Long County High School’s basketball teams played the final games of the regular season Friday in Darien, where the boys finished up with a win and the Lady Tide lost. The boys’ squad defeated McIntosh County Academy, 63-58, in overtime. The girls lost, 45-28, to the Lady Buccaneers.
The Long County teams now are preparing for the Region 2-AA tournament. Though Long County and Vidalia finished the season with the same region record — 14-2 — the Indians secured the No. 1 seed with a better overall record of 22-3, compared with the Blue Tide’s 17-7, which landed them the No. 2 seed. The Lady Tide enter the tournament as the No. 10 seed after finishing the regular season without a win. On Monday, the Lady Tide hit the road to play No. 7 seed Pierce County at 7:30 p.m.
The Tide boys have a semi-finals bye and will play an undetermined opponent at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Brewton-Parker.
Long County High School’s senior basketball players were honored Tuesday.
Eight players were recognized: Johnnae Jones, Jarquez Payne, Henry Peoples and David Stewart for the boys’ team and Jameka Boyd, Amandah Garvin, Christa Prescott and Laura Clary for the girls’ team.
Jones has been a member of the basketball team for three years and also is a member of the Youth Advisory Council. After graduation, he plans to join the Army. He was escorted by his mother, Romanita Jones.
Payne has been a member of the basketball team for four years, and also has participated in football and track and is a member of the YAC. After graduating, he plans to attend college to become an athletic trainer. He was escorted by his mother, Alisa Payne.
Peoples has been on the basketball team for two years. He plans to major in sports medicine and physical education in college. He was escorted by his parents, Iris and Henry Hugley.
Stewart was the team manager this season. He also played football and basketball and has been in band. He plans to join the Air Force. He was escorted by Romanda Stewart.
For the Lady Tide, Boyd played basketball for four years. After graduation, she plans to become a nurse. She was escorted by her mother, Marveta Boyd.
Garvin played one year of basketball, and plans to major in biology in college. She was escorted by her mother, Phyllis Ivey.
Prescott has been a member of the team for four years, and also was a member of the softball team and the Special Olympics. She was escorted by LCHS principal Scotty Hattaway.
Clary was on the team for four years. She plans to study psychology in college. She was escorted by her mother, Kelly Clary.