In a slugfest, Region 2A-AAAA rival Glynn Academy held off visiting Liberty County 70-63 on Friday night.
"We still have a long way to go but I like some of the things that I am seeing us do. We are getting better time for our bench and they are starting to help us," Liberty County coach Willie Graham said.
Liberty and Glynn traded baskets throughout the first period.
Shakur Cook stole the ball and scored on a fast-break layup to cut Glynn’s lead to 10-9. But the Red Terrors responded with a 3-pointer and held a 16-11 lead at the end of the quarter.
The second period included more of the same back-and-forth play. The Panthers used three steals to grab a 19-18 lead at the five-minute mark of the period, then fell behind before Cook added four more points to re-tie the game at 25.
With eight seconds left in the first half and the game tied at 27, Glynn scored, got a rebound and hit a 3 at the buzzer to take a 32-27 lead going into the locker room.
In the third quarter, the Red Terrors held their advantage, though Michael Farrior sank a trey to cut Glynn’s lead to 50-43 near the end of the period.
"We did get a bit loose tonight. A few times we scored and we were celebrating and they were running a fast break on the other end when we turned around," Graham said.
In the fourth period, Tucory Rhodes pulled down a rebound and hit a sprinting Sayvon Wilson, who scored in transition to cut the Glynn lead to 54-45.
Wilson bumped in another shot to tie the game at 55 in the final three minutes. The game remained a two-point contest until the last minute, when the Terrors scored six unanswered points to build a 10-point cushion.
Liberty had three players in double figures. Wilson led with 12 points, Cook put in 11 points and Rhodes tallied 10 points.
Melvin King finished with seven points.
The Panthers fell to 12-5 overall and 2-3 in Region 2A-AAAA. Liberty faced Tattnall County on Saturday. The Panthers dropped its first game to the Battle Creek Warriors earlier in the season.
"They are runners. They run hard and have some quickness. Outside of the region they are probably one of the best teams that we will play. It will definitely battle for us," Graham said.
Glynn 16 16 18 20-70
Liberty 11 16 16 20-63
Liberty top scorers: Sayvon Wilson 12, Shakur Cook 11, Michael Farrior 11, Tucory Rhodes 10, Melvin King 7, Tabias Marion 3