Liberty County won one and lost one when the teams hosted Statesboro on Saturday.
The Liberty girls dropped a close one, falling 57-51. The Panthers had a strong showing against the Blue Devils, winning 58-42.
This Saturday, the Liberty teams host McIntosh County Academy. The girls tip off at 4 p.m., and the boys play immediately afterwards.
Four players scored in double digits for Liberty, keeping the home team within reach of Statesboro.
Liberty County was tied at 13 at the close of the first quarter and held a 27-24 lead at halftime. Statesboro made an adjustment during the break, holding back Tia Fleming and Jaelynn James and outscoring Liberty, 20-12, in the third quarter. It was an advantage the visiting team managed to hold on to.
James led LCHS with 14 points. Navia Telfair and Fleming chipped in 12 and 11 points, respectively. Fleming had a double-double by nabbing 15 rebounds. Freshman Tiara Ramsey had 10 points and nine rebounds and was recognized by the coaching staff as the player of the game.
The Lady Panthers are 1-5 overall.
Coach Willie Graham knew the Blue Devils were a tough matchup after the Panther boys lost by two points to Statesboro earlier this season.
Still looking for the best starting-five rotation, Graham shuffled the players and found the right mix that helped keep Liberty in front.
Panther Davion Mitchell scored 22 points. The sophomore standout is averaging 22.5 points per game, 7.8 assists, six rebounds and 4.3 steals per game. Milik Wallace and Tyreon Freeman each chipped in nine points, and Tracy White added six. Tyriq Reece and Tyler Thomas each scored four points. Comer Kite and Jishaun Harris each added two points in the game.
Mitchell nabbed eight rebounds, White had seven and Reece had five. Wallace Freeman and Mitchell each hit a 3-pointer.
The Panthers are 4-2 overall.
Liberty scoring — James 14, Telfair 12, Fleming 11, Ramsey 10 and Kiara Edwards 4