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Panthers plank the Buccaneers
The Panthers first played the Buccaneers at home in December where Shontavious Clay (wearing white) jumped for the rebound against a defender. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon
The Liberty County Panthers tipped off against the McIntosh Academy Buccaneers in a non-region game on a soggy Saturday afternoon.
The Panthers held on to a six-point lead to win 57-51.
"It was a tough game," Panther head coach Willie Graham said. "We turned the ball over the first four or five times we had it."
Graham feels his team may have gone into the game overconfident and forgetting the fatigue that can set in after playing hard, back-to-back-games.
"We were a little sluggish," he said. "But we fought back a little harder and held on to win."
The Panthers were to travel to Richmond Hill last night for a regional rematch. The last time the men's teams faced each other the Panthers came out on top with an easy 64-45 victory. Graham is not one to ever underestimate a team, however, and knows Richmond Hill will fight hard to defend their home court.
"Last time we played them we were down at half time," he said. "We can't take them lightly and we will need to play tough on our defense."
In Darien, the Lady Panthers held on to win 52-22 in a low scoring, defensive game. Lady Panther coach Carolyn Kelly said she was able to play most of her secondary squad, giving them game experience in anticipation of their roles next season.
"We are coming along and we are able to make adjustments according to the type of teams we are playing," she said. "I was really impressed with the defense in this game."
The Lady Panthers were also scheduled to travel to Richmond Hill last night but most are longing for Friday's rematch to Hephzibah, their only regional loss so far.

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