The Liberty County Lady Panthers were looking to avoid a two-game losing streak Friday against Tattnall County at home. Starting out, Liberty was not able to get the ball rolling, scoring only two points in the first quarter.
The Lady Warriors were not able to take advantage, scoring only five points and going 1 of 8 from the free throw line. Throughout the second, Liberty was still unable to pick up the momentum while Tattnall outscored the Lady Panthers 20 to 9 and went into halftime up 25 to 11.
Head coach Nichole Tazewell said she knew she had to pick her team up before returning to the floor.
"I told my team ‘ladies, at this point we’re down 14 points’," she said. "‘You can either lay down and let them blow you out on your own gym, or you can come out and fight’."
The Lady Panthers responded and did a complete 180 in the second half.
Although Tattnall outscored Liberty in the second half, the Lady Panthers were able to put up 20 points in the third quarter with senior forward Kiara Edwards scoring nine during an 8-minute span, and finished as the leading scorer for the team with 10.
Tazewell said she thought her team put up a better effort in the second half, especially on defense.
"I told my team if we would’ve played defense with the intensity we had in the third quarter in the first and second quarter, it would’ve been a complete opposite game," she said. "Our defense initiates us and gets us pumped up and it allows us for easy offense. Defensively we have to be in that mindset the very first quarter if you want a chance to compete."
The loss puts the Lady Panthers at 4-8 this season and 2-3 in Region AAA. Liberty County travels to Thomson next to take on the 7-7 Bulldogs, who are winless in the region.
No stats were available for the Liberty County vs Tattnall County boys game, however, the Panthers came out victorious over the Warriors 80-62.