Liberty County’s basketball teams suffered losses at Richmond Hill Tuesday and a Region 2-AAA loss at Long County this past Friday night
Tuesday at Richmond Hill, the Liberty Lady Panthers lost to the Lady Wildcats 39-33. The Panthers lost the game by only two points 58-56.
The final score from the girls’ game was not available.
The boys’ game was a barn-burner with the Blue Tide edging out a one point win against the defending state champions 73-72.
During the girls’ matchup Tuesday, each team traded baskets with the first quarter showing the Lady Panthers up by one point, 12-11. The defensive battle continued into the second quarter where the Lady Wildcats took the lead at intermission 19-17.
The Lady Wildcats held the advantage by outscoring the Liberty girls by four points in the second half of play.
Lady Panther Domonique Roberts led the team with nine points. Kiara Edwards had eight and Jasmine Brooke had seven. Roberts and Meleina Davis each hit a three-point shot.
Edwards was 2 of 6 at the line and Brooks was 3 of 5.
In the boys’ game, the Panthers are still trying to make do without Davion Mitchell who has a foot injury.
Richmond Hill had a seven point lead at the close of the first quarter but the game was tied 26-26 at the half.
Liberty took a 38-35 lead at the end of the third but the Wildcats outscored the Panthers 23-18 in the final quarter for the two-point win.
Junior Will Richardson continues to lead the team scoring 20 points. Tyreon Freeman had 16 points and Tracey White had 11.
Richardson was 6 of 11 at the line. Freeman was 2 for 2 and Jaalon Frazier was 3 of 4.
The Liberty boys are 3-3 overall. The Lady Panthers are 1-4.
Both squads then traveled to Ludowici to open region play. The final score from the girls’ game was not available.
The boys’ game was another barn-burner with the Blue Tide edging out a one point win against the defending state champions 73-72.
Full stats were not available by press time and a full report from the region game will be in Wednesday’s Coastal Courier.