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Lady Redskins back in Class AA Sweet 16
Bryan County High Schools Julianne Brown (32) floats up a jumper during the Lady Redskins 62-31 win over visiting Westside Augusta in the first round of the girls state Class AA tournament on Friday in Pembroke. - photo by Photo by Bryan Browning

Because they took on South Atlanta too late Wednesday for the News’ press deadline, by the time you read this story the Bryan County High School Lady Redskins will either be in the girls state Class AA Elite 8 or they’ll be getting ready to turn in their basketball uniforms.

Either way, BCHS (23-4) sealed a spot to the Sweet 16 with the team’s 62-31 win over Westside Augusta on Friday night in Pembroke.

Predictably, Lady Redskins’ coach Mario Mincey credited defense with the win.

"We were able to force some turnovers and get into the open floor," Mincey said.

Also predictably, that translated into offense, led by standout seniors Julianne Brown, who had 20 points, and Yasmine Crawford, who chipped in 13 while yanking down eight rebounds.

Mincey also praised the play of Alayna Williams and Shelby Gunn, who combined for 20 points as BCHS earned an appearance in the Class AA Sweet 16.

Before Wednesday’s game, Mincey said it was business as usual for his girls.

"We are treating this as just another game and not getting to hyped just because this is the Sweet 16," the coach said. "We want to go out and play hard like we have done all season."

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