The Long County High School varsity basketball teams kicked off the season Tuesday in Vidalia against Toombs County. The boys lost to the Bulldogs, 58-47. The girls won against the Lady Dogs, 58-40.
Blue Tide head coach Deshon Brock said poor free throw shooting and rebounding was the difference in the boys game.
“We did not rebound the ball well on defense and that caused them to get extra offensive possessions, coupled with 46 percent from the free throw line and that is a recipe for failure,” Brock said.
The coach also said his team’s play in transition needed improvement.
Though Brock was displeased with these areas, he did find positives to highlight.
“I thought my second unit played well early in the game, (their) ball movement and team play was a good thing to see,” the coach said.
The boys’ leading scorer was Stephon Adderly who had nine points. Brendon Scott, Xavier Stapleton, and Clay Strickland each had eight.
In the early game, the outcome was much more pleasant. The Lady Blue Tide had four players score in double digits. Mya Howard had 10 points, Patra London had 11, Malaka Elix had 13 and Katie Estill led everyone with 14.
Lady Blue Tide head coach Brian Todd said his team started fast with Estill posting all of her points in the first period. He said when his team got into foul trouble early, the players coming off the bench put in quality minutes.
“We got a big spark from Mya Howard off the bench with 10 points,” Todd said. “She gave us great production in place of Katie (Estill) who had to sit with foul trouble.”
Todd said his offense shared the ball and his defense played well too.
“Elexxus Wrighton anchored our defense with several key blocks and steals,” Todd said.
Though Todd was pleased with his team’s performance, he said the girls need to play more physical and not allow opposing teams as many second shots.