In sports, there are nights when everything goes wrong.
That’s what happened to Liberty County in a 65-39 loss Tuesday at Region 2A-AAAA foe Ware County.
"I don’t think Ware County was more talented than us. They just out-hustled us and beat us on the boards. We didn’t hustle the way we are capable of and I think they were just hungrier than we were," Liberty County coach Carolyn Kelly said.
Ware controlled the game from the tip and led 15-6 after the first quarter. Liberty showed a little more drive in the second quarter, but the Lady Gators still held a commanding 33-18 lead at the half.
Kelly said she hoped her squad would use the momentum they gained by defeating region opponent Wayne County last week.
"I think Wayne was a better team than Ware. Ware did have some speed and that hurt us," she said. "They absolutely killed us in transition and we just turned the ball over too many times. As a team we just played terrible in all phases of the game."
Courtney Rhodes led all scorers with 21 points. Freshman post player Kimberly Payno and Precious Williams chipped in 8 points each.
The loss dropped Liberty to 9-7 overall and 2-2 in region play.
Kelly decided to give her girls a rare off day after the Ware County game so they could have time to regroup and get ready to go to region title contender Glynn Academy tonight.
Glynn is the early frontrunner in the region with a 4-1 record in region play. The Lady Terrors only region setback was a 66-64 loss to rival Brunswick 66-64 in early December.
"Glynn is probably the toughest team in the region right now. They have solid speed and have some height down low, so we will have to be ready to play on Friday," Kelly said.
Ware 65, Liberty 39
Liberty top scorers: Courtney Rhodes 21, Kimberly Payno 8, Precious Williams 8, Charlie Coursey 2