Tuesday wasn’t a good night for Long County, as both the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams fell to the squads from Vidalia.
In the early game, the Lady Tide lost, 67-54. They struggled through three periods of play, falling behind, 55-34. However, in the final period, Long County played solid defense and began to find its mark, outscoring the Lady Indians, 20-12. With their good play down the back stretch, the Lady Tide narrowed the gap, but still came up short.
Katie Estill led Long County with 16 points. Malaka Elix added 14 points, and Elexxus Wrighton had 10 points.
Lady Tide head coach Brian Todd said that though his team played well, the Lady Tide were hampered by early mistakes.
“In the first half, we turned the ball over a lot and didn’t take care of the ball,” he said. “In the second half, we were more aggressive with our full-court man (defense), and we were only outscored by one point.”
Todd said that in the second half, the players showed that they could compete against anyone in Region 2-AA.
“Vidalia is the best team in the region. We learned tonight that we can play with the big boys,” he said.
In Tuesday’s second game, the woes for the Long County boys continued as they dropped their fifth game in a row, 72-48, to the undefeated Indians. The visitors outscored the Blue Tide in every period.
Brendon Scott led the Blue Tide with 16 points, and Clay Strickland added 10 points.
With the region losses, the Blue Tide fell to 1-6 overall and 0-3 in the region, while the Lady Tide fell to 5-3 and 1-2.
Long County was scheduled to play Bryan County on Friday and Pierce County on Saturday. Results from those games will be online and in Wednesday’s Courier.
On Tuesday, the Blue Tide and Lady Tide travel to Hazlehurst to take on Jeff Davis in another important region game. The girls play at 6 p.m., and the boys’ game will follow.