Not content with simply qualifying for the state tournament, the Lady Blue Devils of Statesboro are taking dead aim at a region title.
Statesboro hit the road Thursday night to take on the Academy of Richmond County, which held the No. 1 seed out of the north sub-region of Region 3-AAAA. ARC took an early lead, but the Devils rallied and ran away with a 3-1 victory.
Tess Newton tied the game with a close-range strike just before halftime, then headed in a cross to the back post midway through the second half to give the Devils the lead.
Minutes later, Emmalyne Sisson put in another goal to put the game out of reach.
Destinee Lanier turned in one of her best performances of the season, saving 15 shots.
Statesboro will either host South Effingham or travel to Wayne County April 23 for the region championship.
Devils split at region tourney
Facing off against Cross Creek in the Region 3-AAAA playoffs, Statesboro didn’t start things off well.
The Blue Devils dropped their first game 10-0, but bounced back to win the tail end of Thursday’s doubleheader by a score of 3-2 to keep their season alive.
Six errors contributed to SHS ace Tyler Brown taking the loss in the opener before Jordan Finch came up big for his team in the second
Finch allowed a home run in the first inning, but had little issue the rest of the way as he went the distance to pick up the win.
W.C. Hodges gave Statesboro the lead with a two-run double and the Devils never looked back.
A third and decisive game is tentatively scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. at Cross Creek.
The winner will advance to the region semifinals and clinch a spot in the Class AAAA state playoffs.
Statesboro keep rolling
The Statesboro boys entered the Region 3-AAAA tournament with some offensive questions, but everything has come easy so far.
The Blue Devils dispatched Hephzibah earlier in the week and defeated the Academy of Richmond County on penalty kicks Thursday to advance to next week’s region championship game.
The teams battled to a 0-0 draw through the first half before ARC knocked the ball into its own net off of an SHS corner midway through the second half. ARC responded quickly, finding the net on a free kick.
Regulation time and two overtime periods couldn’t produce another goal, sending the teams to a shootout.
Gamecocks send 21 to sectionals
DUBLIN — The Screven County Lady Gamecocks tied with Laney for the 2013 Region 3-AA track and field championship on Thursday, while the boys finished second.
The East Laurens boys edged SCHS for the championship.
Screven County will compete in 21 events in the state sectionals.
In addition to the 12 events Screven qualified for during Wednesday's field events, the Gamecocks got first-place finishes from Quan Smith (800 meters), Devaughn Bryant (300m hurdles), Nick Green (3200) and the 4x400 relay team on Thursday .
Also qualifying were Tyler Williams (200), Bryant (800), Courtney Roberts (100, 200), Corinne Doolittle (400), Vaneisha Lawton (300 hurdles) and the 4x100 relay team.