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Blue Devils earn split against Camden County

    That’s the only way to describe Statesboro’s 86-56 win over top-ranked Camden County Saturday night at the Devils’ Den.
    The Blue Devils bounced back from a three-point loss to Brunswick Friday to move to 13-6 overall on the season and 5-3 in Region 3-AAAAA.
    After the game, SHS head coach Lee Hill said he was proud of his team’s composure.
    “I’m very proud of my guys tonight. First off, we lost a very tough region game against Brunswick and got back a 1 a.m. in the morning. We led the whole game and lost it at the end,” Hill said. “We came back and played great defense and great team ball. Those guys really showed my how I thought we should be playing all year.”
    It wasn’t just Statesboro’s bravado that helped tip the scales in their favor. The Blue Devils proved size doesn't matter against the Wildcats. Although Camden County (15-2, 6-2 Region) has seven players listed at 6-foot or taller on the roster, it was Statesboro that came out as the tougher team in the paint.
    Starting forward Myles White finished with a game-high 31 points. Cameron Harvey ended the night with 12 points and starting guard Jaylan Patrick had a 10-point performance. Daniel Cooper and Michael Salomon both finished the game with six points.
    Twelve players for Statesboro scored against the Wildcats.
    “We have good guys and they showed me tonight this is the way we can be. We just have to keep it going. They stuck with the gameplan and played great defense,” Hill said. “We played the whole night without taking any plays off. Myles (White) got some good looks and hit some threes then started scoring inside. I hope this is a boost for him and he stepped up well.”
    Statesboro will have some time to relish in their 30-point victory. The Blue Devils are set to take on South Effingham at home, Friday.

Lady Devils fall
    For the second consecutive game, the Lady Blue Devils lost a close 3-AAAAA region matchup. This time the Camden County Lady Wildcats got the better of Statesboro for a 27-26 win Saturday night.
    Down by three in the fourth quarter, starting center Kei-Sonna Rollins, who finished the game with a team-high eight points, put back a missed three-point shot to cut Camden’s lead down to 27-26 with 5.6 second left to play. However, Statesboro wouldn’t be able to regain possession.
    The loss for Statesboro is the team’s second consecutive one-point loss and drops the Lady Blue Devils to 11-7 on the season with a 2-6 region record.
    “We need to try to win as many games as we can and try to make some noise in the region tournament,” said SHS girls basketball head coach Jeff Seier after Saturday’s disappointing loss. “We just weren’t shooting the ball well tonight. We couldn’t even get uncontested layups. Good teams win on the nights that they struggle and that’s what we’re working on.”
    Staysha Everett and Keeba Redfield both ended Saturday’s game with seven points each.
    Statesboro led for most of the game, taking the lead from Camden (12-5, 4-4) at the end of the first quarter on a 7-0 run.
    Statesboro led by as many as six points with 4:38 left to play in the second quarter. Nonetheless, Camden County battled back in the second half taking a 24-22 lead of SHS in the fourth quarter with five minutes left to play.
    Keeba Redfield hit a layup down the stretch to tie the game at 24-24 with less than two minutes to play, but Camden County came right back down the court on the next possession to hit a three-point shot.
    Next up, the Lady Blue Devils take on South Effingham at home Friday.