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Laney girls basketball uses big second half to beat Hephzibah

Laney 64, Hephzibah 50

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Destiny Brewton’s ankle was hurting. Again.

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Laney's Destiny Brewton battles Hephzibah's Shashana Miller for a loose ball during Tuesday's game.  TODD BENNETT/STAFF
Laney's Destiny Brewton battles Hephzibah's Shashana Miller for a loose ball during Tuesday's game.

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She had rolled it in a scrimmage, but Tuesday night was not the time for it to still be bothering her. She had to drive. She had to defend and distribute, too.

Despite playing at less than 100 percent, Brewton scored 17 of her game-high 23 points in the second half as the Laney girls pulled away for a 64-50 win against Hephzibah Tuesday at Glenn Hills in the 100 Black Women of Augusta Tip-Off Classic.

“We played Hephzibah like they were just a regular team, but they came ready to play us,” said Brewton, who was limping after the game. “They were winning because they were out-hustling us.”

Trailing 30-28 at the half, the Lady Wildcats (3-0) woke up in the last two quarters. Wynetta Wright took rebounds, Aliyah Collier had steals and Brewton drove the lane.

The trio helped Laney go on a 16-0 run that started late in the third and lasted more than five minutes into the fourth quarter.

Hephzibah didn’t score a fourth-quarter point until Shannon Wimberly made a shot with 2:55 to go in the game. By then, it was over.

“We were rushing,” Laney coach Otis Smart said. “Finally, in the second half, Destiny, Wynetta and Collier took over.”

With the turnaround, Laney’s struggles from the first half were long finished. Back then, Lady Rebels guard Shashana Miller tied the game at 24 after her team fell behind 19-9. Teammate Emani Mayo gave Hephzibah (1-2) the lead a little later at 28-26 when the Lady Rebels again beat the press.

But Brewton and Laney settled in for the final two quarters.

“Everyone had to step it up,” she said. “Everybody had to crash the boards. ... I had to do what I got to do to win.”

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