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    What a difference one offseason can make.
    Last winter, Statesboro’s Cameron Harvey was just a freshman who was thankful for a few minutes and a small role on the varsity squad. This time around, Harvey is an integral piece of the puzzle.
    The sophomore has started both games as the Blue Devils are off to a 1-1 start, with his 13-point effort playing a big part in a season-opening win over Liberty County.
    “It’s a little different,” Harvey said of his new role. “There’s a little more pressure on me, but I see it as an opportunity. A lot of us are willing to work hard and carry that weight on our shoulders with more responsibility.”
    Harvey is far from the only Devil settling into a new position or role. With only one starter returning from last season – and only three returners with previous playing time on the varsity squad – Statesboro is getting plenty of on-the-job training throughout the opening games of the season.
    “Right now, we’re still getting used to one another,” Harvey said. “We need to know how everyone plays. When we are confident with that, we can play faster and smoother and hopefully win games.”

    Heading into the season, Statesboro girls basketball coach Jeff Seier said that he would be counting on Tanice Johnson — his only senior starter — to provide scoring and leadership.
    Two games in, Johnson is making her coach, and the Lady Blue Devils, look good.
    Johnson scored 26 points in a season-opening win over Liberty County last weekend. Up against a solid Swainsboro team Tuesday night, Johnson was even more impressive. She netted 31 points as the Devils notched a 44-38 road victory.
    While her scoring effort made it seem like a game that was single-handedly won, Johnson deferred plenty of credit to her teammates.
    “I had a good night scoring,” Johnson said. “But that’s just a part of it. The team needs me to score, so that’s what I tried to do. I thought we also played good defense and that was a big part of the win.”
    In her final season at Statesboro, it would be nice to get back to the postseason.
    “I think we can be a good team,” Johnson said. “I learned a lot from the older girls back then. I’m trying to be a leader and do the same for us this season.”