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Lady Devils still unbeaten
SHS basketball
Statesboro's Sarah Ellis pulls up on a short jumper during the second quarter of the Lady Blue Devils' 57-41 victory over Brunswick on Tuesday night at the Devil's Den. With the win, the Statesboro ladies improved to 8-0 on the season. - photo by JOSH AUBREY/staff

The Statesboro Blue Devils girl’s basketball team (8-0) continues to roll right along. After wins on Friday against Effingham, and a Saturday nail biter against Swainsboro, the Blue Devils cruised past Brunswick Tuesday night at home winning 57-41.

The Blue Devils were actually up by only two points at 20-18 early in the second quarter, before going on a 13-2 run, keyed by solid defense which led to easy buckets on the other end.

“It was a great win for us tonight, as Brunswick is always a good team,” said Statesboro coach Jeff Seir. “They beat Ware County last week, and they may be the best team in our region, so that’s a good sign tonight that we are on the right track.”

The Blue Devils opened up an early 14-7 lead in the first quarter on a Jamiah Jones three pointer. Brunswick stormed back and the Blue Devils lead was trimmed to one at 18-17 at the end of the first.

In the second both teams exchanged baskets, before the Blue Devils finally started pulling away as they went on their 13-2 run. Statesboro continued to maintain their lead thanks in part to freshman Sarah Ellis, who scored all 11 of her points in the second quarter, helping Statesboro to a 40-22 halftime lead.

“We created some turnovers with some good defensive pressure,” Seir said. I was also proud of the way Sarah Ellis played. She is just a freshman, and she really stepped up tonight.”

Statesboro continued to pour it on in the third quarter. Lacy Robins scored on a couple of steals, and layups, and the Blue Devils upped their lead to 52-30 at the end of the third.

In the fourth Statesboro started substituting and the flow of the game stalled a bit, as Brunswick cut the led to 13 scoring Statesboro 11-5 in the fourth, but the damage was already done as Statesboro would be able to easily win by a margin of 16 points.

“We had some different lineups in the game there in the fourth, and things got a little sloppy,” Seir said. “I’ve been really happy with the way we have played defense this year. We weren’t very good on that end of the floor last year, and they have worked hard to improve.”

Robins led the way for the Blue Devils with a game high 17 points. Jones added 15, while Ellis chipped in with 11. Keya Daniels was the only Pirate player in double figures with 10 points.

Statesboro puts its perfect record on the line once again this weekend as it hosts Johnson Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in the first game of a varsity doubleheader.

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