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Long Co. tops Bryan Co. in finales
Both teams started region play this week
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The Blue Tide defeated Bryan County, 81-44, while the Lady Tide won, 44-22, last Friday in Ludowici to wrap up their regular seasons. - photo by Mikee Riddle

Long County’s basketball teams dominated Bryan County last Friday in Ludowici to wrap up their regular seasons and enter the Region 2-AA tourneys.
Both teams were scheduled to open region play Tuesday. Results were unavailable at press time and will be in Friday’s Coastal Courier.

Lady Tide
In last Friday’s early game, Long County jumped out to a 26-11 lead and never looked back en route to a 44-22 win. MiKayla Lovett led the Lady Tide with a season-high 23 points, while Derissa Crawford had 13 points. Diamond McGirt scored 12 points for Bryan County.     
“After so many close losses, this feels a lot better,” Lady Tide head coach Kala
Hires said. “Last time we played them, we only won by a point, so they came out hard. But tonight, we almost did everything perfect, and we didn’t shoot a lot of stupid shots … MiKayla was everywhere tonight, and Derissa, she also played a great game.”
Hires also credited the Lady Tide’s care with the ball. Long County, which normally has more than 20 turnovers a game, had only  10 against Bryan County.
With the win, the ladies ended the regular season with a 4-13 record and a 4-8 region mark for third place in the 2-AA tourney.
Long County was scheduled play Metter on Tuesday in Lyons.

Blue Tide
In last Friday’s late game, the Blue Tide started the first and second halves hot in their 81-44 win.
Long County came out hot with an 8-0 lead, but the Redskins stormed back with an 11-point run. The Tide led by a bucket, 26-24, at halftime.
In the third period, Long County was on fire with a 16-0 run to go up 42-24 and cruised from there.
Jamaal Anderson led Long County’s balanced attack with 16 points. Vanda Vereen Jr. scored 13 points, Josh Berry had 10 points, Gage Kasperian had nine points, and Clay Strickland added eight points.
Jeremy McClendon led Bryan County with a game-high 19 points.
Long County ended the regular season with a 12-12 record and a 6-6 sub-region record and third place in the 2-AA tourney.
The Blue Tide were scheduled to start region play Tuesday in Lyons.

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