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SHS girls take care of business
Statesboro High's Jaslyn Joseph, center, leaps higher than Southeast Bulloch opponents Jaime Brown, left, and Cole Robertson for a rebound during the fourth quarter at Statesboro High during the Ladies Night Out tournament. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff

    The Statesboro High girls got their Thanksgiving celebration off to an early start, feasting on Southeast Bulloch to claim a 65-18 victory Wednesday afternoon at the Devil’s Den.
    The Lady Blue Devils (3-2) had dropped the first two games of their annual Ladies Night Out tournament, but were able to end on a high note against the Lady Yellow Jackets (0-3).
    “This will definitely make the turkey taste a little better,” SHS coach Jeff Seier said. “It was good for us to come out and get a win after the last two nights. We were able to get all of our girls some time on the court and I thought that we executed well.”
    After both squads came out of the gate slow, it was Southeast Bulloch that was able to take a 9-8 lead following the first quarter.
    But that’s where the fun stopped for the Jackets.
    Statesboro began the second quarter on a 15-0 run and outscored SEB 21-3 in the period to build a big halftime lead.
    “We got a little bit flustered,” SEB coach Kristin Barnhill said. “Statesboro was able to crank up the pressure and give us a lot of problems. Teams like Johnson and Beach play like that in our region, so it was a learning experience for our girls. It’s something we need to learn to play against.”
    Keying the Statesboro charge was Tanice Johnson. The senior guard scored 11 of her game-high 16 points in the second quarter and continued her streak of leading the Devils in scoring in every game so far this season.
    “We were a little slow early on,” Seier said. “In the second quarter, our defense started getting some stops. When the defense is playing well, it usually leads to a lot of scoring opportunities and some easier shots for the offense.”
    Things didn’t get much better for the Jackets coming out of the half. Statesboro scored the first eight points of the third quarter, aided by a pair of fastbreak buckets off of SEB turnovers.
    The Devils continued to dominate and the mercy clock was put into action as SHS lead 47-16 following the third quarter. Both teams emptied their benches during the abbreviated six-minute fourth quarter, but SEB’s offense still found no luck, scoring just two more points down the stretch.
    Twin sisters Dashia and Stashia Everett put an exclamation point on the day for the Blue Devils as the pair combined for three steals, two assists and six points in the final quarter.
    Southeast Bulloch will jump right into Region 1-AAA play as it hosts Islands Dec. 2 in Brooklet.  Statesboro returns to action the same night with a Region 3-AAAAA home showdown against South Effingham.

    Mike Anthony may be reached at (912) 489-9408.