The Long County Blue Tide basketball teams have now lost two straight games after starting the season 1-0. They hosted next-county rival Wayne County on Tuesday, November 22 and both teams fell with the girls losing by a point, 32-31, and the boys falling behind late in the contest, losing 54-45.
The Lady Blue Tide have not beaten the Lady Yellow Jackets in nearly 10 years and looked to change their recent luck. It looked like they had a chance to do just that as the low-scoring affair worked in their favor in the early going.
The Tide led 6-2 at the end of the first quarter as senior Adryanna Harley led the way for her team. After going 0-of-12 from 3-point range in their previous game, the Lady Tide was much more conservative from long range, shooting just four in the first half.
The Jackets worked their way back into the game in the second quarter, but never got over the Tide’s early lead. Harley hit a big 3 late in the first half as the Tide led 15-12 going into the locker room.
It was another back-and-forth battle in the third quarter before the Tide built their biggest lead of the game with 5-0 run to go up 24-17 with 35 seconds left.
Down 24-19 to start the fourth, the Lady Jackets hit back-to-back 3s to take their first lead of the game. A technical foul against the Lady Tide allowed the Jackets to go up 27-24 and a big three-point play gave the Jackets a 30-26 lead with 4:41 remaining.
The Tide worked their way back into the lead as Imani Pouncey hit a big 3-point shot to put her team up 31-30 with 1:30 left in the game. The next possession proved to be costly for the Tide.
As a Jacket broke away from the Tide, an intentional foul was called against Long County, giving the Jackets two free throws and the ball as they went up 32-31 with less than a minute left.
Harley led the Tide with 13 points on the night and attempted just one 3-point shot. The Tide are now 1-2 on the year.
The boys looked to rectify their 11-point loss to Richmond Hill the prior Friday. The team was 3-of-34 from 3-point range in that game and seemed to hold themselves a little more in check in the first half.
The Tide did go 0-of-4 from 3 in the first quarter, better than their 0-of-12 showing against the Wildcats, but were up 15-12 going into the second quarter.
Both teams were scoreless for nearly the first three minutes of the second quarter, but the Jackets turned it on after that. They went on a 7-3 run to go up 19-18 with 3:00 left in the half and built a 23-18 lead late.
The Tide closed the half on a 5-0 run to tie the game at 23-23 going into the locker room.
The Jackets came back out shooting in the third as they went up 28-23. That is when senior CJ Glenn got the hot hand. He hit his next three 3-point shots as the Tide went on an 11-0 run to go up 34-28 with 3:12 left in the third.
Wayne County outscored the Tide 8-4 to close the third but the Tide held a slim 38-36 lead.
The Jackets opened the final period hot as they held the Tide scoreless until there was 5:25 left in the game, while also going on a 7-1 run that included a four-point play after a foul on a three-point make.
Down 45-39 with 3:45 left to play, the Tide turned to the long range shot again. It did not go their way, however, as Glenn was the only one to hit his shots, going 2-of-6 in the quarter, and the team was 2-of-10 from 3.
The Tide could not overcome the Jackets’ early lead as they fell 54-45. Glenn was 5-of-12 from three and led with 16 points, 15 in the second half. The team was 6-of-25 from 3 in the game.
They are now 1-2 on the year and will be off until Friday, December 2 when they host the Groves Rebels in their first Region 3-AAA matchup of the year.