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Rebels out to turn table on Pirates
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The Brunswick Pirates got their first Region 3-AAAA win of the basketball season against the Effingham County Rebels two weeks ago.

The Rebels would like nothing better than to return the favor.

Brunswick topped the Rebels 55-53 on Jan. 11 in Brunswick.

“We know we match up well with Brunswick,” Rebels coach Travis Dickey said. “It’s tough to go down there and win. We had every opportunity to win, and we let it get away from us.”

What Dickey wants from his Rebels is more offense. Savannah Country Day held Effingham (5-13) to 19 second-half points in a 54-42 Hornets win Tuesday night.

“We’re struggling to score points,” he said. “We’re going to have to put some points on the board.”

The Hornets expanded a three-point halftime lead to hold off the Rebels and used their rebounding advantage to maintain their cushion.

“Savannah Country Day is a very fundamentally sound team,” Dickey said. “They don’t make many mistakes. They played a good basketball game last night. We gave up too many rebounds and they played solid defense.”

Rebels guard Perry Herbert had 21 points after getting held to eight by Wayne County last Friday night. He had 19 of that total in the second and third quarters, hitting three quick 3-pointers in the third, but the Hornets held him scoreless in the fourth.

“He got hot in the third quarter,” Dickey said. “He managed more open looks. We had trouble getting him going in the first and fourth quarters.”

Steven Tarpley picked up two fouls early in the game and had to sit out the rest of the first half. That put Herbert at the point and he was eventually able to penetrate the SCD defense, but the Hornets later put the clamps on him.

Nolan Spake and Darryl Wright each had eight points for the Rebels. Bradley Jones led three Hornets in double figures with 18 points.

In the girls game, Katherine Dotson had 13 points and 10 boards and Katelyn Hilliard added 11 points as the Lady Hornets downed the Lady Rebels 37-21.