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With regular season over, it's do or die for Effingham County teams
The Lady Rebels' Aliyah Goethe (center) battles Lady Pirates Khamiyah Blackshear (left) and Keya Daniels for a rebound Friday. Effingham County's Jasmine Kennedy looks on nearby. - photo by Mark Lastinger/staff

SPRINGFIELD -- Effingham County's basketball teams ended the regular season Friday night with tough losses to Region 2-AAAAAA foe Brunswick. If they lose their next games, their season will be over for good.

The Lady Rebels and Rebels face Region 2-AAAAAA tournament play-in games Monday at Glynn Academy at 5 and 6:30 p.m., respectively.  

Girls coach Katy Fleming likes her team's chances of advancing despite Friday's 55-44 loss to Brunswick, the tourney's top seed and host. The event starts Wednesday.

"If we play like we did tonight --  I mean we were right there," she said. "If a few things go our way and  a few shots fall ..."

Brunswick won the boys game 60-50 by taking advantage of a depth advantage. Rebel starters Trevon Wilkinson, Samari Westbrook, Demario Gant and Tydarius Fish fouled out.

See the Feb. 7 edition of the Effingham Herald for more details.