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Blue Tide Ladies aim for wins - on and off the road
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When Julie Daffron took over last year as head coach for the Long County girls’ basketball team, she knew she had her work cut out for her.
In the previous two seasons, the team had not been able to win a game, and in addition to that, the team would be moving from the 3-A Region into the 2-AA Region.
The Ladies surprised everyone last year, except themselves, when they finished fourth in the region and advanced to the state playoffs. The team finished the season with a 12-16 record, and went 6-6 in the 2-AA Region despite having very little depth on the bench.
This year, the team will be much deeper and should compete for the region crown.  But the team will have to improve when they play at home. Last year, the Lady Tide had an impressive 9-7 record when they traveled, but at home they were only 3-9.
According to Daffron, the team’s motto will continue to be “Dignified and unified.” Dignified to show self-respect or behaving in a proper and respectable way, and unified to bring people together as a single unit or entity.
This year’s varsity team will be comprised of sophomores Caela La Rochester, Jessica Bryant, Rhea Rose and India Gamble. The juniors on the team will be Shareka Turner and Brittany Mills. The seniors leading the way will be Breanne Page, Janelle Scott and Angel Wilson.
The girls’ first regular season game will be Nov. 24 when the Wayne County Yellow Jackets come to town. The Jackets are a solid 3-AAAA team and will be an early test for the Lady Blue Tide.
Tip off for that game will be at 6:30 p.m. in Ludowici.
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