Long 91, Claxton 76
The Long County High School boy’s basketball team won its first game of the season Thursday, defeating Claxton High School in a scrimmage.
The Tide took control early and, going into the third period, led 64-54.
In the final period, the Tide outscored the Tigers 27-22. Justin Boyd and Norman Thompson put up six apiece, while Robert Goslee and Donte Brown each added five. Long County was victorious at the buzzer, winning 91-76.
Four Long County players scored double-digit points. Brown had 10, Goslee 16, Thompson 24 and Boyd led the squad with 30 points.
Though the Tide won fairly easily, Long County head coach Deshon Brock said he wasn’t entirely pleased with this team’s performance."We were shaky at times, inconsistent and we had some mental blocks. Our decision-making was sporadic at times, too. Those were our negatives. But, on the positive side, we played hard. Our effort was good and, at crunch time, we played as a team, and came together," Brock said.
"We have a young team. Once we get past our core group of players, we may have one senior on the court with four freshmen. Our leaders, Justin (Boyd), (Robert) Goslee, Norman (Thompson) and Donte (Brown), they did a good job tonight at being leaders," the coach said.
Long 52, Claxton41
The Lady Tide has a win under their belt after the team defeated the Lady Tigers, 52-41. The Lady Tide outscored the visitors, taking a 31-14 lead in at the half.
In the second half, however, the Claxton girls came out on fire and outscored the Ludowici girls 27-21. But it wasn’t enough and the Lady Tide held on to win the scrimmage 52-41.
The leading scorers for the ladies were Tashanna Livingston with 8 points, Sally Richardson with 11, Caela LaRochester with 14 and India Gamble led with 19 points.
"I was impressed with our effort," head coach Ryan Bailey said. "We played hard for four quarters, and that’s what we want to do."
The coach added, "India (Gamble) stepped up and had some big threes. Caela (LaRochester) also stepped up, and another player who played well, though its not seen on the score board, was Miranda McDowell. She made several good assists."
The regular season begins Friday when the Blue Tide take on the Region 3-AAAAA Bradwell Tigers in Hinesville. The girl’s game starts at 6 p.m. and the boys follow at 7:30.