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Two minutes short, Lady Devils driven by state finals loss

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CUTHBERT, GA (WALB) -

Just two more minutes.

That's all the Randolph-Clay Lady Devils say they needed to win a state title last season.

After falling down early to Gordon-Lee, the Lady Devils staged a furious comeback to close the gap to five.

That was as far as they would come.

After the game, head coach Jennifer Acree told her team they just ran out of time.

"If we could have additional time on the clock at the end of that game, how much time would we need?" Acree remembers asking her team at practice last week. "They told me two minutes."

Acree says falling short is driving this team to make sure that doesn't happen again.

"That's all we really needed," says junior forward Bri Thornton of the two minutes. "So that's what we're doing this run for now. We're trying to get there and we will be there. We just have to make sure each quarter counts."

Randolph-Clay suffered their first loss of the season last week, falling to Monroe. Acree says that loss served as a wake-up call.

Despite losing three starters from the state runner-up team, the Lady Devils are again title favorites.

Mainly because the two returning starters are two of the best players in their respective classes.

The Thornton sisters, Bri and Kobi, have formed one of Georgia's dynamic duos.

Bri, a junior, and Kobi, a sophomore, are drawing Division One offers from all over the country, thanks to the dominance they've showed in the paint.

And the sister act is proving for the best for the Lady Devils.

"We've been playing together ever since C-team when we were in the sixth grade," says Bri.  "We already know how we play. We just know."

"When I get the ball, she knows to find the open area," says Kobi, who threw down a dunk during Thursday's practice. "When she gets the ball, I just go to an open area and hopefully we can score."

After losing the three starters among five seniors, Randolph-Clay is showing that they, as they usually do in Cuthbert, have reloaded.

"We're happy to have what we have, and we just want to put a good competitive team on the floor," says Acree. "No matter what we have, if we have to rebuild or whatever, our goal is still the same, to win a state championship."

"We have our post who run the floor. We have our guards, who make everything happen," says Kobi. "We have what we need. We're just putting in the work."

The Lady Devils take the floor again Friday night when they host Stewart County at The Pit.

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