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Yellow Jackets top Redskins
Redskin Thermon Gaines makes a valiant scoring attempt in a recent game as Willie Harris stands by. - photo by Shannon Jarell

The Bryan County Redskins and the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets faced each other again on Dec. 11. Their first matchup, last week, was in Brooklet. This time, the Redskins were on their home court and hoping for a different outcome. Unfortunately for the Skins, it was not to be as the Yellow Jackets handed them a 71-46 loss, adding to the Skins’ winless season thus far.

Playing some of their best ball of the season in the first half, Bryan County let the boys from Brooklet know right from the tip-off that, if they wanted to get a win on this night, they were going to have to earn it. Bryan County’s defensive quickness forced several turnovers that gave them some momentum, and the Redskin offense showed some maturity as they worked the ball around the perimeter while looking for their best shot. The two teams’ battled back and forth, but Bryan County kept the momentum going and the home crowd had plenty to cheer about when the Redskins went in with the halftime with a 27-24 lead.

The hometown excitement quickly faded as the second half found Southeast Bulloch getting the scoring started with several three-pointers. Willie Harris, not one to go down without a fight, found the basket on three consecutive shots to give Bryan County their first six points of the second half. Despite his valiant effort, the Skins soon found themselves down by eight points.

Continuing to hustle, the Redskins found themselves getting deeper into the scoring hole as the Yellow Jackets dug deep and found some extra effort themselves, relying heavily on their center James Scott, who finished the night with 24 points including bombing in some three pointers along the way. The Skins were unable to dig themselves out of their deficit as the final buzzer rang.

Winston Johnson led Bryan County in scoring with 14 points. Justin Harrison followed by pumping in 11 points and going 4-4 at the free throw line.

The Lady Skins also saw action against Southeast Bulloch, but wound up on the short end of this 39-28 contest to add to their thus far winless season. Continuing to work with first year coach, Mario Mincey, the Bryan County girls are developing some improvement in teamwork, but poor shooting ability continues to haunt the Lady Skins. The leading scorers for the girls team was Brittany Slater with 11 points and Tara Miles with 7 points.

On Dec. 8, the Redskin boys played South Effingham, losing 49-39. Winston Johnson led Bryan County with 21 points. Justin Bostick scored 9 points and also led the defense with 7 rebounds while Arsenio Key scored 7 points. That same night, SEHS beat the Lady Skins 50-29. Samantha Howard led with 11 points while Alexis Buster scored 4.

Bryan County played at Jenkins County last night and host ECI tonight. Look for details in the next issue.

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