The Lady Blue Tide are winless no more.
The Long County High School girls’ basketball team picked up its first win of the season Tuesday, beating host Toombs County in a 25-24 nail biter.
"The ladies played hard and fought all game to achieve their first win," Lady Tide coach Ryan Bailey said. "It was a total team victory, because we are not deep and got into foul trouble early."
In the end, Long County’s first win came down to a free throw. With four seconds left to play and the game tie 24-24, sophomore Raven Rose drove to the basket for a layup. She missed the shot but drew a foul and hit the second of two free throws to give Long County the win.
"We were excited about our first win," Bailey said. "It’s just too bad that it came in the middle of the season. We will continue to progress and improve."
Long County Athletic Director Karen Swindell also was proud of the team, which improved to 1-?? overall and 1-? In Region 2-AA..
"The ladies didn’t let the crowd take them away from their game plan," she said. "I was very proud of how they controlled the tempo and worked together as a team. They are improving as the season progresses, not only in basketball but in their maturity level."
Shamika Richardson led Long with 12 points and Jameka Boyd added five. Bailey also praised the play of Kim Walker and freshman Kadeja Green.
"(They) played some valuable minutes during pivotal points of the game," he said.
Swindell said she thinks the Lady Tide could pick up more wins before the season ends.
"They have some more opportunities to win in this tough region," she said. "They need to keep working hard, stay dedicated and understand their roles … they may surprise some teams in the region tournament."
The Lady Tide play tonight at Brantley County. Tipoff is 6 p.m.
Long County is at Pierce County on Saturday. The game gets under way at 6 p.m.