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    When the basketball season tipped off in November, Southeast Bulloch wasn’t exactly sure where its scoring would come from. The Yellow Jackets had been an improved team in 2012-13, but leading scorer Devontae Tremble had graduated.
    Just over a month into the season, junior Sheldon Hendrix is a rising star on a team that suddenly has a wealth of scoring.
    Squaring off against Georgia Military in the final round of the Portal Holiday Classic Monday night, Hendrix had his coming out party. The junior connected on three 3-pointers in the first half and added four more in the third quarter alone to spur the Jackets on to a win.
    “I was really feeling good out there,” Hendrix said. “I think we were all playing well. I just got hot and my teammates kept getting me the ball.”
    GMC threatened to rally in the fourth quarter, but Hendrix stuck a fork in the comeback with his eighth 3 of the night – bringing his point total to 30.
    Hendrix will have to keep up the hot shooting if SEB wants to content in one of the toughest regions in the state, but he thinks that his team is up to the challenge.
    “We just have to keep playing well,” Hendrix said. “I know there’s a lot of tough teams we have to play, but if we keep executing, we can compete.”

    As a new year rolls around, the Bulloch Academy girls basketball team is in the same old place — at the top of the standings.
    The Lady Gators ran off 13 consecutive victories to begin their 2013-14 campaign, thanks in large part to the looming presence of Chelsea Oglesby in the pain.
    Oglesby was a key factory in the Gators’ run to the Final Four last year. This season, she’s taking on an even bigger role in her final go-round with the Gators.
    “I try to be a good leader for the younger girls,” Oglesby said. “That’s what our seniors from last season did and that’s what keeps us bonding together as a team. I’m trying to play my best, but I think the strength of our team comes from the hope and faith that we have for each other.”
    Oglesby is just the latest in a line of seniors who have transitioned into great leaders as upperclassmen. She credits the culture at Bulloch Academy for keeping the stellar records coming with each passing year.
    “Coach (Paul) Webb does a great job getting everyone prepared from the freshman to the seniors,” Oglesby said. “I think we can do well in the postseason again. And when I’m gone next year, I know that our juniors like Ashley Burke, Paige Spence and Pate Lomax will be ready to keep leading this team.”