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High school basketball roundup

POSTED: January 3, 2018 12:10 p.m.

The Richmond Hill boys’ basketball team beat Glynn Academy 74-66 in quadruple overtime Tuesday night to open Region 2-AAAAAA play. The Wildcats have now won five consecutive games, including wins over Beach High and Savannah High last Thursday and Friday in the Richmond Hill Holiday Classic.

Tuesday’s game was tied at 48 apiece at the end of regulation. Sheldon Lewis led the Wildcats with 22 points, while Sam James had 18 and 11 rebounds. Justin Jeffery and Eric Jones each had 11 points.

Richmond Hill, now 9-5 overall and 1-0 in the region, is at Effingham County Friday night.

The Bryan County girls’ team has also won five in a row, picking up wins against May River and Windsor Forest in the Savannah Christian holiday tournament. Sophomore Olonna Rawls is averaging 26 points and 7.5 rebounds for the Redskins.

“I was proud of this group picking up those two wins,” Coach Mario Mincey said. “We have a tough stretch of region games coming up and have to continue to play hard.”

Bryan County, 11-2 overall and 3-2 in Region 2-AA, is at Jeff Davis Friday.

The Bryan County boys’ team split its games last week at the Vidalia holiday tournament, dropping a 73-45 decision to Pierce County and beating Appling County 52-51.

“We went to this tournament to play some teams we would not see during the regular season,” Redskins Coach Brent Anderson said. “We ended up playing two larger schools and the competition was really tough. Getting a win in a close ballgame tells you a lot about where we have come as a group.”

The Richmond Hill girls’ team fell 52-43 at Glynn Academy Tuesday night. They are now 9-5 overall and 0-1 in the region. The Wildcats beat Savannah High 32-17 and fell to Camden County 41-37 in the Richmond Hill Holiday Classic last week.

“The Camden County game was probably the most consistent and complete game we have played all season,” Coach Sarah Jones said. “The game was close the entire time, and even with the turnovers and some offensive rebounds we gave up, we still gave ourselves a chance to win at the end. We just have to find a way to finish at the end of games, especially at the free throw line. Playing consistently from the jump until the final buzzer and finishing out each game is going to be key for us to being successful in region play.”

Jaxson Douglas and Danika Boyd each had 10 points Tuesday night, while Kirra Perry had 10 points against Camden County. Douglas also scored 10 against Savannah. 

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