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Bulloch Academy notches sweep on hardwood
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Bulloch Academy's Dra Harrison scores off an Edmund Burke turnover during the first quarter Tuesday.

    Dra Harrison’s 14 points helped propel Bulloch Academy to a healthy lead and eventual 57-25 blowout of Edmund Burke to improve to 2-0 in region play.
    From the beginning of the game it was the Dra Harrison show. In the first quarter alone Harrison had nine points, five rebounds and three steals as it was clear from the start Edmund Burke was going to be outmatched by the Gators, as BA flew out to a 19-3 lead in the first quarter, holding the Bucs to 1-of-9 shooting and forcing six turnovers.
    Harrison would cool down in the second quarter, but he’d still finish the first half with 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting with seven rebounds and three steals. Steven Henry would have 11 points after 16 minutes of play and Brett Thomas would add nine more. All the while Edmund Burke trailed 40-11 going into halftime.
    “Dra isn’t just a good player he’s a great kid too,” said head coach Chandler Dennard. “He fit in so well here and the only way you can do that is if you’re a good person.”
    The Bucs were held to 3-of-17 shooting in the first half with 14 turnovers off 11 BA steals. Meanwhile BA shot 59 percent in the first half from the field and 67 percent from beyond the arch.
    Henry would finish with 14 points as well, while Thomas would end up with 11. BA would dominate the paint as well, shooting 61 percent under the basket.
    BA (7-10, 2-0) will face Frederica (12-1, 2-0) on the road Friday to continue region play.

BA ladies notch first region win
    Bulloch Academy notched their first win of region play Tuesday night with a 45-37 win over Edmund Burke Academy courtesy of 25 points from MiKay Sands.
    Even more impressive, Sands scored all of those points in just 21 minutes of play — making Tuesday’s performance arguably her best of the season.
    “This is a game we needed to win,” said head coach Paul Webb. “All of other region games on the road are going to be tough. We needed this one.”
    Down 6-1, Sands finally found her stroke with an And-1 after missing her first three shots of the game. She’d come back down on the next possession to score another drop-step jumper to tie the game, then two possessions later follow with another post score to give BA the lead.
    However it was with less than a minute left in the quarter Sands would pick up her second team foul, forcing Webb to remove her from action for the remainder of the first half. Naturally, BA’s offense would struggle without her for a stretch of the second quarter.
    The first five and a half minutes of the second quarter BA shot 1-for-8 with three turnovers, allowing Edmund Burke to crawl back to an 11-10 lead. Abby Newton would pull BA out of their shooting rut with a three-pointer to put BA back up 13-11.
    Coming out of halftime tied 15-15 and with Sands back in the game, BA was able to hit a 8-2 run in the first four minutes of the quarter with Sands scoring six of those eight points.
    “She got rolling in the third quarter and when she gets rolling she’s very hard to stop,” Webb said. “I thought Abby played a really smart game too.”
    Newton second three pointer of the game finally put double-digits between the two schools, followed by Sand’s second And-1 of the game to make the score 34-19 with just over a minute left in the quarter.
    Edmund Burke was able to work their way back in thanks to Sands colliding with Hannah Powell head-on forcing her to leave the game. In the time she was gone the Lady Bucs were able to hit a 7-0 run and work it back 37-26 before Sands came back in in to kill the run with another jumper.
    Sands would add nine rebounds and four blocks to her 10-for-20 shooting night, while Newton chipped in 12 points with seven rebounds, four assists and three steals.
    BA (11-9, 1-1) will travel to Frederica (9-3, 2-0) Friday to continue region play.