The Long County boys and girls basketball teams lost to McIntosh County Academy on Tuesday in Darien.
The Blue Tide lost, 44-40, and the Lady Tide fell, 51-37.
In the girls’ game, Long County had a 9-3 lead at the end of the first period, but in the second period, McIntosh County hit several 3-pointers to go into halftime leading, 23-14. Trailing late in the game, the Lady Tide were forced to foul, and the Lady Buccaneers made most of their foul shots to extend their lead.
Derissa Crawford led Long County with 19 points, and Mikayla Lovett added nine points. The Lady Tide fell to 3-12 overall and 3-7 in the region.
Long County coach Kala Hires said her team did have one of its better outings against a good team.
“At the end of the game, we got tired, and then they out-hustled us. We played our top game for 24 minutes, but they played theirs for 32 minutes,” Hires said.
Hires was pleased with the play of Crawford and basketball newcomer Katie Estill.
“We are still having a hard time getting open when they press us. Derissa did really well getting open when we needed her, too,” Hires said. “Also, Katie Estill … she has never played basketball before. But I coached her at softball, and she is a good athlete who is quick. She listens well on the court and plays good defense and she is going to get more playing time.”
In the final period Tuesday, Lady Tide starter Kicha May went down with a knee injury and probably will not be back this week, according to Hires.
“We don’t know for sure, but she probably won’t be at 100 percent this week, so I will probably keep her out to make sure she is completely healthy for the playoffs,” Hires said.
In the boys’ game Tuesday, the Blue Tide held a 23-17 halftime lead, but couldn’t hold on. Jamaal Anderson, Josh Berry and Chris LaRochester each had 10 points for Long County. With the loss, the Blue Tide fell to 10-11 overall and 6-4 in the region.
Both Long County teams are back on the court tonight as they host Metter. Tonight’s game also is senior night. The girls’ game begins at 6:30, with the boys’ game to follow.