Liberty County High School and Bradwell Institute girls’ basketball teams split their home games Saturday.
Liberty County topped Tattnall County, 59-55, at LCHS. At Bradwell, the Lady Tigers lost to McIntosh County Academy, 59-55.
The Lady Panthers trailed throughout the first half but mounted a second-half comeback to beat Tattnall.
Lady Panther coach Carolyn Kelly is starting to find younger players who are stepping up to assist senior Jaelynn James and junior Tia Fleming. Sophomore Lady Panther Jasmine Brooks was selected by Kelly as the player of the game after leading the team with 17 points. She also had four rebounds, two assists and two steals.
The Lady Warriors turned a two-point lead in the first quarter into a 12-point advantage by halftime. Fleming sat out the first half but was instrumental in getting the Lady Panthers back on track in the second half, ending up with 16 points and five rebounds. Freshman Tyshaney Mungin, who filled in for Fleming in the first half, nabbed eight rebounds.
James rounded out LCHS’ double-digit scorers with 12 points.
The Lady Panthers are 2-7 overall, with both wins coming against Tattnall County. Liberty next plays Friday at Burke County in the Lady Panthers’ first Region 3-AAAA game of the season. Game time is 7 p.m.
Lady Buccaneer Makhala Jackson was on point, notching 22 points to lead her team. Lady Tiger Brianna Johnson was not far behind with 18 points to pace the home team in a game that saw several lead changes.
Although the Lady Tigers shot 65 percent at the line compared to the Buccaneers’ 56 percent, MCA took advantage of 16 steals.
Bradwell’s Jakaria Fleming chipped in nine points, while Myala Wells and JaVaughna Claridy scored eight points each. Raina Richardson added six, Journae’ Young scored four and Autiana Hightower chipped in two points.
Hightower and Claridy each had eight rebounds, and Wells and Richardson each had seven.
The Lady Tigers, who are 9-5 overall and 3-1 in Region 3-AAAAA, play at
7 p.m. Friday in Brunswick.