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Lady Tide ride Simpkins' 3s, Young double-double to blast Saints
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The Long County Lady Blue Tide hosted the St. Vincent’s Academy Saints on Tuesday, January 24 in a big region game. While a low-scoring first quarter seemed to set the tone for the rest of the game, the second quarter and beyond was all Lady Tide in a 68-37 victory.

The Lady Tide closed out the first quarter on a 7-0 run, capped off by Amiyah Simpkins’ 3-pointer.

The Tide stretched their run out to 11-0 as they took a 15-4 lead before the Saints connected on a 3 at the 4:15 mark of the second quarter.

Simpkins ended the first half with three straight 3s and 11 points. Jada Young was also well on her way to a double-double with 10 points and seven rebounds as the Tide led 30-16.

The Saints cut the lead to 10, 34-24, in the first three minutes of the third quarter. The Lady Tide responded with an 18-0 run to end the quarter.

During their run, the Tide hit four straight 3s, including Simpkins hitting her fourth straight. The Tide led 52-24 going into the fourth, one basket short of the GHSA mercy rule.

They extended their lead to 59-24 and their run to 25-0 before the Saints scored for the first time since the 5:00 mark of the third quarter.

With the win, the Tide moved to 12-6 and 7-3 in region play.

Simpkins led the Tide with 19 points and was 57% from three point range. Young notched a double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds. Two other Lady Tide hit double digits with Makinzie Moody scoring 11 and Adryanna Harley scoring 10.

The Lady Tide will be back at home with the boys on Friday, January 27 as they host the Savannah Country Day Hornets. This will be a big game for the Lady Tide as they look to inch toward the top seeds in the region. 

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