This past weekend was a good one for the Long County girls’ basketball team, as the Lady Tide notched two more wins against St. Vincent’s Academy and Appling County to extend their win streak to seven.
On Friday, the Lady Tide traveled to Savannah to take on the Saints in a Region 2-AA matchup. Though the game was competitive at times, in the end St. Vincent’s was no match for the Ludowici team, falling 62-44. Long County head coach Brian Todd said the game was big, and the winning on the road against a good team was a benchmark statement.
“It was a huge win on the road,” he said. “We had a bad taste in our mouth after the game there last year. We wanted to come out and leave no doubt.”
Todd said he was pleased with his entire team’s play but was especially proud of Anazha Kincaid, Mya Howard, Katie Estill and Kat Wingate.
“We decided in the second half to play four guards and use our quickness advantage,” he said. “We scored several transition baskets because of forced turnovers. We ran a box-one defense on their leading scorer and held her to seven points. Anazha, Mya and Katie rotated guarding their player.
We got eight big points also from Kat Wingate. All in all, it was our best road victory this year.”
The leading scorers for the Lady Tide were Howard, who had 17 points; Estill, who added 14 points; and Wingate, who chipped in
On Saturday, Long County was back at home taking on the Lady Pirates from Appling County. Though Appling has given the Lady Tide problems in the past, this year the Ludowici team was too much for the visitors, soundly beating them 61-37.
Todd said his team played well and he was glad to get the win, but that his players were sluggish in the early going.
“We just wanted to work on the little things and come out with everybody healthy,” he said. “We came out a little sluggish, but the second half, we decided to come out and pick up the defensive pressure. We caused a lot of turnovers and capitalized on them. We tried to take advantage of our quickness by pushing the tempo.”
The leading scorers for the Lady Tide were Kincaid, who had 13 points, and Malaka Elix, who added 12 points.
“Anazha and Malaka really kept us in the game early with their shooting,” Todd said. “In the second half, Mya, Katie and Lexi carried us through the victory. It seems like every game, someone different is stepping up to help out.”
The win against Appling was big for Long County. According to Todd, his team’s depth has been a key to its success.
“Our depth has been crucial,” he said. “We are able to run nine to 10 players at people, and it is proving to be the key.”
The Lady Tide now have an overall record of 12-
5 and a region mark of 5-2. On Tuesday, they had a huge region game against Vidalia (14-1 and 7-0) in Ludowici, but results from that game were not available by press time. On Friday, Long County travels to Pembroke to take on Bryan County (10-5 and 4-3) in more region action.
That game begins at 6 p.m.