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Lady Devils get the best of Bryan Co. at 'Ladies Night Out'
SHS Basketball
Statesboro High's Sara Ellis, top, plays some suffocating defense on Bryan County's Anderia Jackson during the second quarter Wednesday. - photo by By SCOTT BRYANT

The Statesboro Blue Devils were able to rebound from an opening night loss in their annual Ladies Night Out tournament to Calvary Day, as they knocked off Bryan County 55-38 Wednesday night at Statesboro High School.

Bryan County hung tough for most of the game, but a 15-5 second half run helped give the Blue Devils a little separation. Statesboro got a team high 17 points by Lacy Robins, but also got plenty of help in the paint. Bailee Roberts provided the punch down low in the first half and finished with 13 points, while Madison Lee took over in the second half and finished the game with 16 points.

“We look so much better when the ball is falling through the basket,” said Statesboro coach Jeff Seir. “Lady was hitting tonight, and our jump shots were falling tonight unlike yesterday. Bryan County is a solid program, and they put up a fight, but I was proud of how our girls bounced back from last night's loss.”

The Blue Devils inside out game worked really well in the first quarter. Robins had seven points including hitting a three pointer. When she wasn;t scoring she was throwing the ball inside where Roberts hit for eight points, and Lee had a pair of buckets as Statesboro opened up a 22-13 lead. 

Bryan County guard Olonna Rawls helped bring the Redskins back in the second quarter. The highly touted 5-9 guard scored 10 of her team high 16 points in the first half, with the majority of those coming on layups and free throws. Bryan County was able to get to within five points on a couple of occasions, but trailed 33-23 at the half. 

In the second half the Blue Devils opened up strong, as Robins hit a pair of three pointers, and teammate Sara Evans hit one from behind the arc as well. Bryan County again made a run to get within 10, but Statesboro pulled away in the fourth, and went on to cruise to the 17 point win.

“Lacy played well, but I was also proud of how Bailee and Madison stepped up,” Seir said. “Bryan County threw some things at us defensively that we had to adjust to, and overall we played a solid game. I wish we could have gotten a little more production from our bench, as we will need them to contribute for us to really be where I’d like us to be.”

The Blue Devils opened up Tuesday’s game with Calvary Day playing a pretty good first half, but struggled in the second half, as they dropped a 54-42 decision to the Cavaliers.

Statesboro ran out to a 22-14 first quarter lead, but managed only nine points in the second quarter as the Cavs got to within four at 29-25 at halftime.

In the third quarter Statesboro managed only one field goal, as Calvary outscored them 15-2 to take a 40-31 lead. The Lady Devils managed 11 points in the fourth but it wouldn’t be enough as they fell by 12. Lacy Robins hit only one three point field goal, and a pair of free throws in the contest finishing with five points. Jamaiah Jones led the way with 14 points.

“We hadn’t played real well in the first half of that game, but we were still winning by a few baskets at the half,” Seir said. “I felt like we would turn it on in the second half, but just the opposite happened, and we really shot worse. Nothing really fell for us, and it was just one of those frustrating nights.

Other teams participating in the Ladies Night Out tournament included Southeast Bulloch, Richmond Hill and Tattnall County. 

The Jackets played a competitive game Tuesday against Tattnall County, before falling 51-41. The Jackets got 18 points from freshman Madison Taylor, and actually pulled within one in the fourth at 39-38 on a layup by Shay Littles. Tattnall then went on a 12-3 run to close the game, and won by 10.

Wednesday night the Jackets weren’t as fortunate as they struggled with the pressure applied throughout the first half by Calvary Day. Delanie Thames layup with 15 seconds left in the first half was the only field goal the Jackets scored in the first half, as they trailed 26-5 at the half. Calvary would go on for the win by a final score of 52-18.

In the other game Wednesday evening Richmond Hill ran all over Tattnall County, winning by a final score of 40-19.

Next up for Southeast Bulloch is a date at Beach Saturday night as the Jackets open region play. Next up for Statesboro they will be at Swainsboro November 30th. The Statesboro boys play Saturday at Lithonia.

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