Tia Fleming came off the bench and knocked in 15 points to help the Liberty County High School girls’ basketball team to extend its lead and beat New Hampstead, 46-33, Saturday at LCHS.
In the boys’ game, Davion Mitchell and Richard LeCounte each scored 21 points as the Panthers defeated the Phoenix, 57-47.
Lady Panthers Jaelynn James and Tiara Ramsey each scored nine points. Ramsey also had 12 rebounds and a steal. James nabbed five rebounds and four steals in the region game. Destiny Craig had six points and four rebounds. Navia Telfair chipped in four points, two rebounds and two steals. Jasmine Brooks scored two points, had three rebounds and two steals.
The Lady Panthers had an opportunity to win by a larger margin, but were only 8-for-28 at the free-throw line and committed 35 turnovers.
In the boys’ game, LeCounte also finished the game with 10 rebounds, four assists, blocked three shots and two steals but had four turnovers. Mitchell had seven assists, one steal and one turnover.
Milik Wallace chipped in six points; Jishaun Harris scored five; and Tyler Thomas and Tracy White scored two points each.
The Panthers are 13-4 overall and 3-1 in Region 3-AAAA, while the Lady Panthers are 5-9 and 2-2.
The Liberty teams will be in Jesup on Friday to play Wayne County. The girls tip off at 7 p.m., and the boys’ game will follow.