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Local Roundup: Portal closes regular season with another win

    IRWINTON — Portal's regular season came to an end on Friday as the Panthers defeated Wilkinson County 64-60 on the road.
    The Panthers (22-3) were led by Stacey Morgan, who scored 28 points, and Robert Lee, who added 11.
    Portal begins play in the Region 3-A tournament on Wednesday in Soperton.

SEB loses heartbreaker
    BAXLEY — Preston Smith drove the length of the floor in the final 5.9 seconds of the game, but his shot missed and SEB lost 66-65 on Saturday.
    The Yellow Jackets (16-9, 13-5 Region 1-AAA) trailed by as many as 18, but fought back and took the lead late in the fourth quarter before a turnover gave Appling an opportunity for the game-winning basket.
    Smith scored 16 points to lead SEB, Sheldon Hendrix added 11 and Lamont Ballard finished with 10.
    The Jackets earned the No. 3 seed in the region tournament, and play Islands in the opening round at home on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

GSU riflers shoot season bests
    MILLEDGEVILLE — Emmy Johnson and Ale Shortridge both shot season highs as the Georgia Southern women's rifle team posted a 2225 at the SEARC meet on the campus of Georgia Military College.
    Georgia Southern had four shooters over 550 for the second-straight match.
    Johnson and Ale Shortridge led the team with scores of 559, while Abigail Raines tied her previous season best with a score of
    Kathryn Youngblood and Becky Collier rounded out the counters for the Eagles. Youngblood shot a 554, while Collier shot a 553. Tori Lewis also competed on the day and shot a 546.
    Rifle returns to action Feb. 22 at the SEARC 7 NCAA Regionals in Charleston, S.C.

Eagles wrap day two in Birmingham
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Sherril McFarlane broke Georgia Southern’s record in the 800-meter race with a 2:10.56 time Saturday, taking more than two seconds off her previous personal best at the Samford Multi & Invitational.
    She broke the Eagle record at the beginning of January, at the same venue, the Birmingham Crossplex, and racked up her second victory in this event and third overall for 2013-14.
    McFarlane also ran the second leg of Georgia Southern’s 4x400-meter Relay with Dana Edwards (1), Sadia Yansenah (3) and Asha Stegall for the second-best time in program history at 3:47.93.
    “We performed well this weekend and ran perfectly,” GSU coach Marlo Mincey said. “There are a couple of things we want to work on, but everything is coming together at the right time.”
    All three Georgia Southern entrants in the 400m set personal bests on Saturday with freshman Stegall posting the top finish at 11th on a 56.93. Stegall’s time was the second-best for the Eagles this season. Dana Edwards took a full second of her previous best (58.67) and freshman Yasenah ran her best with a 59.47.
    Breaking the 12 meter barrier in the Triple Jump for the first time in her career, sophomore Ashleigh Rasheed recorded a distance of 12.09m/39’8”. That placed her seventh overall at the meet, but could put her at the top of the Southern Conference performances list.
    Sophomore Keyanna Harris    reached the 1.61m/5’3.25” mark in the High Jump, her best effort of the 2013-14 season and Camryn Coleman reached her personal best and then some in the Long Jump.
    “We are getting to be the program we know we can be,” MIncey said after Saturday’s events. “That’s always a collective program goal, to set goals, achieve them and then set new, higher goals.”
    The Eagles head to the JDL Fast Track on Feb. 14 and 15 as a preview for their final Southern Conference Indoor Championships March 1-2.

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