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Boys athlete of the week: Morgan Doty
Girls athlete of the week: Ashley Loundy
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Morgan Doty, a senior forward at Statesboro, pulled down nine rebounds, had three points and two steals in 57-47 win over Whitewater on Saturday night. - photo by Staff
    Statesboro senior Morgan Doty knows his role. The 6-foot-3 senior has come off the bench for most of the 2006-2007 season. After a good few days of practice last week, Doty earned a start against upstart Whitewater in the first round of the AAAA state tournament.
    “I've never been that focused before a game before,” said Doty. “I was just determined not to let us lose. It's the first time since I've been on varsity that we've got to the second round."
    Doty didn’t impress on the scoreboard, but rather on the defensive end and on the glass where he pulled down nine big rebounds.
    “I always thought (Doty) could play good post defense,” said SHS coach Lee Hill. “I thought he did a great job on backside help and on post defense (against Whitewater). He got some key rebounds.”
    Doty and the Devils will hit the road today to face Griffin at 8:30 p.m. in the second round of the GHSA Class AAAA playoffs at Mercer University.

Loundy fueling Screven’s run
   Ashley Loundy’s not the type of player to put up big points. Instead, the Screven County guard makes her mark on the defensive end.
    When Long County rolled into Sylvania on Saturday, Loundy had the task of guarding the Blue Tide’s best player, Angela Ashley: she was up to the task.
    Head coach Jennifer Acree said Loundy is the “rawest” player she’s ever had, and termed her ball-handling skills as “phenomenal”.
    Loundy’s biggest motivation in the game doesn’t even come from the other bench, but perhaps from her own.
    Loundy’s younger sister is also a Gamecock, and Acree said the competitiveness between the two is fierce.
    Loundy, Acree and the Gamecocks will travel to Albany today to face Dodge County at 7 p.m. at the Albany Civic Center in the second round of the GHSA Class AA tournament. Screven comes in as the No. 2 seed from region 3 while DCHS is the No. 1 seed out of region 4.