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South Brunswick High School’s Lady Cougar rally stuns South Columbus Friday

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

SOUTHPORT—South Brunswick’s Christina Deveney hit a 3-pointer with 27 seconds left and Brittany Spivey made two free throws with 21.2 seconds left to force overtime, and then Deveney scored all seven of the Cougars’ final points in a 49-44 victory Friday over South Columbus.

Deveney, who scored two points in the first half, hit three 3-pointers and finished with a team-high 20 points. She also had 10 rebounds. Spivey hit three 3-pointers and finished with 13 points in the conference game.

Rose Coley scored nine points, Meagan Spivey four, Shatiqua Smith two and Katlyn Ray one as South won for the first time in the conference this season (1-2, 6-8 overall).

South trailed 22-14 at the half, but 3-pointers by the Spiveys and Deveney, and a basket by Coley cut the South Columbus lead to 29-25 with two minutes left in the quarter.

A 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter by Coley gave the Cougars a 33-31 lead, but South went scoreless for 4:30 as the Stallions outscored South 9-0 for a 40-33 lead with 1:52 left.

The Cougars trailed 42-35 when Meagan Spivey scored with 53 seconds left. After South Columbus missed two free throws with 42.8 seconds left, Deveney sank the 3-pointer with 27 seconds left. Brittany Spivey then stole the ball and was fouled as she attempted a layup with 21.2 seconds left. She made the first free throw and, after South Columbus called time, she made the second to tie the score. South Columbus was unable to attempt a shot in the remaining time.

With South Columbus center Amanda Dowe having fouled out, Deveney dominated the overtime. She hit 5-of-6 free throws and one field goal in outscoring the Stallions 7-2. The Stallions scored their only points with 30 seconds left.

Deveney’s performance was a carryover from the previous night, in which she scored 22 points in a 60-37 loss to East Columbus.

SOUTH BOYS 54

S. COLUMBUS 45

SOUTHPORT—Ervin Hall hit four 3-pointers and scored 19 points as South Brunswick beat South Columbus 54-45 in the conference game Friday.

Joey Hines and A.J. Ferugson each 12 points. Edward McNeil had six points, Rashawn Jenkins four and Montez Lennon one as South improved to 2-1 in the conference, 10-5 overall.

South led 7-0 and held the Stallions to two free throws in the first quarter, but by halftime the lead was 20-17.

A three-point play by Hall and his 3-pointer from the right wing put the Cougars ahead 28-20 in the third quarter.

A baskets by Hines, two free throws by McNeil and a free throw by Lennon gave the Cougars a 33-22 lead with 3:01 left in the quarter.

South Columbus rallied and cut the lead to 43-41 with 3:28 left in the game.

Hall then hit the shot of the game. Holding the ball on the right wing and with little defensive pressure from the Stallions, Hall hesitated and then swished a 3-pointer with three minutes left for a five-point lead.

After the Stallions missed a shot, Hines got the rebound and eventually scored, putting the Cougars ahead 48-41.

The Stallions cut the lead to 48-44 on a 3-pointer, but with 1:44 left Ferguson made two free throws.

A basket by Hines gave South a 52-45 lead, and after the Stallions missed two free throws with 46 seconds left, Hines made two free throws with 18 seconds left.

MICHAEL PAUL is the sports editor at the Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or at sports@brunswickbeacon.com.