Last season was successful for Long County’s girls basketball team. The Lady Tide posted a 19-10 record and advanced into the state playoffs.
Though they fell to Swainsboro 58-46 in the first round of the playoffs, the year was one of the best the program had posted in years. Head coach Brian Todd said he has no statistical goal this year, but that he does want players to continue to get better.
"Our main goal every year is to get better every day," Todd said. "If we can accomplish that, everything will take care of itself."
The coach said he has five players coming back with a lot of varsity time under their belt.
"We will be returning five players with major experience," Todd said. "The back court of Anazha Kincaid and Malaka Elix are a coach’s dream. They see the floor so well and play unselfishly. Our front court will have Jakayla Porter, Patra London and three-time, All-Region first team member Elexxus Wrighton."
Todd said these players’ experience is one of his team’s strong points, and they will need to capitalize on it to overcome a lack of depth.
"Experience will be a key this year," Todd said. "Our first group has been in the program now since they were freshmen and have improved ever year, but I think right now we need to find some bench depth to spell our starters for a rest or if we get into foul trouble."
He said moving up to Region 2-AAA will be a challenge, but he believes his team is up to the task.
"Last year’s region was super tough." The coach said. "So I think we will be well prepared for the move upwards, but we realize we have to step up our play and bring energy every night."
He said his team is practicing hard now, and he and they can’t wait to begin the pursuit of another playoff appearance.
"We are just ready for our first game," he said. "The girls are really focused on making a return trip to the state playoffs.
The Lady Tide begin the regular season on Nov. 29 against Toombs County. Before that, the girls have a scrimmage and tournament. The Lady Tide get their first experience this Saturday at the annual Blue and White inter-squad scrimmage in Ludowici. The junior varsity team plays at 2 p.m. The varsity tips off at 4. Admission is $3.