Basketball fans in Ludowici got a treat Friday as their Long County High School basketball teams swept Metter in big Region 2B-AA action.
The Blue Tide boys’ team won a wild 86-81 overtime battle, and the Lady Tide claimed a 59-49 win.
In the boys’ game, the Tigers held a late, 69-66 lead. But with 14 seconds left, Long County senior Vanda Vereen Jr. nailed a long 3-pointer to tie the game and force overtime. In the extra session, Vereen continued to impose his will, scoring 13 of Long County’s 17 points. Vereen scored a season-high 30 points. Also for Long County, Clay Strickland notched 21 points, while Danaron Anderson scored 12.
Friday’s early game also was tight through the first half, but the Lady Tide outscored the Lady Tigers, 17-7, in the third quarter to pull away.
Lady Tide Head Coach Brian Todd felt his team got off to a slow start, but played better in the second half.
“We didn’t take care of the basketball, but after making some adjustments at the half, we came out and attacked the basket. (Also) our defense stepped up, which led to great scoring opportunities,” he said.
Malaka Elix led the Lady Tide with 17 points, and Keshawdra Cooper and Katie Estill added 14 each Elexxus Wrighton, who Todd said went directly on the court after a 10-hour car trip, had nine points and 12 rebounds.
Todd cited Wrighton as representing “what our program does, which is you do whatever it takes to put your team over the top.”
With the wins the Blue Tide improved their overall record to 4-7 going into Saturday’s action, and the Lady Tide were 4-9.
Both teams were 2-2 in the region standings.
Long County was scheduled to travel to Vidalia for more region action.
Results from those games will be in Wednesday’s Coastal Courier.