The Long County High School girls basketball team lost its sixth game of the season on Saturday, falling 56-22 to Appling County.
But there were signs of improvement for the Lady Tide (0-6), who gave Appling County all it could handle early and trailed only 19-13 at halftime.
Appling began to assert itself in the third quarter, outscoring the Ludowici team 23-4 over the period to blow the game open and give the Lady Pirates a 42-17 lead heading into the final period.
"We didn’t match their intensity and it affected our execution," Lady Tide assistant coach Faith Jefferson said. "We only have a couple of seniors, so we’re a young team. But we are working hard and working well as a team."
Shamika Richardson led Long County with 10 points and Jameka Boyd finished with nine points. Jefferson singled out the play of Boyd and Alissa Burton.
The Lady Tide are back at home Friday and will face winless Toombs County High School at 6 p.m.