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December 9, 2013

Double sweep starts off season for Rebels

ASHBURN — The Turner County Rebels and Lady Rebels opened the 2013-14 season with two big region wins over the weekend at Echols County and Wilcox County.

After losing five seniors and four starters, coach Tasha Kimble is getting the chance to see plenty of new faces. The game started sluggish for both teams, but the Lady Rebels had a 13-7 lead after the 1st quarter. That increased to 31-11 at the half, led by 9 points from Keyanna Dawson. In the 2nd half, Echols started chipping away at the lead and got it down to 7 with 4 minutes to go.

Turner then switched to a full-court press and went on an 8-1 run to end the game, 55-41. Yancey led all scorers with 21 points, 11 in the 4th quarter.  Taylor Daniels added 13 points, plus 18 rebounds. Dawson scored 9.

Saturday, they traveled up to Rochelle to play arch-rival Wilcox. The Lady Rebels had an 11-2 lead after 1 quarter and were up 16-4 at halftime. They went on to outscore them 21-10 in the 2nd half for a 37-10 win. Yancey again led with 16, with Daniels adding 10 points and 15 rebounds.

Tyrone Kellogg's boys return several players this season, though he lost five seniors from last year's crew. He has four this season. Down in Statenville, they took a 46-17 halftime lead on Echols County after a 26-9 2nd quarter. The Wildcats scored 16 in the 3rd, but were no match for the Rebels' offense. Turner won, 85-34.

Malik Brown paced the team with 14 points. He had help from Quan Hillmon (12), Tamarrion Terry (10) and Briand Wynn (10).

Saturday in Wilcox was much of the same for Turner. Against one of the state's top teams a year ago, they went up 31-12 after a quarter. It was 51-30 at the half. Nine of Kellogg's roster of 13 players had at least 3 points in the contest, which turned into a complete rout. The lead was 74-39 after 3 quarters before Wilcox finally was able to cut into the lead, the game ending 83-59.

Nate Martin had 16, Hillmon 14 and Antonio Graddic 10.

Turner's teams, both 2-0, will play the Warner Robins Demons tonight in Ashburn, a contest believed to be the first ever between the two schools. Later this month, the boys will go to Augusta for a Christmas tournament against Aquinas and Keenan, S.C.

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