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Basketball over, soccer starting up
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Two area basketball teams saw their state-tourney runs come to an early end.
Meanwhile, the rainy weather held off for some local soccer teams to start their seasons this week.
Bradwell Institute’s girls’ basketball team lost at Evans County, 62-57, on Tuesday in its first game of the state playoffs.
Lady Tiger coach Faye Baker said they had some chances to win the game, “but we came out flat and we got behind and we played from behind for most of the game. And as a whole, as a team we didn’t play well.”
But Baker added that Jakaria Fleming and Akeyla Richardson
 deserve some credit for keeping the girls in the game. Fleming scored 17 points, while Richardson added 12.
Baker said it was a good season considering where the team started. The Lady Tigers started the season with five straight losses but finished strong, going 12-3 in Region 3-AAAAA and 15-13 overall.
“It was a great turnaround in the second half,” she said. “Finishing on a winning season is a plus, and I expect a good nucleus of the players to return next year. We have to work hard during the offseason so we can have a better start to our season next year.”
The Liberty County boys’ basketball team was eliminated from the state playoffs with a 62-55 loss Wednesday at Rutland. The Tigers finished the season 9-16 overall and 3-3 in Region 3-AAAA.
First Presbyterian Christian Academy’s boys’ basketball team was scheduled to play their first state game Thursday evening at Flint River Academy. Results were not available by press time.
In other sports, after having to cancel two games due to weather, the Liberty County High School soccer teams played Tuesday at home against Savannah Christian. The weather still wasn’t ideal as the Lady Panthers lost, 8-0, and the boys fell, 3-0.
Liberty is scheduled to host Statesboro today, starting with the girls’ game at 5 p.m.
Bradwell’s soccer teams, which have had one game each called off due to weather so far, host Brunswick today at Olvey Field. The girls’ game begins at 5 p.m. and the boys’ game will follow.

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