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SHS Devils roll past Lady Eagles
Statesboro to battle McIntosh County Academy tonight at 8
Statesboro High's Monnette Bennett, left, fends off Jenkins County's Tashe McClain as she gets a put-back score in the second quarter Monday night. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff
    For the second straight game, the Lady Blue Devils of Statesboro dominated an opponent.
    This time it was Jenkins County who was the brunt of the beating, as SHS (2-0) outscored the Lady Eagles 37-10 in the second half on its way to a 64-29 win in the opening round of the Ladies Night Out Tournament Monday.
    The Lady Devils led by just 11 after one quarter, but drought after scoring drought for Jenkins County (0-1) widened the gap further and further.
    “We’re still doing a good job on cutting off the basketball, we look better on offense as far as executing our plays and we looked real good in transition tonight,” said Statesboro coach Jeff Seier. “We just played a really good ball game.”
    Jenkins County went over three minutes without a point to start the second quarter and went at least one minute in between field goals in the second period.
    Meanwhile, SHS continued to score at will. Monnette Bennett led all scorers with nine in the period, followed by Gwen Jones’ five. Bennett finished with 18 points, seven rebounds, five assists and a block.
    The story of the night, however, was Tiffany Lee. The senior forward had 13 points, four rebounds and four steals. She also shot 3-for-5 from the line.
    “Tiffany’s just the type of player that’s very good in transition,” said Seier. “As long as the ball’s being pushed up the court and it’s an open court that’s kind of the game she excels in. That’s what we look for her to do, and she did a great, great job tonight.”
    Eight different Lady Devils found the basket Monday night. Mikell finished with nine and Jalissa Goodwin put in six off the bench.
    Jenkins County just couldn’t find the bucket after the first half.
    The Lady Eagles went eight minutes without a basket at one point, turned the ball over 13 times and shot 2 of 9 from the charity stripe.
    “Rusty,” said JCHS coach Randy Cooper of his team’s first game of the season. “A little out of shape. We need to work on conditioning and fundamentals. That’s one thing we need to work on really bad.”
    Tashe McClair led JC with 10 points while Nicole Smith added eight.

MCA 61,
Camden County 57
    McIntosh County Academy opened the Ladies Night Out Tournament with a 61-57 thriller over Camden County.
    The two squads were tied at 49 with five minutes to go in regulation, but the Lady Buccaneers of MCA pulled away and held on for the win.
    Camden trailed 27-26 at halftime put opened the third quarter with a 10-3 run. McIntosh responded with a 16-4 spurt to close out the period  and led by six after three.
    Camden will face Screven County today at 5 p.m. while MCA will take on Statesboro in the nightcap at 8 p.m.             Lincoln County and Jenkins County will meet in between.
    Chad Bishop can be reached at (912) 489-9408.