The Long County Lady Blue Tide have finally made up all of their games missed from their two-week quarantine and they capped off those missed games with a dominant win over the Appling County Lady Pirates on Saturday, February 6. The school crowned its boys’ homecoming court following the big 57-26 win.
Like most of the game, the first quarter was all Blue Tide as they rode the back of sophomore forward Jada Young, who is having an incredible season. Young recorded 10 points and six rebounds in the first quarter, going a perfect 6-6 from the charity stripe.
The Tide kept Appling County off the scoreboard for the first 8:55 of the game as they led 13-0 at the end of the first quarter. The second period, however, was much more competitive as both teams put 11 points on the board.
Trailing 24-4 with just over two minutes left in the first half. The Lady Pirates closed out the quarter with a 7-0 run to make the score 24-11 at the break, giving the away team just a little bit of hope.
The Pirates continued their run from the end of the first half into the third quarter as they went on a 6-2 run, capped off by a three-point shot to cut the Tide’s lead to just nine points with 4:40 left in the quarter, the first time they led by less than double digits since early in the game.
This, however, would be the closest Appling County would get for the rest of the game. Young continued to assert her dominance as she hit a tough And-1 layup and led the Lady Tide on a 14-0 run to put her team up 40-17 with less than a minute left in the quarter.
Just to show how dominant Young’s night was, she scored 11 of the team’s 16 points in the third quarter and at that point had scored 27 of the team’s 40 points.
The Tide continued to dominate in the fourth quarter as junior Makayla Raimer hit a big three point shot and senior center Rebekah Gordon came in and hit two tough layups down low.
The Lady Tide cruised to the 57-26 victory, allowing only six points in the fourth quarter. Young had another career game and fell just short of a triple-double, scoring 36 points and recording 22 rebounds and six blocks.
Long County is now 3-10 and 2-4 in region play. They wrap up the regular season next week as they travel to Baxley to play the Pirates on Tuesday, February 9 and host Tattnall County in the season finale on Friday, February 12 before getting ready for the region tournament and state playoffs.
Following the game, the Tide crowned its boys’ homecoming court. The Pre-K representatives were Jackson Anderson and Symiah Huffman. The freshman prince was Devion Smalls, sophomore prince Errol Portela, junior prince Cameryn Johnson, and the 2021 Homecoming King was Nevin Smith.