The Long County Blue Tide basketball teams finally returned home after the Christmas break and they hosted the Tattnall County Battle Creek Warriors in a key region matchup on Friday, January 10.
The Lady Blue Tide came into Friday’s game having gone 1-6 over the Christmas break and losing three straight. They knew their game against the Warriors was an important one and they played tough in the early stages of the game. The Warriors built a 10-4 lead in the first quarter, but it was freshman Jada Young that helped her team out by scoring two buckets and making the score 12-8 going into the second quarter.
The Warriors went on a short run in the first half of the second quarter and built a 17-8 lead. However, over a four-minute stretch, the Lady Tide held Tattnall County scoreless and scored eight straight points to make the score 17-16. The Warriors hit a big three point shot with less than 30 seconds left to go up 20-16 at halftime.
The Lady Warriors have been a perennial power in AAA the last few years so for the Lady Tide to only trail by four at the half was a big surprise to the Long County crowd.
They had a lot to look forward to in the second half, but the Warriors came out firing on all cylinders. They opened up a 26-16 lead with a 6-0 run through the first three minutes of the third quarter and never really looked back from there.
The Lady Tide only scored four points the rest of the game, including just one point in the fourth quarter as they fell to Tattnall County 47-20 to fall to 3-15 and 0-4 in the region.
The boys team had a much better run over the break, going 6-1 with their only loss coming against 6A Heritage, Conyers. The Tide was ranked in the top ten in AAA coming into the game and they opened up the game against Tattnall on a 9-0 run in the first four minutes.
They led 20-10 at the end of the first as it looked like the Tide would roll to another easy victory.
However, Tattnall County, who won the Region 2-AAA championship last season, went on a 11-0 run in the first four minutes of the second quarter to take a 21-20 lead. They pushed their lead to 23-20 before the Tide finally got on the board.
Long County went on a run of their own as they trailed 30-28. They went up 37-30 and were 2-2 from three point range with Ethan Williams and Tostadas Pouncey each hitting big shots. They led Tattnall County 37-32 at the half and never gave up the lead.
The Warriors hung with the Tide in the third quarter and nearly tied the game up, but Long County led 53-49 going into the fourth. Pouncey hit two more big three pointers and seniors Trajan Weatherspoon and Samuel Turner dominated down low.
Long County eventually built their biggest lead of the game as they pulled away from Tattnall County for a 70-57 win. With the victory, the Tide move to 15-3 and 4-0 in the region. In the win, Weatherspoon led with 25 points and 13 rebounds while Turner also recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.