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Blue Tide basketball begins next week
Lady Tide coach Ryan Bailey expects a lot from Lady Tide Rhea Rose this season - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, there’s no denying that high school basketball season is upon us.

The Blue Tide has its first regularly scheduled game on Nov. 20. They’ll play the Bradwell Institute Tigers in Hinesville. Before that game, however, the boys and girls will scrimmage Thursday, Nov. 12, against Claxton High School. They will also have an intra-squad scrimmage Saturday, Nov. 14.

The Blue Tide is coming off a 21-7 season. Last year, they advanced to the second round of the playoffs, but were defeated by the state champs, Dublin High School. For the past three season, the Tide have made it to at least the Sweet 16 round of the state tournament.

This year’s team is experienced and has a good shot at the region championship. They could go even farther in the state tourney.

The boys team has eight seniors: Justin Boyd, Robert Goslee, Matt Moody, Harold Nevils, Donte Brown, Tommy Freeman, Chris Buckner and Norman Thompson.

Last year was a comeback season for the Lady Tide. They regained respect on the court and had a 15-11 record. The girls made it back to the state tourney, but were defeated in the first round by Mitchell County.

This year, the ladies have four seniors on the squad: Tashanna Livingston, Caela LaRochester, Rhea Rose and India Gamble.

After the boys and girls scrimmages next Saturday, Long County High School will host the fifth annual alumni game. All graduates, men and women, are invited to participate. Head coach Deshon Brock is organizing the event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 545-2135.

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