Liberty County High School advanced to the quarter finals of the Region 2-AAAA playoffs and was scheduled to play Statesboro on Thursday after defeating South Effingham on Tuesday night in Guyton, 72-39.
Liberty made the win look easy and led 36-11 at the half.
Melvin King led Liberty with 14 points and Tabias Marion chipped in 10.
Coach Willie Graham said the Blue Devils will be a challenge and both teams have more than just a region title at stake.
"We need to shoot our free throws just as well (as we did against South Effingham), and we need to be aggressive and get to the free throw line a lot," Graham said. "Statesboro is traditionally a strong basketball program. But they will come hard because it means the same thing to them as it does to us — a trip to the state playoffs."
The Blue Tide basketball team’s season ended Tuesday with a 75-57 loss to Toombs County High School in Blackshear. Long County had been able to notch wins against the Bulldogs both times when they played during the regular season, but both games were won by a combined three points.
This time, the Bulldogs hit five 3-pointers and opened the game on a 17-0 run. The Blue Tide finished 9-16 overall record and 7-8 in 2-AA.
Robbie Bacon scored two goals and Adrien Vakerics added another but it wasn’t enough as the Liberty County High School boys’ soccer team fell to Savannah Country Day, 7-3, at home Tuesday night.
The Lady Panthers suffered the same fate falling to SCD 4-0.
Patty Leon and Mike Riddle contributed to this story.