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Long Ladies lose to Pierce County Bears
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BLACKSHEAR — Friday, the Long County Ladies traveled to Blackshear to take on Pierce County, and lost in a one-sided game 69-32.
Coming into the game, the Lady Bears were clearly the favorites.  They currently have the best offense in the 2-AA Region averaging 55 points a game, and have the third best defense, giving up only 41 points per game.
The Lady Blue Tide showed great determination early, and matched their opponents 13-13 in the first period.  But in the second, the visitors showed why they have a 12-3 overall record, and were number two in the region, as the older and bigger team began to overpower the girls from Ludowici.  The Long girls were outscored 21-8 in the second.
According to Head Coach Julie Daffron, everything that could go wrong, did go wrong in the game.
“We had Brittany (Mills) and India (Gamble) foul out way before the game ended, which didn’t help, and we had 25 turnovers in the game. That’s way too many,” the coach said.
Daffron and her team, had to go into this game without two of their starters from earlier in the season, losing one on Jan. 15 and then, earlier this week, losing Caela LaRochester to a thumb injury.
In the game, one of the few bright spots was found in the play of one of the smallest players on the court.
“A good thing about this game was my 5’-2”, 94-pounder, Angel Wilson; She had 14 points which was her season high,” the coach said.
Daffron added, “She has really stepped up this year in every aspect; classroom, maturity, on and off the court”.
The coach summed up the season: “My philosophy and work ethic hasn’t changed since last year, we’ve had some tough breaks and at this point in the season we are simply surviving and trying to keep a positive attitude.”
She added, “It’s hard to watch a bad season, but as a coach, sometimes that’s just how it goes.”
With the loss the Blue Tide Ladies overall record dropped to 5-12.  The ladies took on Charlton County last night in Ludowici, but results from that game were not available in time for this story.
This Friday, the girls will have to take on 4-AAAA Brunswick High School.  Tip off against the Lady Pirates, is at 6 p.m. and it will be in Brunswick.
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