Liberty County HS continues to dominate Region 3-AAA as the Panthers hold on to first place with a 5-0 region record after dropping Richmond Hill at home 61-54 Tuesday night.
The Lady Panthers are ranked third in the region with a 55-44 win against the Lady Wildcats. Both seem poised for a run at state.
Three Panthers scored in the doubles with Jordan McRae pacing the boys, sinking in 25 points against the Wildcats. Rion Brown added 13 and Terrell Johnson dropped in 12 for the 7-point win. The win keeps the boys squad in first place of their region with an overall 13-1 record and undefeated 5-0 region record. They moved up in the GaSports.com coaches poll from fourth to third place across the state.
Panther coach Willie Graham said his team played more consistent than they did against Burke last week, but added he still wants to fix things as they prepare for the Long road trip to Baldwin County tonight for their third of four back-to-back region games.
"We have to get more consistent," he said. "We were a little bit better in this game but we still have a ways to go."
He said he is still searching for the perfect game from his boys and knows the pressure to stay on top is on them.
"Everybody is going to be coming after us," he said. "We generally play pretty good ball so they are going to be set to try and beat us. We are in a new region and everyone is scrambling to be the big dog in a new region. And so are we."
His goal is to stay on top of the region and get the first round bye and automatic trip to state.
The Baldwin Braves are struggling this season with an overall record of 4-11 and a region record of 1-2.
Candace Barham had a double-double with 13-points and 10 rebounds against the Lady Wildcats to keep the Lady Panthers ahead by 11. Kourtney Alexander pitched in 14 points to lead the offense in their victory.
The 11-3 and 4-1 Lady Panther squad will face a tough Lady Braves team tonight. The Lady Braves are 14-1 and 3-0 for the region.
Tip-off in Baldwin is set for 6 p.m.
Lady Panther Box scores was not available