Long County’s girls basketball team played hard against tough rivals over the weekend in Ludowici. But the Lady Tide fell in both games, dropping their overall record to 4-5 and the Region 2-AAA mark to 0-1.
Friday, the Lady Tide faced Liberty County in both’s first Region 2-AAA game of the season. The game was competitive until the end, with both having opportunities for victory.
The Lady Panthers pulled out the win 66-65. Leading Long County scorers were Ellexus Wrighton who had 11 points, Malaka Elix 12, and Patra London with 22 points.
Long County head coach Brian Todd said first half errors hurt his team, but that play improved in the second.
“We turned the ball over a lot in the first half, but were able to clean things up in the second half,” Todd said.
The coach also said he was proud of how they came back and never quit.
“We played hard against a great team that we have never beaten, and yet with six seconds in the game we had the ball in our hands and had our chance to win, we just came up a little bit short tonight,” he said.
The Lady Panthers’ leading scorer was Destiny Craig, who had 22 points. With the win Liberty County improved overall to 2-4 and 1-0 in their region.
Saturday, the Lady Tide were back on the court against Wayne County. Again, Long County played hard, but came up short, 51-35.
With the win, the Yellow Jackets improved to 7-1 overall.
Friday, Long County plays in Blackshear against the Pierce County. The Lady Bears go into the region match with a 4-2 overall record and a 0-1 mark in the region. Game time is 6 p.m.