Liberty County High School’s basketball teams split home games against McIntosh County Academy last Saturday.
The Lady Panthers lost, 74-68, while the Panthers downed the Buccaneers, 64-45.
The Liberty boys are 5-2 overall, while the girls are 1-6. The Liberty teams play the Buccaneers again Saturday at Darien starting at 4 p.m.
Lady Panther senior Jaelynn James led LCHS with 23 points, while Tia Fleming had a double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds.
The Lady Panthers trailed by only one point at the close of the first quarter and led by three points at halftime. But the Lady Buccaneers had a third-quarter surge to take control, led by Makhala Jackson, who had a game-high 37 points.
Coach Carolyn Kelly still is working the rotation, but is getting valuable minutes from sophomore Navia Telfair, who scored nine points. Lady Panther senior Dazya Ingram added eight points and claimed 12 rebounds.
The Lady Panthers were just 8 of 17 on free throws, while MCA was 13 of 20. Liberty committed 25 turnovers off 23 MCA steals, while the visitors didn’t record a single turnover.
Kelly named James the player of the game.
The Panthers held a small lead in the first half and made a huge stop against the Buccaneers in the third quarter. Liberty allowed only eight points in the period while scoring 17.
Panther coach Willie Graham named Tracy White as the player of the game. White, fresh off the football field, made his first varsity start. He scored 11 points, was 5 of 5 at the free-throw line and 3 of 6 from the field, had seven rebounds and did not commit any turnovers.
Davion Mitchell and Richard LeCounte each had 14 points. LeCounte also nailed a slam dunk and a 3-pointer.
Milik Wallace had nine points, Tyriq Reece scored eight and Tyreon Freeman and Jishaun Harris each had four points.
The Panthers made 21 of 28 free-throw attempts.
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