When Liberty County’s Region 3-AAA openers against Washington County were over Friday, both schools had something to boast about.
In the boys game, Liberty County came from behind to earn a 58-55 win over the Golden Hawks. In the girls game, Washington County held off the Lady Panthers 53-49.
The Lady Panthers (7-3, 0-1) trailed Washington County by 10 points with 3 minutes, 59 seconds remaining, but the game was far from over. Thanks to 3-pointers by Kourtney Alexander and Shontavia Clay, and a layup by Diamone Johnson, Liberty closed its gap to one point with 25.4 seconds left.
The Golden Hawks (5-2, 1-0), however used a 3-pointer by Shakima Wiggins and a free throw to secure a win.
Wiggins, a senior guard, was deadly from the arc all game, sinking six treys en route to a 25-point outing. Teammates Latronda Yancey and Sheirkerriea Nelson each added a 3-pointer of their own.
Alexander and Johnson led Liberty offensively with 12 points apiece. Marcella Gordon, Candace Barham and Precious Williams each chipped in with six points.
WCHS 14 16 16 7- 53
Liberty 15 8 11 15- 49
The Golden Hawks led throughout the first half. The Panthers (9-0, 1-0) missed several early layups and were outmuscled on the boards.
Both teams had success from the 3-point line. Jordan McRae, Roderick Jones and Greg Richardson each canned a trey for the Panthers, who went into intermission down 31-30.
Rion Brown’s 3-pointer helped propel Liberty to a 16-11 advantage in the third quarter, and the Panthers staved off a Washington County (6-1, 0-1) comeback the rest of the way.
McRae paced Liberty with 19 points, while Terrell Johnson added 13 and Brown contributed 11.
The Panthers took on region opponent Thomson on Saturday night at home. The girls game was scheduled for 5 p.m., with the boys to follow at approximately 6:30. Games scores can be found on the Coastal Courier’s Web site http://sports.coastalcourier.com. Details will be in Wednesday’s Courier.
WCHS 18 13 11 13-55
Panthers 13 17 16 12-58