The Claxton girls’ basketball team scored 17 points in their game Tuesday night against Bryan County. Olanna Rawls had 18 for the Redskins.
Bryan County defeated the Tigers 46-17 to move to 2-0 on the season. Alisha Fabin added eight and Shelby Gunn had seven. Jay Black had 10 rebounds for the Redskins.
“This is a young team with only one senior,” Coach Mario Mincey said. “We have to replace a lot of experience from last year. We were able to get off to a good start because of our defense.”
Mincey’s team last year finished at 24-5 and reached the Elite Eight.
The Redskins forced the Tigers into committing more than a dozen turnovers in the first two quarters with pressure defense. Bryan County led 7-3 after the first quarter, then Rawls took over, scoring 12 points as the Redskins went into halftime with a 28-7 lead.
“We’re so young that our offense sometimes takes a while to find itself,” Mincey said. “But you can always play defense if you play with energy.”
In the season opener against Portal last week, Gunn had 19 points and Rawls had 15 in a 60-28 win.
The Bryan County boys’ team fell 57-42 to Claxton Tuesday after beating Portal 65-59 last week.
JaDarius Porter led the Redskins with 10 points Tuesday night. Bryan County took its only lead of the game, 13-12, on a tip-in by Traivaun Sanders with 6:35 left in the second quarter. Claxton, however, responded with a 17-0 run and led 33-16 at the half.
“It’s tough to come back from a 17-0 run,” Redskins Coach Brent Anderson said. “We’re still trying to figure out who fits where in our lineup.”
Against Portal, the Redskins were led by Jaylin James with 19 points and got 13 from Antonio Johnson.
Bryan County hosts Jeff Davis in a Region 2-AA matchup Friday.
The Richmond Hill boys’ basketball team notched its first win of the year last week with a 41-39 win at Tattnall County. Sam James led the Wildcats with 12 points. They are now 1-3 on the year.
The Richmond Hill girls’ team, 3-1, suffered its first loss at Tattnall, 60-41.
Both teams are at South Effingham Friday night.