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Tides split wins with Pierce County
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Justin Boyd hits a 3-pointer against Pierce County. the sophomore had 18 points in the win. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
Lady Tides 64, Lady Bears 75
The Long County girl’s basketball team put up a game effort Saturday, but couldn’t hold off a fourth-quarter surge by the Pierce County Lady Bears, and lost 64-75.
Playing in Ludowici, the Lady Bears jumped out to a 7-2 run over the first three minutes.  But over the next four minutes the Tide outscored the visitors 10-1 to go up 12-8.  By the end of first period Long County led 20-14.
In the second period, Pierce County out rebounded the Lady Tide, and it was reflective on the scoreboard, as they out shot the home team 24-17, to go in at the half with a 38-37 lead.
In the third period, both teams fought hard and were evenly matched. By the end of that quarter, the Lady Bears had only a two-point lead, and going into the fourth it was 53-51.
The final period was one that Long County wishes they could have back, as they were unable to slow the scorers on the opposing team. Pierce County put up 22, to the home team’s 13.
In the game Brittany Mills and Angel Wilson each had 9 points, Caela LaRochester had 10, Shareka Turner had 13 and Shanetra Quarterman led the Blue Tide with 21 points.
With the loss, the Long County girls drop into sixth place in the Region 2-AA standings.  The Blue Tide is trying to get that coveted fourth spot to make the play-offs. Now Appling County is in fourth, having a 2-1 region record, and Jeff Davis is in fifth with a 1-3 mark.
The Lady Tide currently stands at 1-4 in the region, and were to have a crucial game in Baxley Tuesday against Appling.  A story on that game will be in an upcoming edition of the Courier.

Tides 84, Bears 51
The Long County men are now 10-2
Saturday, the Long County Blue Tide boys continued to show why they are one of the best teams in the state. They won easily over the Pierce County Bears.  Four players scored in double digits.
Long County wasted no time, jumping to an 11-0 lead in the first four minutes.  By the end of the first period they had extended their lead to 21, on top 29-8.
In the second period, the Bears kept the game competitive by scoring 17 to the Tide’s 19. So at the half, the home team was up 48-25.
The third quarter was dominated by Long County, as they held Pierce County to 10 points, while scoring 26, to put themselves up 74-35 at the end of three.
In the final period, head coach Deshon Brock made several substitutions, but the Blue Tide men still out shot the visitors 16-10, making the final score a lopsided 84-51.
In the game, Jimmy Bacon put up 11 points, Justin Boyd and Ricky Rivera each had 18, while the big shooter for the night was Robert Gamble with 19 points.
The win improved the team to 10-2 overall, but more importantly 4-1 in the 2-AA Region standings.  The Tide is currently third in the region, behind the Appling County Pirates (4-0 region, 11-1 overall) and the Savannah Christian Red Raiders (3-0 region, 4-4 overall).
Tuesday, the Tide traveled to Baxley for a showdown with the Pirates, but results were not available.  A story will be in an upcoming edition of the Courier.
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