to take it one game at a time,” said Hill of his team. “I like what I see in them. It’s not a cocky confidence that they got — it’s just a confidence that they know they need to have.”

    Chad Bishop can be reached at (912) 489-9408.
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