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SCHS cheerleaders take second in opening meet

With coach Vette Rountree calling it “probably our best first competition ever,” the SCHS Lady Gamecock cheerleaders of Rountree and Mary Helen Harrison took second place from among seven AA teams participating at West Laurens on Sept. 19.
The Red and White will be at Effingham County this Saturday.
Traveling to the site of the Nov. 7 Region 3AA competition, SCHS finished the competition with 225 points (including 10 points of deductions for a fall), second to defending 3AA champion East Laurens’ 244. Close behind in third was another 3AA school, Metter, with 220.
“We had six girls competing for us that have either never competed, or at least never competed at the high school level,” Rountree said. “They did a very good job of keeping their nerves under control. I was very proud of them and the whole team. Our seniors (Sarah Collins, Allison Flanders, Brianna Lucas, Gillian McGalliard and Madison Mitchell) have really stepped up this year and have set a good example for the others to follow”
SCHS came up with its top scores in degree of difficulty for jumps; degree of difficulty for partner stunts/tosses; and routine creativity; all of which came in at 100 percent.
“We kept all five single base stunts in the air with only a slight bobble on one … no deductions,” explained Rountree. “Partner stunts went equally as well. All four groups hit the switch up and full up which are the two hardest skills. We had one group that did not full down out of the stunt, but we will be adding that skill in at practice this week.”
The squad’s biggest downfall came in running tumbling.
“We did not do our best on running tumbling this week,” Rountree said. “Both of our five-point deductions came in this area. In two different passes hit knees on their round-off back-handspring tuck passes.”
All final scores in AA showed East Laurens – 244; SCHS – 235; Metter – 220; Vidalia – 214; Jeff Davis – 189; Bacon County – 183; and Swainsboro -- 173.
“This week in practice, we will work to clean up jumps and the dance,” said Rountree. “We are looking forward to competing in Effingham this weekend and hope to see a lot of Screven County come out to support our cheerleaders.”