Long County boys and girls basketball teams split their varsity games Tuesday against Jeff Davis County with the Blue Tide winning 78-52 and the Lady Tide falling 48-37.
Playing in Ludowici, the Long County boys jumped out to an early 23-13 lead and never looked back, notching their 15th win of the season.
The Blue Tide offense was working in full gear against the Yellow Jackets. They had four players score in double digits. According to MaxPreps.com, Christian Bass and Brendon Scott each had 10 points and Ryheim Izzard and Eric Shaw each had 13 points.
Blue Tide head coach Deshon Brock said his players had one of their better outings of the year against the Yellow Jackets.
“I thought we played well as a team,” Brock said. “We played very unselfish basketball and we celebrated the success of others. It was really good to witness that. I thought our defense was really good in the first half and allowed us to build a 27-point led going into half time. Their pressure was relentless.”
With the win, the Blue Tide improved their overall record to 15-5 and their Region 2-AA mark to 8-2. Jeff Davis fell to 9-10 overall and 4-5 in the region.Brock said if his team can continue to play at the same level, success will follow.
In the early game, the Lady Tide didn’t do as well. The Long County girls fought tooth and nail against the visitors and were down 36-31 after three periods. But in the fourth quarter, the Lady Yellow Jackets came out strong, outscoring the home team 12-6 to secure the win 48-37.
Leading scorers for Long County were Elexxus Wrighton, who had 14 points, and Anazha Kincaid who added 8.
With the win, Jeff Davis improved its overall record to 18-1 and the region mark to 8-1. The Lady Tide fell to 15-7 overall and 8-3 in the region.
Friday, Long County took Groves in Ludowici. The night was also homecoming. Pick up a Wednesday Courier for a story on those games and on who was crowned the 2016 homecoming king.
Tuesday, the Tide teams play Bacon County in Alma. The girls play at 6 p.m. and the boys follow at 7:30.