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Lady Mustangs improve to 8-7
Melanie Zeigler
South Effingham’s Melanie Zeigler (33) hauls in a rebound Saturday. She is surrounded by teammate Destinee Owens (23) and Effingham County’s Kalyce Watson, Mallory Johnson (2), DeAndra’ Williams (21), Lakota Powell (13) and Jania Taylor (22). - photo by Mark Lastinger/staff

SPRINGFIELD — The South Effingham girls basketball team returned to the win column with a 47-18 win over Effingham County on Saturday.

The Lady Mustangs’ Melanie Zeigler led all scorers with 16 points.

South Effingham was riding a three-game losing streak but came ready to play despite having just four practices the week before. 

"I was impressed," Lady Mustangs head coach Jenifer Hall said. "We were a little sluggish but we finally got the ball rolling in the second half. Their intensity picked up during the second half."

Leading 16-11 at the break, Hall said her team focused on finding different ways to score and the revised game plan paid off. 

"We talked about changing up the offense and picking up the pace," Hall said. 

The Lady Mustangs improved to 8-7 but their biggest test is yet to come. There has been no drop-off this year in Region 2-AAAAA foes Statesboro and Wayne County.

Statesboro is aiming to claim another region title and Wayne County remained undefeated as of Saturday.

South Effingham will test their luck against Wayne County on the road Friday night.