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Local Roundup: Blue Devils top Greenbrier
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Jared Houston and Mario Jackson hit late free throws to help Statesboro hold off Greenbrier for a 47-42 Blue Devil victory Tuesday. Justin Houston led Statesboro (12-9) with 15, while Brian Andrews scored 14 to lead Greenbrier. The Blue Devils host Lakeside Friday. Portal downs Richmond Hill Mario Farris scored 18 points to lead Portal to a 62-46 non-region win at Richmond Hill Tuesday night. T.J. Busby added 12 and Fred Williams scored 11 for the Panthers (16-6) who travel to Jenkins County Friday. Gamecocks sweep Jefferson County The Screven County Lady Gamecocks (19-3, 10-2 region 3-AA) won at home Tuesday against Jefferson County under the strength of a Kadedra Evans double-double (15 pts, 14 rebounds). Sheneka Lee added 14 points and five steals. No. 8 in the state Screven travels to No. 5 Laney on Friday at 6 pm. The Screven County boys (10-12, 6-6) avenged Jan. 12's 103-97 double-overtime loss by topping Jefferson County 67-34 at home. Antrjuan Albright led the team in scoring with 15 points and Darion Carter added 12. The boys cap off Friday night's double header against Laney. BA JV girls win The Bulloch Academy JV girls' team beat Frederica Academy 27-14 Tuesday. BA (6-2) was led by Taylor Hollis with seven points and Haley Burke with six. Kate Twohig paced Frederica with seven. Lee's free throws lift Bulloch Academy Win Lee hit two game-winning free throws with 14.2 seconds remaining to lift the Bulloch Academy JV boys to a 33-31 win Tuesday. Brandon Walker career-high 19 points and Lee added 10 for BA (6-2). The Gators host Thomas Jeffreron Academy Thursday. Thrashers win shootout ATLANTA (AP) Marian Hossa delivered the decisive goal in a shootout as the Atlanta Thrashers edged the New Jersey Devils 5-4 on Tuesday night in a matchup of division leaders. The Thrashers ended a slump with three power-play goals, including two by Ilya Kovalchuk. Atlanta earned its fourth consecutive home win over New Jersey, which has lost two straight overall. Slava Kozlov also scored for Atlanta in the shootout and added three assists in regulation. Kari Lehtonen blocked two shots to win the shootout duel with New Jerseys Martin Brodeur. Lehtonen allowed a goal to Brian Gionta, who also scored in regulation, before blocking attempts by Zach Parise and John Madden. Atlanta put an early end to four games of frustration on the power play. The Thrashers, 0-for-6 on the power play in their 2-1 loss to Philadelphia on Sunday, had been 0-for-18 with the advantage.