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3s, free throws carry Lady Pirates
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Kyana Barber goes up against Brunswick in Friday night's loss. - photo by Photo by Pat Donahue

The Brunswick Lady Pirates were hot from the 3-point line and the free throw line and held off the Effingham County Lady Rebels for a 47-38 Region 3-AAAA basketball win Friday night.

The Lady Pirates (5-12, 2-3) combined for seven 3-pointers and were 18 of 25 from the free throw line. They only had four 2-point baskets in the game.

Brunswick never trailed in the game, grabbing a quick seven-point lead behind nine straight points from Jessica Roberts. Roberts drained five 3s on the night and finished with 20 points.

Effingham (11-7, 3-2) trailed 19-12 at the halftime and were down as much as nine in the first half after Zandra Green’s layup to open the second quarter. But the Lady Rebels clawed back into the game, as Marie Fogle drained a 3 in her first game back in nearly three weeks. Fogle’s trey tied the game 20-20 with 3:06 to play in the third quarter.

Brunswick responded, as Roberts nailed another 3 for a 25-20 advantage before Sierra Goldwire’s 3-pointer just before the buzzer brought the Lady Rebels within two points again.

That was as close as the Lady Rebels got, as the Lady Pirates ripped off eight straight points to start the fourth, starting with consecutive 3-pointers and Green’s layup on a 3-on-1 fast break.

Roberts’ final 3-pointer gave Brunswick its biggest lead, a 10-point cushion, with 3:26 left.

Goldwire’s 3-pointer with 1:24 to go cut the gap to 38-33. But the Lady Pirates were 11 of 12 from the free throw line in the last 1:35 of the game. Green was 7 of 8 from the line in the final quarter and had 15 of her 19 points in the period.

Goldwire topped the Lady Rebels with 15 points. Kyana Barber scored seven points, Shatika Flowers scored six points on two 3-pointers and Fogle finished with six points. Jasmine Wallace and Amanda Young each had two points.