Liberty County’s basketball teams were swept Saturday at Statesboro. The same day, the Bradwell Institute boys lost a non-conference game at New Hampstead, 62-27.
The Liberty boys dropped a 68-66 decision in a heated battle.
The Panthers and Blue Devils matched basket for basket throughout the first half. The game was tied 15-15 at the end of the first quarter and 34-34 at halftime.
Liberty outscored the Blue Devils, 14-11, in the third quarter. The Blue Devils, however, made a leap in the fourth, outscoring the Panthers, 23-18.
Liberty County sophomore Devion Mitchell led all scorers with 31 points, including a 9-for-12 showing at the free-throw line. Milik Wallace chipped in 18 points for the Panthers.
The Panthers, 1-1, play at Tattnall County Friday.
The Lady Panthers also fell at Statesboro, 66-42, to a strong Lady Blue Devil team. Senior Lady Panther Jaelynn James was named the player of the game by the coaching staff after leading the squad with 14 points. Tia Fleming had 12 points and 15 rebounds.
The Lady Panthers, 1-1, play at Tattnall County on Friday. The girls tip off at 6:30 p.m., and the boys will follow.
The Tigers had some trouble holding onto the ball, which the Phoenix used to their advantage.
“We need to get better and work as hard as we can and stop the unforced turnovers,” coach Brett Hellgren said. “If we can do that, we will have a shot.”
The Tigers, 0-2, host Wayne County on Friday night, right after the Lady Tigers play Wayne at 7.
Update: According to an email received from Tiger Athletic Director Ken Griffin Friday's games hosting Wayne County have been cancelled.