The Vidalia teams ended four-game win streaks that the Long County boys and girls basketball teams were riding, with the Indians winning 96-77 and the Lady Indians winning 72-66 Tuesday.
Blue Tide head coach Deshon Brock said he felt Vidalia’s edge in 3-point shooting and turnovers by his team were the difference in the game.
“I thought we didn’t close out their shooters well, and that allowed them to knock down more 3s than we would have liked them to make, they also were able to force us into some turnovers that led to fast-break points for them,” he said.
Though Brock was disappointed with the loss, he praised the Indians.
“We were never able to get the lead back once we lost it midway through the first quarter. Versus a good team like them, you can’t turn the ball over, and you have to close out on their shooters. And we didn’t do that, they were the better team tonight,” he said.
The leading scorers for the Blue Tide were Xavier Stapleton (14 points), Perrell Brisbane (11), Henry Blair (10), Ryhiem Izzard (10) and Brendon Scott (9).
Brock said his team will get back on the court and start working toward its next win.
“We have to learn from that game,” he said. “We have to limit our turnovers and play better on ball defense. … We will see them again.”
In the early game, the Lady Tide came out strong and matched the Lady Indians bucket for bucket,tying the game 16-16 after one period of play.
But in the second period, Vidalia outscored the Lady Tide 27-13 and never looked back in securing the win.
With the Region 2-AA losses, both Tide teams sit at 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the region.
On Friday, the Long County teams took on the Bryan County teams in Ludowici, and then on Saturday, they traveled to Waycross to tackle Ware County. A full story on these important region games will be in this Wednesday’s paper.
On Tuesday, the Lady Tide and Blue Tide travel to Hazlehurst to take on the Jeff Davis teams.
As of Friday, the Lady Yellow Jackets were undefeated, posting a 7-0 overall record and a 2-0 region mark. They also were ranked at No. 6 in the state in the MaxPreps/Power Poll for AA teams. The Yellow Jackets currently sit at 4-3 overall and 1-1 in the region.
The girls’ game begins at 6 p.m., and the boys follow at 7:30.