The Long County High School boys’ and girls’ basketball teams picked up wins Saturday against Metter in Ludowici.
The Blue Tide downed the Tigers, 53-51, and while the Lady Tide claimed a 56-51 victory.
LCHS boys’ head coach Deshon Brock said the difference in his team’s game was that the Tide defended well and played hard until the final buzzer.
Xavier Stapleton led the Blue Tide with 14 points, and Clay Strickland who had 12 points.
With the non-region win, the Blue Tide improved their overall record to 4-9. Their Region 2-AA mark remained 1-4. Metter fell to 3-8 overall.
In the girls’ game, LCHS head coach Brian Todd said that his team made adjustments in the second half that keyed them to the win.
“A big win for us to defeat a team that had beaten us earlier in the season (69-62), especially since we were without our leading scorer Katie Estill … in the first half, they dominated us on the boards, but after making some halftime adjustments, we came out and really cleaned up on the glass,” Todd said.
LCHS’ Elexxus Wrighton led all scorers with 20 points and also took down 16 rebounds. Malaka Elix added 15 points, and Mya Howard who had 10 points.
The Lady Tide improved to 11-4 overall and, as of Monday, were ranked No. 18 in Class AA, according to MaxPreps.com. Their region record is 2-3 in the region.
Metter fell to 6-5 overall.
On Tuesday, the Long County teams were scheduled to travel to Alma to face Bacon County in region action. Results from those games were not available at press time.
On Friday, the Tide teams are back home for more region action. The LCHS girls take on St. Vincent’s Academy at 6 p.m., and the boys face Benedictine Military School after.
Results will be posted at www.coastalcourier.com and in the Courier.