Liberty County boys’ basketball team improved to 9-1 overall with a 62-51 win Saturday at Tattnall County.
The Liberty girls fell to the Lady Warriors 52-48. Stats for the girls were not available by press time. The Lady Panthers are 2-5 overall.
For the boys, Panther guard Davion Mitchell knocked in 20 points. Will Richardson scored 12 and Jishaun Harris added 11 for the double-digit scorers. Mitchell had a double-double with 11 assists as well.
Liberty was 17 of 24 from the line.
The Panthers were scheduled to host Statesboro Tuesday evening. The final score was not in by press time.
The Liberty teams will open Region 3-AAAA action Friday, hosting Burke County.
“I have confidence that our team can make a good run through our region this year,” Panther head coach Julian Stokes said. “We will take it one game at a time and deal with whatever the result is afterward. We have some pretty tough teams in our region that are going to come at us. We are the defending region champs, so the target is on our backs.”
Stokes said Burke County is known for running the flex motion offense.
“They do a good job of keeping constant motion and setting solid on- and off-ball screens, freeing each other open,” he said. “The key for us is going to be our communication on defense and being active.”
Stokes said playing defense with energy will be a key factor.
“But I am sure our guys have no problem bringing that,” Stokes said about intensity.
The first-year coach said Burke has been known to play mostly man-to-man defensive.
“We haven’t seen a whole lot pressure being put on us so far, so it will be a good test for us for sure,” he said. “I’m excited to make my first run through the region as the head coach.”
Friday’s action starts at 7 p.m. with the Lady Panthers hitting the court first. The boys’ game will follow.