Effingham County High School

Lady Rebels rally past Lady Blue Devils

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February 3, 2016

By Patrick Donahue

As important as the offense Te’shauna Johnson provided in her career-best scoring night, it was her defense that helped save the day against Statesboro. Johnson had two late steals, and the Effingham Lady Rebels held on for a 54-52 win Friday night. With the win, the Lady Rebels improved to 15-8 on the year and 8-4 in the Region 3-AAAAA basketball standings. Johnson finished with 21 points, and her three-point play after a Sam Johnson steal put the Lady Rebels ahead 50-48. “I was so happy for her, said Lady Rebels coach Katy Fleming of Te’Shauna Johnson. “She played great. I didn’t start her, and maybe that was a little bit of motivation. I don’t know. But I liked it, and I’m so proud of her. She busted her butt. Statesboro led 48-43 after Da’yonna Henry’s baseline drive early in the fourth quarter. The Lady Blue Devils went back in front 52-50 on two Henry free throws with 2:06 to play. After Sam Johnson hit one of two free throws, Sam and Te’Shauna Johnson teamed up for a steal, and Te’Shauna Johnson stole the ball with 12 seconds after Alayja Connelly’s two foul shots gave Effingham the lead. Fleming was heartened to see her team rally from two fourth-quarter deficits. “They decided that their heart and intensity and desire were going to take over at that point, she said. “I was so happy we got the steals that created either the fouls or the layups we needed to win the game. There were some times we took bad shots and gave up some layups, but we found a way to come back and win it through what I felt was their heart and desire. Senior forward Jaslyn Joseph led Statesboro with 14 points, and Henry and Staysha Everett each added nine. Statesboro’s size concerned Fleming, who countered with senior Jada Hurst. “We used our bench so much tonight, the coach said. “Jada Hurst was big. She doesn’t play a lot but she did a jam-up job. The Lady Rebels turned the ball over 26 times but had 23 steals, with Te’Shauna Johnson collecting six. The Lady Rebels were just 1-of-10 from 3-point range. Te’Shauna Johnson had 12 of her 21 points in the second quarter as Effingham forged a 27-19 halftime lead. Makayla Robinson chipped in 17 points, Shaquira Johnson had six, Ari Bartley added five, Connelly and Jaylen Wallace had two points each and Sam Johnson finished with one point. Shaquira Johnson also had four blocked shots. The Lady Rebels routed Richmond Hill 67-46 last Tuesday, behind 28 points from Robinson. The senior guard hit four 3-pointers and compiled 13 rebounds and seven steals. Shaquira Johnson poured in 12 points, Te’Shauna Johnson contributed 10, Connelly finished with four, Wallace and Jaliah Johnson had three points each, Bartley, Emma Hartzog and Anna Rafter had two points each and Sam Johnson added one point. Effingham concludes the regular season Friday night against South Effingham.

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