Toombs County traveled to Ludowici on Tuesday to take on Long County High School. Both games could have been won by either school, but when the night came to a close the Lady Tide had notched another victory while the Blue Tide had fallen.
In the early action the Lady Tide jumped out to a 14-7 lead in the first period and never looked back beating the Lady Bulldogs 49-40. Patra London and Malake Elix had 10 points each to lead the Lady Tide. Anazha Kincaid chipped in nine points, Elexxus Wrighton added eight and
Ja’Leshia Johnson and Jakayla Porter had six points each.
Head coach Brian Todd said the win was a result of solid play and effort by the entire team.
“It was a total team effort tonight, the guards got us up early and then the post players fought through a physical game and took over in the second half. We have previously relied on the jump shot a little too much so I was pleased that we got our post players involved and looked for them as our first option,” he said.
Todd also said that even though he was pleased with his team’s offensive production, there was some tight play towards the end of the game.
“Offensively I thought we played pretty well scoring in double figures in each quarter, we came in the first quarter and nailed four three-pointers which opened up our post game for the remainder of the night. We got beat early on the boards but we made some defensive adjustments at the half which really helped out,” Todd said. “We kind of lost our composure with about three minutes left to play after being up by fifteen points, but we found a way to hold on.”
Todd said that finishing games will be the key to the level of success that his team has throughout the season.
“Closing out games and staying under control will be a big emphasis this week and moving forward”, said Todd.
For the Blue Tide the night didn’t go as well as the boys fell 81-77. Head coach Deshon Brock said that he was pleased with his team on offense, but that their defense had to improve.
“We have to fix our defense and rebounding, these two areas of the game are killing us right now and cost us this game. You shouldn’t score seventy-seven points and lose, and that’s what happened tonight,” Brock said.
Henry Blair led all scorers with 30 points. Terry Smith finished with 14, Christian Bass added 12 and Ryheiem Izzad chipped in 10 points.
After Tuesday’s action the Lady Tide had a 2-2 record and the Blue Tide men stood at 3-2. On Friday the two team’s faced Screven County in Sylvania and on Saturday they took on Wayne County in Jesup. Pick up a Wednesday paper to find out results from these two games, and to find out what the coaches had to say.