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High school basketball roundup

POSTED: December 6, 2017 1:06 p.m.

The Richmond Hill boys’ and girls’ basketball teams both won at Liberty County Tuesday night, while Bryan County dropped both games at Metter.

The Wildcat girls’ team improved to 5-1 on the season with a 44-22 win at Liberty County and a 57-47 victory at South Effingham last Friday.

“We got off to a bit of a slow start and turned the ball over quite a bit in the first half,” Coach Sarah Jones said about Tuesday's game. “I thought we played very well in the third quarter and that’s where we really increased our lead. We were more aggressive defensively and our press created some turnovers which led to some easy baskets for us. I’d like to see us set that type of tempo from the beginning of the game.”

Hannah Yontz led the team with 15 points and Danika Boyd added 11 against the Panthers.

The Wildcat boys’ team has now won three consecutive games to even their record on the season at 3-3. Brandon Beckwith had 18 points to lead Richmond Hill to a 69-61 win in Hinesville.

Richmond Hill led by double-digits several times during the game, but let Liberty County get within four late.

"There were stretches last night where I think we played really well (first and third quarters), which is encouraging because it shows that we have the ability to play at a very high level," Coach Bill Henderson said. "We have to get better at playing with the lead and maintaining the same level of play regardless of the circumstances in the game."

Last Friday, the Wildcats beat South Effingham 62-25 behind 17 points from Sheldon Lewis and 11 from Sam James. Lewis hit five three-pointers on the night.

"We still have a long way to go, but I’m pleased with the progress that we’ve made over the last couple of weeks," Henderson added. "I think it is a testament to the work ethic of the players and how they have been pushing themselves and each other to get better every day in practice."

Both teams are at home Saturday against Windsor Forest starting at 5 p.m. The girls beat the Knights 54-13 on Nov. 18 in the South Side Classic, while the boys lost 57-55.

The Bryan County girls’ team suffered its first loss of the season Tuesday, falling 45-33 at Metter. They are now 4-1 overall and 1-1 in Region 2-AA.

The boys’ team is now 2-3, 0-2 in the region, after losing 60-40 at Metter.

Both teams beat Southeast Bulloch Saturday. The girls won 51-17, while the boys won 55-42.

No further information was available on those games.

The Redskins are at Toombs County for region games Friday.

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