The Long County High School girls’ basketball team picked up its third win of the season with a dramatic 28-27 win over St. Vincent’s Academy on Tuesday in Savannah.
Trailing by two with under a minute to play, the Lady Tide’s Derissa Crawford nailed a field goal to tie the game at 27. After the Saints were unable to score, the Lady Tide’s Kicha May drew a foul with seven seconds left. May hit one of two free-throw attempts to give the Lady Tide the winning margin.
Crawford led Long County with nine points and 13 rebounds, while Mikayla Lovett had eight points and nine rebounds. Toni Johnson chipped in six points.
Lady Tide coach Kala Hires said Crawford played her best game of the season.
“Although she is tall, she had never played basketball until last season, and it was hard to look past her inexperience in the post against these girls who have been playing for years,” Hires said. “(Tonight, she) stepped up and played as though she was a veteran player, making her presence on the floor known.”
Hires also praised May’s performance.
“Kicha May came through at the end of the game on the defensive end of the floor, coming up with a few key rebounds — including the one that sent her to the foul line — to score the free throw that enabled us to win … shooting a last-second free throw is pressure on even your most veteran player, and she held herself together to finish the game,” Hires said.
With the victory, the Lady Tide improved their overall record to 3-10 and their 2B-AA sub-region mark to 3-5. The Saints fell to 6-12 overall and 3-3, respectively.
Tonight, the Lady Tide are back on their home court to face Toombs County (5-5).
“We are going to need a big game to beat Toombs … they will definitely be a threat in the region playoffs,” Hires said. “My guards will have to take care of the ball better than we have in the past and not panic when they are presented with pressure.”
Tonight’s game begins at 6.