The Long County High School boys and girls basketball teams will be at home Saturday night for their rematch with Liberty County High School.
They hope it won’t be déjà vu.
Liberty County swept the varsity doubleheader in their first meeting at Liberty County.
The Blue Tide boys will be trying to avenge a 65-46 loss to the Panthers and Long County coach Deshon Brock knows it won’t be an easy task.
"Hopefully, the first game jitters are out of our system and we can finally get that elusive first win against the Panthers," Brock said.
Region 2-AA member Long County has lost all five of their previous games against Liberty, a Region 2A-AAAA team and a state power. But all five of those games have been competitive.
The Panthers are 4-1 heading into tonight’s contest against Tattnall County; Long County is 1-3. The Blue Tide are averaging 58 points a night while Liberty is scoring 63 a game.
The Panthers are giving up 53 points per game while the Tide are allowing 62.
In the girls matchup, coach Ryan Bailey knows his team will have its hands full as well.
"The Liberty game looks to be another big test," Bailey said. "They beat us by 20-plus points our first meeting, partly because we didn’t control the glass. We must make a concentrated effort to get rebounds and make our layups and free throws. If we can make these changes, we should be more competitive."
The Lady Panthers are 3-2 heading into tonight’s game against Tattnall County. The Lady Tide are 0-2.
JV games begin at 3:30 p.m. The varsity girls game is scheduled for 6:30, and the boys tipping off at 8.