The Bryan County boys’ basketball team has been getting in plenty of extra work lately.
The Redskins played three overtime games in five days, going 2-1 in that span. Their most-recent barnburner was a 68-63 loss to Benedictine on Tuesday at home, which followed a 91-77 win over Jeff Davis on Friday in Hazlehurst and 60-57 victory over Screven County on Saturday at home.
Tuesday’s loss, BCHS’s first of the season, put its record at 4-1 overall, including 1-1 in Region 2-AA, going into this weekend’s action.
Against Benedictine, the Redskins had chances to put the game away in the fourth quarter, BCHS head coach Randy Cooper said, but missed two crucial layups in the final 30 seconds.
In overtime, BCHS scored nine points, all on free throws. Benedictine’s Terry Tolbert had eight points in OT himself, including a 6 of 7 showing from the free-throw line.
“We just had too many turnovers,” Cooper said. “Too many turnovers and too many missed layups.”
Isaiah Tillman led BCHS with 22 points. Kimonti Murray had 17 points, and Quran George scored eight.
Friday, the BCHS defense held Jeff Davis without a field goal in the extra session, while the Redskins outscored the Rebels 18-5.
“In overtime, they definitely stepped it up,” Cooper said.
Tillman had a team-high 27 points, including 14 combined in the fourth quarter and overtime. Jaylin James had 25 points, 14 of which came in the fourth quarter and overtime. Murray had 18 points.
Saturday, the Redskins claimed a win in a battle of undefeated teams. Cooper said a change to a pressing defense in the last few minutes turned around a deficit and led to the win.
Murray had 23 points, including six in overtime. Tillman had 16 points.
Also in recent action, the BCHS girls bounced back Tuesday with a 51-37 region win over St. Vincent’s at home to move to 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the region.
Lady Redskins coach Mario Mincey said the team got off to a slow start Tuesday, but kept a slim early lead before the defense got going in the third quarter and helped stretch the lead.
Yaz Crawford had 16 points and 11 rebounds on Tuesday for BCHS, while Julianne Brown had 15 points, six rebounds and three assists. Alayna Williams had 12 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. Kaylin Leggett had six points, three steals and three assists.
Last week, the Lady Redskins dropped a tough 48-45 decision at Jeff Davis on Friday.
“The game had a playoff atmosphere to it,” Mincey said. “And I just hated that we came up a little short. Over the last two years, our games with Jeff Davis have been really close.”
Brown had 19 points, eight rebounds and four steals for BCHS, while Leggett added 10 points, three assists and three steals. Crawford added six points, nine rebounds and three assists. Alyssa Edwards was cited as having a great defensive game.
Saturday, the Lady Redskins got off to a fast start en route to a 57-11 win over Screven County at home.
Brown had 13 points, five rebounds and four steals. Breonna Stringer had nine points and four rebounds. Leggett had eight points and three assists. Williams had six points and five rebounds. And Crawford had six points and eight rebounds.
Bryan County teams play at Long County on Friday.
On Tuesday, the RHHS boys thumped Bradwell 50-31 at Bradwell to move to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in Region 3-AAAAA.
The Wildcats were down 14-9 at the end of the first quarter, but then outscored the Tigers 33-6 over the next two periods.
“In the second and third quarters, we picked up the intensity on the defensive end, and we were able to force some turnovers and get some good looks at the basket,” RHHS coach Bill Henderson said. “Our offensive execution was better as well, and we were much more aggressive, attacking the basket after the first quarter.”
Isaiah Hill had 17 points and two steals for RHHS. Andre Walker had nine points on 4 of 4 shooting. Zane McKenzie had six points, nine rebounds and two blocks. While Jordan Jones had seven rebounds.
Friday, the Wildcats lost a barnburning 81-79 overtime battle with Effingham County at RHHS.
Hill had 22 points, eight assists and six rebounds, while McKenzie had
18 points, 15 rebounds, five blocks and two steals.
Also for RHHS, Walker had 11 points and two steals. Sam James had nine points and three steals. Trey DeLoach had eight points and five rebounds.
Meanwhile, the RHHS girls fell to 0-5 overall and 0-2 in the region with their 42-41 loss at Bradwell on Tuesday.
The Lady Wildcats trailed by 10 points with about five minutes left before getting the deficit down to two points during one stretch. Down three with 11 seconds to go, RHHS got a missed free throw and pushed the ball up the floor for a 3-point attempt, but ended up putting back a missed shot at the buzzer.
“We continue to be in the game at the end of them,” RHHS head coach Sarah Brown said. “We just have to find a way to pull out the win at the end.”
Tiara Gandy had 14 points to lead RHHS. Caitlin Elkins had six points and five rebounds. Hannah Yontz had six points and three blocks, and Nia Dunn had five points and five rebounds.
RHHS girls lost 58-39 to Effingham County on Friday at home. After the visitors jumped out to an 11-4 lead, the Lady Wildcats kept it close until the Rebels went on a 7-0 run to end the first half with a 26-10 lead.
After RHHS closed to 11 down in the second half, Effingham went on another run to close out the game.
“Against a good team, we are going to have to stop those runs in order to keep the game in reach for us at the end,” Brown said.
Jazlyn Martin had
10 points and five rebounds for the Lady Wildcats, while Gandy had eight points and Jamie Bunting scored six. Elkins took down six rebounds.
RHHS hosts South Effingham on Friday, travels to Tattnall County on Saturday and hosts Statesboro next Tuesday.