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Lady Panthers knock off Lady Tide
Lady Tide Toni Johnson passes the ball to Raven Rose in Saturday's loss to the Panthers ay home. - photo by Mikee Riddle

The Liberty County girls’ basketball team defeated Long County, 44-22, on Saturday in Ludowici.  
The Lady Panthers (5-3) jumped out to an 11-2 lead in the first period and never looked back.
Emone Fisher and Bryonna Graham led Liberty with 13 points each.
For the Lady Tide (1-6), Derissa Crawford had eight points, and Mikayla Lovett added seven.  
“Briana Reece did well running our offense and controlling the floor on the defense,” Liberty County head coach Carolyn Kelly said. “We want our point guards to be like coaches on the team and she stuck with our game plan and played well … Emone Fisher stepped up for us on offense and defense. She shoots like a guard and got us a few key rebounds tonight.”
Kelly also discussed the progress that her team is making and what she expects in the future.
“We’re a young team, and with a young team you’re going to have ups and downs in a game … the talent is there, we just have to keep playing together,” she said.
Long County coach Kala Hires noted some of the weaknesses her team showed, but also talked about how the players are working to get better.
“We don’t have a player that can carry our team, so we have to all know our roles and execute those roles,” she said. “Tonight, we would have three or four girls in the right place doing what they’re supposed to do, but then we would have one or two girls out of place.
“We do have a more prepared group of girls this year. We’re watching film, studying who each one will be against, and they all are learning their roles, but we have to have everyone show up and do their job and they didn’t do that tonight.”
Both teams are off until after Jan. 1.

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