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Liberty boys make it 13 in a row
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Panther Will Richardson makes a layup against Burke County two weeks ago. Friday, he had a personal game-high 30 points against Windsor Forest. The sophomore was selected as the Player of the Game. - photo by Patty Leon/file photo

Liberty County played Saturday at New Hampstead in Region 3-AAAA games. The Panthers remain undefeated in region play, beating the Phoenix 97-74. The Lady Panthers lost 49-39. It was the Panthers’ 13th straight win.

The one team that recently came close to beating the Liberty boys was Richmond Hill last week at Richmond Hill. Liberty edged out the Wildcats 45-41.
“We just had to tighten up on defense and have team effort rebounding,” Panther head coach Julian Stokes said about the fourth-quarter comeback at RHHS. “Fortunately for us, Richmond Hill turned the ball over a few times and couldn’t find the basket when they had opportunities. We only allowed one basket, and the other two came off of two free throws.”

Stokes said his team got off to a bad start against the Wildcats.

“The first half might have been the worst half of basketball we’ve played all year,” he said. “But I’m proud of our guys for the second-half effort and finding a way to win the game. Having everybody crash the boards was key. Especially on the offensive side. We finished with about 28 offensive rebounds.”

Currently, the Panthers are 4-0 in region play. Before hitting the road Saturday, the Panthers lit up the scoreboard Friday at Windsor Forest, winning 104-60. It was the second time Liberty cracked the century mark in a game. The Panthers beat Thomson 100-53 two weeks ago.

“It feels great,” Stokes said about the 100-point games, adding he realized the Panthers were going to hit it again Friday when they had 85 points with three minutes left. “Just another display of our ability to score … Proud of our guys and how we have played so far. Day by day, we are building toward that goal of getting to Macon for that state title.”

Panther guard Davion Mitchell hit a new game-high 39 points in the victory at Windsor Forest. Will Richardson had a personal game-high 30 points. Richard LeCounte notched 14 points for the double-digit shooters. Mitchell also hit 8 of 15 treys and Richardson was 3 of 6 from behind the arc.

Richardson, a sophomore, was selected as the Player of the Game.

Saturday, the Panthers outmatched the Phoenix, winning 97-74 at New Hampstead. Stats and box scores from that game were not available by press time. The Panthers are 15-1 overall.

Lady Panthers

The Liberty girls lost at New Hampstead 49-39. They are 4-9 overall and 2-2 in the region. Stats from the Lady Panthers’ two road games were requested but not received by press time.

The Liberty teams host Wayne County on Friday, beginning with the girls’ game at
6:30 p.m.

Boys’ box score for Windsor Forest game:
LCHS: 21|29|22|32| = 104
WFHS: 15|7|20|18 = 60

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