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Panthers split with Mustangs
Lady Panther Jaelyn James drives the ball inside for a layup in Friday's loss at home. - photo by Patty Leon

Liberty County split games with South Effingham High School Friday in region 3A-AAAA games that saw the Lady Panthers fall 58-43 and the Panther boys win 55-42.

Both girls teams were foul-heavy, adding to that a string of injuries and a lost contact lens, that kept the girls on the court for nearly two hours.
While fatigue was a factor, ball handling was a bit sloppy and the Lady Panthers missed a few chip shots that could have placed them within reach.
Lady Mustang Tianna Germain sank a couple of three-pointers en-route to a 21 point game to pace the visiting team. The Mustangs’ coaching staff placed Germain up against Lady Panther Brianna Reece and the duo matched speed for speed, challenging each other for control of the ball. Reece paced the home team, scoring 11 points.
With the loss, the Lady Panthers sit at 8-8 overall and 0-2 in the region.
They were scheduled to host McIntosh County Academy Saturday afternoon in a non-region game and will resume region play Friday hosting Wayne County.
SEHS: 22|19|6|11=58, 5-of-15 at the line
LCHS: 12|14|7|10=43, 11-of-23 at the line

The Liberty boys went on a 7-0 run before the Mustangs got on the scoreboard. Senior Freddie McSwain dunked the ball twice and paced the Panther boys with 17 points. Adding double digits were Conner Bailey with 13 and Jishaun Harris with 11.
Panther coach Willie Graham was able to substitute fresh legs in the game. Liberty also committed only four fouls.
The Mustangs had a few key players in early foul trouble and received a technical in the fourth. Two fourth-quarter turnovers were turned into four easy points for Panther Richard LeCounte, coming off the bench in the fourth.
The Panthers hold a 2-0 region mark and are 12-4 overall. The boys were set to rematch McIntosh County Academy Saturday and return to region action next Friday, hosting Wayne County.
LCHS: 14|10|12|19=55, 6-of-14 at the line
SEHS: 7|6|10|19=42, 2-of-4 at the line
Liberty scorers: Freddie McSwain 17, Conner Bailey 13, Jishaun Harris 11. Richard LeCounte 6, Davion Mitchell and Joshua Powers 3, Xavier Tunstall 2

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