Effingham County dominated region 3-AAAAA this year in both boys and girls basketball.
The WTOC Players of the Week, Kyesha Lewis and Jakeenan Gant, both play for the Rebels and each team won more than 20 games this season.
They talk about what they do to help their teams win. "Playing team ball, drawing the defense so they can double team me, so my teammates get open, and knocking down shots and just playing for my team," said Gant.
Lewis added, "We try to come out on top on all the short games, helping my team to key victories, making good decisions in games so they can get through it."
Lewis led the Lady Rebels to wins against Bradwell and Richmond Hill last week, scoring 39 points and pulling down 23 rebounds in the two games. She talks about what she contributes to the team. "Shooting and posting, mostly closer to the basket," said Lewis. "I like to stay down low on the post, sometimes. I'm strong so I do that a lot." Coach Curtis Stevens added, "She's a team player, the ultimate team player, and she makes the right basketball play. If the right play is to make a pass she'll make the right pass. If the play dictates for her to score, then she will score the ball as well. She's becoming a really talented all around basketball player."
Gant had 30 points in the two blowout wins against the Tigers and Wildcats. But he's much more than just a scorer for the Rebels. "Block shots, getting down and block shots, help my teammates out," said Gant. "I think his biggest advantage is that he is so multi-talented," said head coach Donnie Arrington. "He can do a lot of things. He can post up around the basket. Shoots the ball really well, he's got our best 3-point percentage, he's avearaging over 5 blocks a game. He can just do a lot of things well."
Both teams will be in action Wednesday night in the Region 3-AAAAA Tournament in Springfield. The girls play Groves at 6:30 and the boys take on the Scottish Rebels in an 8:00 game.