The Long County High School boys’ basketball team finally got their mojo back last week by picking up wins over Pierce County and Jeff Davis County.
The Blue Tide beat Pierce County, 51-46, Dec. 13 in Blackshear. Long County’s Brendon Scott led all scorers with 15 points. Christian Bass added 10 points, and Stephon Adderly had eight points.
The win snapped a six-game losing streak for the Blue Tide, and head coach Deshon Brock said the victory felt good.
“It felt great to get back in the win column. We needed that win in a major way,” he said.
Brock said there were several factors to his team picking up the win, including adjusting to the way that the game was being called by officials and playing good defense for the first three quarters.
On Tuesday, the Blue Tide added another victory and picked up their first 2-AA Region win of the year by beating Jeff Davis County, 72-58, in Hazlehurst. Scott again led the Tide by putting up 16 points, Xavier Stapleton who added 15 points and Bass scored 11.
With the two wins, the Blue Tide improved to 3-7 overall and 1-4 in the region.
Meanwhile, the Long County Lady Tide continued to succeed, picking up two more wins last week and improving their record to 7-4.
Long County beat Pierce County, 47-33, on Dec. 13 in Blackshear behind Katie Estill’s game-high 14 points. Mya Howard scored 13 points for LCHS.
“It feels good to get back on the right foot,” Lady Tide head coach Brian Todd said. “We led for three quarters of Friday night’s game against Bryan County and let it slip away, so finishing a game strong was a major goal for this game.”
Todd was pleased with all of his team’s performance, but noted three players’ individual efforts.
“We shook up the lineup and inserted Mya Howard, which gave us an instant offensive spark, and she also held Pierce’s leading scorer to four points,” he said. “Patra London and Elexxus Wrighton worked well together down low with the high-low game, and Lexi took advantage of her athleticism and got to the rim.”
Last Tuesday, the Lady Tide picked up another Region 2-AA win by squeaking by Jeff Davis County, 55-53.
Though Todd was pleased with his team’s efforts in these two games, he said that the Lady Tide must improve at the free-throw line if they are going to be successful.
The Lady Tide are 7-4 overall and 2-3 in the region.
Next action for the Tide teams is Friday in the Portal Tournament.