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Men Panthers host first round at home
Lady panthers set for another road trip
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The Liberty County Panthers men’s basketball team will host round one of the state playoffs at home, despite losing their last regional playoff game against Glenn Hills Saturday, 39-49.
The Lady Panthers won their consolation game Saturday against Butler (63-45), but will travel for round one of state.

Men Panthers 39, Glenn Hills 49
While a low scoring game normally indicates a defensive battle, Panther head coach Willie Graham said it was fatigue on both benches that led to a lackluster game.
“There were tired bodies on both sides and they outlasted us,” he said. “We outscored them only once in the second half.”
Still the Panthers are top seed in 3-AAA. So they still host the first round of state playoffs at home and look to play the Worth County Rams of 1-AAA.
Graham described the Rams as big and physical, saying they have a top scorer who is roughly 6’ 8” eight inches tall and has scored up to 24 points in a game.
“We got our job cut out for us,” he said.
Tip off is at 7 p.m. at Liberty County High Friday.

Lady Panthers 63, Butler 45
After beating Harlem and losing to Glenn Hills, the Lady Panthers regrouped and toppled the Lady Bulldogs in their consolation game Saturday.
Lady Panther coach Carolyn Kelly said the road games were tough and the opponents very competitive as they battled their way into the first round of state playoffs.
“We went in and beat Harlem,” she said. “Then we played poorly against Glenn Hills. They held Metra (Walthour) to only 12 points and Nisha (Adams) to 8. The next day, Glenn Hills went on to beat Hephzibah. Hephzibah never had the lead. That tells you what type of teams we were up against.”
Kelly said Butler was another battle. They had defeated Glenn Hills just two weeks earlier. But the Lady Panthers made the most of their road trip by maintaining the 18-point lead for the victory.
The road trip continues for the Lady Panthers as they head to Albany to face the Westover High Lady Patriots in the first round of state. Tip-off is 6 p.m. Saturday.
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