On Wednesday the Long County High School ladies basketball team advanced into the semifinals of the 2-AA Region basketball tournament with a 64-61 win over McIntosh County.
Playing in Ludowici the game was close through two periods of play with the Lady Tide taking a 26-19 lead in at the break. In the third period Long County came out on fire going on a 10-0 run to go up by seventeen points.
But with a fourth period rally by the Lady Buccaneers the game was all tied up 59-59 with less than a minute to play. During that final minute of play Long County managed to get to the free-throw line three times. With clutch free-throw shooting by Katie Estill and Elexuss Wrighton the Lady Tide pulled away to secure a three point victory 64-61.
The Lady Tide had a balanced offense all night with four of their players scoring in double digits. Mya Howard was the leading scorer for Long County putting up 17 points, while Estill put in 14 points, Anazha Kincaid added 12 points, and Wrighton chipped in 10 points. The leading scorers for McIntosh County were Candace Height and Jalaya Lewis who each had 12 points
The Blue Tide men who went into the tournament as the number two seed also are off until Friday when they face Bryan County, who beat Bacon County in overtime on Wednesday. Tipoff for the Long County men’s game is scheduled for 5:30.
Here are results from other games in the 2-AA tournament. In men’s action on Tuesday Bryan County beat Groves High School 72-68, and Jeff Davis beat McIntosh County 74-65. On Wednesday Benedictine Military School beat Jeff Davis 74-59. Score from the Bacon County and Bryan County game wasn’t available.
In the ladies action on Tuesday McIntosh County beat Groves High School 49-47, and Bryan County beat Bacon County 48-30. On Wednesday Saint Vincent’s Academy beat Bryan County 48-38.