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Lady Mustangs take advantage of easy breather
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Layne Graf played a large role in the win over Bryan County. - photo by Photo by Pat Donahue

The South Effingham Lady Mustangs basketball team got the breather they needed Saturday afternoon.

Just hours after their dramatic win over Richmond Hill on Friday night, the Lady Mustangs made quick work of the Bryan County Lady Redskins, rolling to a 50-29 victory.

“I kept trying to preach to them, when you’re 30 points better, you need to beat them,” Lady Mustangs coach Stacey Womack said of her talk with her players. “Last year, we would have let them hang around or we would have lost to them.”

Last season, the Lady Mustangs thumped Bryan County in their first meeting but lost to the Lady Redskins in overtime in the second game. It was one of only three wins for Bryan County last year.

“It was definitely good revenge,” Womack said. “Last year, we let teams like that hang around.”

South Effingham (4-3) jumped out to a 7-0 lead, holding Bryan County scoreless in the first quarter, and took a 21-11 lead into halftime. That wasn’t good enough for Womack.

“At halftime, I got on to them,” she said. “We came out on fire.”

Layne Graf, subbing for an injured Katie Durrence, led the Lady Mustangs with 10 points. Graf could be in the lineup for a while, if Durrence’s injury is serious.

“I’m just very, very impressed with the job Layne Graf has done,” Womack said.

Ten different Lady Mustangs scored and everybody got into the game. Candice Kennedy added seven points, Ciara Knowles, Iesha Reese and Whitney Jones each had five points, Whitney Parrish, Brittany Davis and Alexis Mercer each had four points, Tiffany Burch had three points and Gabrielle Wright had one point.

After Friday night’s game, and a quick turnaround for Saturday’s 3 p.m. tipoff, Womack was glad to be able to get her entire roster a lot of playing time.

“It was a success for everybody all the way around,” she said.

The Lady Mustangs will travel to Bluffton (S.C.) tonight for a game that was originally scheduled to be a home game and will host Wayne County on Friday night in a non-region game.