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Men Panthers on top of region 3-AAA, Ladies in second place
Men and Lady Panthers easily defeat Burke
Jordan McRae leaps over a Beach High opponent in December. He scored 19 points in the game against Burke and Michael Manning scored 21. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon
As the Liberty County Panthers defeated the Burke County Bears in their second meeting this season, they came that much closer to hitting the regional playoffs on their way to the final four in region 3-AAA.
The victory Friday put the Men Panthers on top of their region. The Lady Panthers are in second behind rival Hephzibah.
The first time the Panthers faced the Bears was in Burke County on Dec. 7. The Men and Lady Panthers easily handed the Bears losses of 82-54 and 86-48, respectively.
The Bears entered the Panthers' gym Friday hoping for retaliation, but the Panthers once again pounced first and fast and sent the Bears home with losses.
The Men Panthers defeated the Bears 74-49 and remain undefeated in region 3-AAA. They improve to 14-2 overall and 6-0 in the region.
The Lady Panthers are 14-2 and 5-1 in the region. They defeated the Lady Bears 71-43 in their second game without star forward, LaQuananisha Adams, again proving their secondary and bench can carry on the foundation that Adams and Metra Walthour help lay out over the past four years.
Walthour hit an all time high 29 points against the Bears, 18 in the second half.
The future of the Lady Panthers continues to step up their game and Kourtney Alexander, Candice Barham and Miata Askew scored 14, 14 and 12, respectively, proving the Lady Panthers will be a team to contend with the rest of this season and next.
The Panthers were scheduled to play a non-region game against McIntosh Academy on Saturday before returning to regional action at Richmond Hill Tuesday.
The Men had little difficulty defeating Richmond Hill in their first meet, but plan to focus on each regional opponent as if their playoff contention depended upon it.
The Lady Panthers will focus on Richmond Hill first but their thoughts of revenge are focused on their rematch at home against Hephzibah their only region loss to date.

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