Turner Sweeps Region Championships

Ashburn was the place to be for the Region 2-A championship Saturday as the both the Turner County Lady Rebels and Rebels would play for the fourth consecutive region title in front of a packed house at the Ronalda Pierce Memorial Gym.

Photo: Jessica Peters/SGSN

Mylasha Yancey scored enough to raise her tally to 2166 career points. She trails all-time Turner County leader Ronalda Pierce who leads with 2200. Photo: Jessica Peters/SGSN

The Lady Rebels were up first and they would play the Telfair County Lady Trojans. The visitors from McRae had played the Lady Rebels fairly close in two prior meetings during the regular season. But the Lady Rebels quickly showed that they are one of the favorites to win the Class A state championship by jumping out to a 23-5 first quarter lead. They lead 36-19 at halftime and all that was left was playing out two quarters and a fourth consecutive region title would belong to head coach Tasha Kimble and her team. That is exactly what happened as they rolled to a 64-38 victory over the Lady Trojans (17-9).  The Lady Rebels have lost one region game in the past four years.

Senior Mylashia Yancey, who is averaging close to 26 points per game, finished with a game high 23 points. Also scoring in double figures was Zakiyah Office with 15 points and Xariah Office with 10 points.
In the nightcap, the Rebels would host Clinch County. The Panthers and the Rebels split their two regular season games, with the Panthers squeaking by the Rebels down in Homerville just a week ago. This would be a back and forth game as neither team would be able to pull away. The Rebels led 30-28 at halftime in a very tense first half with crowds for both teams very much into the game. The Rebels used a strong third quarter to build a ten point lead after three quarters and though the Panthers had cut it to five with two minutes remaining, the Rebels were able to hold on and win their fourth consecutive region title, winning 69-59.
Terry led the Rebels offense with 18 points in the victory. Photo: Jessica Peters/SGSN

Terry led the Rebels offense with 18 points in the victory. Photo: Jessica Peters/SGSN

It was a balanced attack for the Rebels as junior Tamorrion Terry led all scorers with 18 points. Briand Wynn and Tyler Moore both had strong games at guard as they both tallied 16 points in the winning effort.

Now both teams will sit and wait until the GHSA releases the final power rankings on Tuesday. The Lady Rebels (27-0) have been the top seed for weeks and will enter the playoffs as the top overall seed. The Rebels (21-6) were fourth last week but a team ranked above them, Wilkinson County, lost Saturday night. Either way, both the Rebels and Lady Rebels will host a playoff game next weekend in Ashburn. Information will be announced by the school on Wednesday.

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