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Lady Panthers win on buzzer beater
Bradwell teams fall in first round
Lady Panther Tia Fleming drives the ball down court against New Hampstead last Friday. The Liberty girls faced New Hampstead again Tuesday winning 48-47 on a buzzer-beater shot in the Region 3-AAAA tournament. - photo by Patty Leon/file photo

Bradwell Institute’s basketball teams were in Camden County Monday and Tuesday for the first round of the Region 3-AAAAA tournament. Liberty County High School’s girls’ basketball team were in Thomson Tuesday to start their Region 3-AAAA tournament.

The Lady Tigers lost Monday 53-50 to Ware County. The Bradwell girls finished the basketball season 13-13 overall and 4-9 in region play.

Tuesday the Bradwell boys took on Richmond Hill falling 67-50. The Tigers finished 6-19 overall and 1-12 in the region.

Tuesday night the Liberty County High School Lady Panther basketball team had their small fan base in a frenzy at Thomson High School. The Lady Panthers were playing New Hampstead facing elimination if they lost.

The Liberty girls led 12-7 at the close of the first quarter and were up 20-15 at the half.

It looked like the Lady Panthers had the game in the bag but the Lady Phoenix was looking for an upset. Trailing 37-32 in the third quarter the Lady Phoenix rallied and tied the game 40-40 with 2:35 remaining. New Hampstead then took a 44-40 lead with only 1:42 left on the clock.

The game took on a furious pace and Lady Panther Alaynna Flanders sank a shot as the buzzer ended the game. Liberty prevailed winning 48-47 to advance to round two.

The Liberty boys had a first round bye as the top seeded team in the region.

Liberty County High School will host the semi-final games Thursday and the championship games Friday.

Thursday the Burke County girls will tip-off against Thomson at 4 p.m.

At 5:30 p.m. it’s the Thomson and Burke boys’ teams going against each other. The Lady Panthers play Wayne County at 7 p.m. and the Liberty boys play New Hampstead at 8:30 p.m.

Friday the girls’ consolation game will be played at 4 p.m. followed by the boys’ consolation game. The girls’ championship game will be at 7 p.m. and the boys’ championship game will follow.

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