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Prep Roundup: Hires honored, Lady Skins get key win
Former Richmond Hill High School basketball coach Jimmy Hires, left, was honored at Saturdays basketball game at RHHS. Hires, shown with his wife Libby, also a teacher, won more than 600 games and three state titles while at RHHS, the last title in 1994. Hires is being inducted into the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame this year. - photo by Bryan Browning

Lady Redskins get key win
The Bryan County High School Lady Redskins (10-12, 6-6) pulled out a 38-35 overtime win over Jeff Davis in a key Region 2-AA matchup on Friday in Hazelhurst.
“We have lost a couple of close games this season and it was nice to be on the winning end when it was all said and done,” BCHS coach Mario Mincey said.. “This was also big because Jeff Davis is the No. 2 (seed) on the other side of our region.”
The Lady Redskins got 10 points, two steals and seven rebounds from Julianne Brown and 10 points, three steals and two assists from Brianna Smith. Yaz Crawford and Rita Ivey combined for 14 rebounds and “turned in solid defensive efforts,” Mincey said.
The Lady Redskins didn’t fare as well Saturday, falling 52-29 to Southeast Bulloch in Pembroke.
“We played well in the first half but in the second half SEB’s seniors took over,” Mincey said. “Their senior guard and senior forward combined for 36 of the team’s 52 points.”
Despite that, “I told the team this game does not factor into what we need to do as far as region play,” Mincey said. “We have three region games left this season. If we can play well we could be the No. 2 or 3 team going into the region tournament.”
Speaking of tournaments, Bryan County Middle School’s boys and girls teams begin their quest for region titles this week, if weather permits. Both teams are No. 2 seeds. The girls face Emanuel County Institute in Metter on Thursday while the boys tangle with Metter on Friday in Jenkins County.
“I have been really proud of coach (Cassandra) Donaldson and coach (Cindy) Bennett for getting the girls to play hard together,” Mincey said. “They had to replace their entire starting five from last year’s region championship game. I think they can possibily get back to the title game and have a shot to win it all again.”
The boys also have a shot, he said, in a competitive region.
“Myself and coach Allen Wallace are extremely proud of the boys’ team,” Mincey said. “This team also had to replace all five starters from last year’s region runner up team. We look forward to the challenge of trying to get back to the championship game. It will be tough but the boys have worked so hard and I am proud of them.”

Wildcats down SEHS
Richmond Hill High School split with South Effingham in a basketball doubleheader on a night when coaching icon Jimmy Hires and the boys’ 1993-1994 state title teams were honored.
The Wildcats downed the Mustangs 80-75 to improve to 6-15 overall. The Lady Wildcats fell 49-33 to fall to 14-7 overall.

— staff report

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