The Statesboro High Blue Devils boys and girls varsity basketball teams hosted the Tattnall Warriors in a doubleheader on Saturday evening.
The Statesboro High Lady Blue Devils routed the Tattnall Warriors 66-38. Statesboro beat Tattnal in their last meeting 61-56. It was a back and forth affair between the two teams. This time around, the Blue Devils were in full control from the opening tip. The Lady Devils’ defense stifled the Warriors’ offense all night as they held them to 13 first half points. Statesboro applied a press defense out the gate and forced many turnovers that led to easy baskets.
SHS Girls Head Coach Marty Holder believed that his team had a different mindset since the last meeting with Tattnall. “We felt like if we show up teams are just going to bow down a little bit,” Holder said. “Now we understand that we have to play each and every game like it is our last and these girls have really committed to playing defense the right way.”
Senior Alyssa Staten led the way with 30 points on the night. She was dominant on both ends with several blocks and rebounds. Senior Reya Johnson also chipped in with 19 points of her own.
The girls’ record improves to 4-1 on the season.
In the nightcap, the Statesboro boys team had their way with Tattnall as they won 61-31. The boys won in similar fashion as the girls did with unrelenting defense. The Blue Devils jumped out to a 34-13 lead going into the half.
Statesboro was able to combine a balanced offensive attack with their stellar defense on Saturday night. Ten Blue Devils scored in the game with Senior Kam Mikell and Junior Dartavian Brown finishing with nine points each.
SHS Boys Head Coach Keith Legree highlighted the depth on his team. “Everybody that came in the game, the energy stayed up especially on the defensive end,” Legree said. “We got multiple guys that can create their own shot, make plays and stuff like that. We just got to keep doing it, and keep sharing the basketball.”
The boys’ record improves to 4-0 on the season.
Statesboro will take on the Portal Panthers on Tuesday, December 5th at Georgia Southern’s Hanner Fieldhouse. This will be the Blue Devils’ first game against an opponent from the same county. The girls will be tipping off at 6:00 p.m. with the boys following them at 7:30 p.m.
The boys matchup will be a battle of the unbeatens as both Statesboro and Portal will walk into Hanner Fieldhouse with no losses on the season. The girls will look to keep their momentum going and improve their record to 5-1.