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Long Co. Blue Tide

The Long County Blue Tide put up a season-high point total in a 90-59 win Friday night over visiting Jeff Davis High School.

The Blue Tide are 6-10 overall and 5-5 in Region 2-AA

The Lady Tide fell 37-24 to the Yellow Jackets. The girls are still looking for their first win and are 0-14 overall and 0-12 in the region.

Long County took on Bradwell Institute on Saturday in Ludowici, but results for that game were not available at press time.


BI Tigers


In Savannah, the Johnson high Atomsmashers took down visiting Bradwell Institute 53-46. The Tigers trailed 27-20 at the half.

Deon Craig scored a game-high 19 points for BI.

Atomsmasher Tim Quarterman scored 16 points, Saadiq Muhammad added 12 points and Jared Boyd had 10 points for Johnson.

The Tigers are 2-13 overall and 2-9 in Region 3-AAAAA.


BI Lady Tigers


Coach Faye Baker and her No. 7-ranked Lady Tigers improved to 17-0 overall and 10-0 in the region after defeating the Lady Atomsmashers 60-31 Friday night in Savannah.

Baker said the Lady Tigers came out a bit sluggish in the first half, but rallied and played strong in the second half.

"In a key game those (early missed) shots can really make a difference," she said. "We are not satisfied when that happens even though we have a large lead. We still are harping on the things that could hurt us in a tight game."

Baker said a healthy lead gave her another opportunity to play her reserves and rest starters throughout the game.

Bradwell was set to play in Ludowici on Saturday against winless Long County. But Baker wasn’t taking the Lady Tide lightly.

"It’s a local rivalry," she said. "The kids know each other and they are playing on their home court. They haven’t won a game and all of that is going to make them hungry and motivated to win this game."

Baker said being undefeated and ranked in the top 10 in Class AAAAA is like having a huge bullseye on her team’s back.

"We have to be ready at all times. Everybody is gunning for you. Everybody wants to be the first team to beat us," she said.



FPCA Highlanders


The First Presbyterian Christian Academy Highlanders got their fourth straight victory on the road by beating Arlington Christian 101-69 in Fairburn Friday night.

The Highlanders are now 21-3 overall and 4-0 in Region 2-AA of the Georgia Independent School Association.

DJ Felder had a game-high 40 points and 20 rebounds against Arlington, coach David Jones said.

"Jordan (Johnson) got us cranked up early with a real good start," Jones said. "Then they gave the ball to DJ and Jarquez (Smith) the rest of the night. DJ was on fire and I don’t believe he missed more than four or five shots all night. I don’t know if I’ve ever had a kid in a single game better than that as far as field goal percentage."

The coach said Mike Tige had his best game of the season against Arlington as well.

The Highlanders traveled to Furtah Prep on Saturday. The first time FPCA faced Furtah, the Hinesville boys won 83-42.


Mike Riddle contributed the Blue Tide information.




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