After winning two of their last three games, the Long County High School girls basketball team fell Friday to Toombs County, 45-25 in Ludowici.
In a defensive first quarter, the Lady Tide was able to take a 6-5 lead after eight minutes of play. However, in the second quarter everything seemed to go wrong for the home team.
Long County was shutout scoring while the Lady Bulldogs put up 12 points to go in at the half leading 17-6. In the third period, Toombs County continued to be aggressive and after three periods of play the visiting team led 27-11.
In the fourth period the Lady Tide was able to cut the lead to ten points, but the Lady Dogs wouldn’t be denied as they put a late rally together to win the game by a hefty 20 point margin.
The leading scorer for Long County was Derissa Crawford who had 10 points, while the leading shooter in the game was Toombs County’s Shaila Bacon who put up 15 points.
Long County head coach Kala Hires said that her team never got on track and had very little go right during the game.
“Tonight we didn’t do anything well, we couldn’t make a layup, couldn’t catch the ball; couldn’t do anything…the first time we played this team we only lost by three points, and then tonight we can’t do anything,” Hires said. “We have a confidence problem, if we start out playing pretty good, we’ll make a few shots and do OK in the game, but if we come out flat, and have to come back, we can’t, if we start out flat, we stay flat.”
The loss dropped the Lady Tide’s overall record to 3-11 and their Region 2B-AA mark to 3-6. Toombs County improved to 6-5 overall.
The Long County team is back on the court this Tuesday facing a tough McIntosh County team who will be at home. Prior to this past weekend’s games the Lady Buccaneers had an overall record of 9-7 and a sub-region mark of 3-1. The game is in Darien and it begins at 6 p.m.
(Go to www.coastalcourier.com to see more pictures from the Long/Toombs game.)