Long County begins boys and girls basketball season Saturday, taking on Wayne County in Jesup.
The girls’ game starts at 5 p.m. with the boys following at 6:30. Before the season begins, the teams will host a scrimmage Friday against Toombs County, with the Lady Tide tipping off at 6 p.m. and Blue Tide following at 7:30.
The Long County boys are coming off a disappointing season, 6-21 overall and 1-13 in the Region 2-AA. The highlight of 2014 was an upset win in the region tournament, beating Bacon County to advance to the quarterfinals.
This year the Blue Tide look to improve under the leadership of Brendon Scott, who was the lone player recognized on the all-region team with honorable-mention distinction.
In addition to Scott, the Blue Tide should also have senior Shuvon Davis, junior Jamin Davis and sophomore Christian Bass as key contributors in 2015.
The Lady Tide went 18-10 overall and 7-7 in the region last season. They, too advanced into the quarterfinals of the region tournament, but failed to make the state playoffs as they did in 2014.
This year, the team should be ones in the region, with first team all-region member Elexxus Wrighton and second teamer Katie Estill both back.
The Lady Tide will also have Malaka Elix and Mya Howard, who each earned all-region honorable mention.
If those players alone aren’t enough to go into the year with a lot of optimism, there are also seniors Keke Calhoun, Caitlin Wingate and Keshawdra Cooper back.