In a nail-biter that went down to the final seconds Saturday, the Long County High School girls’ basketball team dropped a 50-49 decision to Metter in Ludowici for its first loss of the season.
With 40 seconds left to play and the game tied up, 48-48, Long County’s Katie Estill drew a foul on a layup attempt. She made her first free throw, but missed the second to give the Tide a 1-point lead. Metter’s Latasha Johnson responded with a layup and was fouled. Johnson missed her free throw, but the Lady Tigers still led by one with 15 seconds left.
The Lady Blue Tide took it down the court, but Metter played aggressive defense, forcing a tie-up that gave the Tigers the ball. Forced to foul, Long County never got another shot.
“I thought we played hard the entire game. We missed a lot of foul shots (19) and got beat on the boards by a bigger team,” Long County head coach Brian Todd said. “Our team realizes that as bad as we shot and rebounded, plus our foul trouble … we still had a shot to win it at the end — you can’t ask for much more than that.”
Mya Howard led Long County with 13 points. Estill had 12 points.
Todd said he just wants his team to refocus and learn from their mistakes.
“We are just going to store that loss away until we meet them again in January,” he said.
With the loss, Long County fell to 3-1.
Also Saturday, the Lady Blue Tide junior-varsity team won its game, 33-19.
The Lady Tide were scheduled to host Groves on Tuesday in region action. Results will be in this Sunday’s Courier.
Long County plays McIntosh County on Friday in Darien. The JV game tips off at 4 p.m., while the varsity game starts at 6:30.