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The Statesboro High Blue Devils (boys) blew past the Swainsboro Tigers, 57-37, Jan. 27, 2015, at home, with Junior, Jaylan Patrick leading the Devils in points.

SHS Devils came out with a mind set to win during the first quarter, which didn’t allow Swainsboro to score for the first three minutes. Swainsboro finally got a chance to get a basket, but the Devils remained ahead and did not stop scoring.

Swainsboro’s number 22, Senior Stephen Howard, came out and worked his way to the basket giving Swainsboro more points to try and obtain the victory. With great defense, Statesboro stayed on their toes and moved around to stop the opponent from getting into the inside lane. The Devils used teamwork and communication which allowed them to remain in the lead through halftime and the third quarter.

With only one quarter left, both teams stepped up their game. The Tigers began to get aggressive on the court, fouling Patrick, the Devils’ number 5, which put him at the free throw line a couple of times. Patrick, a great shooter, knocked a majority of those baskets out. With only a few minutes left on the clock, the Devils and Tigers both scored points, but Statesboro received the victory, handing Swainsboro their first region defeat this season.

Statesboro (13-9/6-4) travels to Effingham to face the Rebels Friday, while the Tigers (12-9/7-1) will host Screven at home in two days.

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By Whitt Van Tassell & Terrell Childs

STATESBORO- January 27, 2015: Senior Tanice Johnson scored 14 points leading the Blue Devils to victory over Swainsboro 45-21, turning the tide on a losing streak.

“It’s all about the practice, it’s all about the work. You’ve just got to practice how you play,” Johnson said.

Swainsboro won tip off, but not much after. The Devils scored first as number 34, KeiSonna Rollins, hit both free throws. The Devils sank a two point shot, and number 35, Briana Jones, hit two more free throws in quick succession, starting the first quarter with a 6 point lead. Swainsboro failed to score in the first quarter, resulting in a 14-0 score at the buzzer.

Swainsboro’s number 32, Dequonia Royal, opened the second quarter with a 3 pointer. Even with the scoring of the points, at the end of the second quarter the Lady Tigers still trailed behind with a score of 22-6.

Swainsboro’s defense stepped up in the 3rd quarter slowing the onslaught of Statesboro baskets. The Lady Blue Devils still managed to up their game with number 11, Lakeeba Redfield scoring two points on a fast break down the court.

SHS’s number 25, Tanice Johnson, was successful with the scoring of two, two point shots at the opening of the fourth quarter. The game took a turn for the worst when Blue Devil number 40, Jaslyn Joseph, hurt her wrist and had to leave the court with only 50 seconds left on the clock.

“She’s had that injury on and off, it’s nothing serious… She’s good,” Statesboro Head Coach Jeff Seier said.

The game wrapped up with Swainsboro’s number 22, Chloe Moore, fouling a Statesboro player, almost removing her shorts. The Devil missed the free throw leaving the final score at 45-21.

“We’ve lost a lot of games in a row… so this was like a comeback for us, we had to win,” Johnson said.

Statesboro (9-13/1-10) travels to Effingham to face the Rebels Friday, while the Tigers (9-10/6-3) will host Screven at home in two days.

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