Tuesday was a good night for Long County High School as both the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams advanced in the Region 2-AA tournament in Lyons.
Both teams were scheduled to continue region play Thursday in Mount Vernon. The Blue Tide were to face Jeff Davis in Mount Vernon, while the Lady Tide were to take on Vidalia. See Sunday’s Coastal Courier for reports on those games.
Long County rallied in the second half to top Toombs County, 59-54. The Bulldogs came out snarling and took a 36-26 halftime lead. But in the second half, the Blue Tide put a leash on the Toombs County offense, allowing just 18 points, while the Tide asserted themselves offensively.
“Effort, hustle and attention to detail was the difference in the second half,” Blue Tide head coach Deshon Brock said. “The kids paid attention to the halftime adjustments and did just about everything that I asked them to do, and we were able to dig ourselves out of a hole.”
Long County’s Deonte’ Ellis had a career-high 17 points to go with five steals. Jamaal Anderson had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Tide, while Josh Berry had nine points and Chris LaRochester had eight.
With the win, Long County improved its record to 13-12.
Long County tipped Metter, 22-20, to take a 5-13 record into the next round.
MiKayla Lovett led Long County with 13 points. Lady Tide coach Kala Hires praised Derissa Crawford’s rebounding and solid nights from Toni Johnson and Raven Rose.
“Toni set the tone of the game as she knocked down her first shot just seconds into the game,” Hires said. “Derissa crashed the defensive boards limiting Metter to a few second shots, and Raven ran the offense and kept her composure when Metter broke out into press.
“MiKayla has one thing on her mind from the moment she walks in the locker room in the morning to when she steps on the floor. She has found her groove and how to get focused. She has been one of the players that had the most trouble finding her confidence, and I am very proud of the player that she has become.”