Bacon County High School’s 2015-16 basketball seasons came to a close in the first round of the Region 2-AA tournament.
The Lady Red Raiders (0-21) fell for the third time in as many tries to Bryan County losing 48-30 last Tuesday at Long County High School. The Lady Redskins won the first meeting at home 53-10 back on December 18, and 67-24 in Alma on January 22.
The loss marked the second consecutive winless season for the Lady Red Raiders and extended their current losing streak to 46 straight games. Bacon County’s last win was January 21, 2014 against Toombs County in Lyons, 59-52. BCHS is 1-61 over three-plus seasons.
The Red Raiders (12-13) were also knocked off by Bryan County with a 57-53 loss Wednesday night in Ludowici in the “rubber match” of the series. The two teams split during the regular season with each winning at home. Bryan County captured a 63-50 victory with Bacon County winning 57-35.
The game pitted two teams going in opposite directions with the Red Raiders having won five of their last six while Bryan County had dropped six of its last seven.
Bryan County 48
Lady Red Raiders 30
After a pair of 43-point victories, Bryan County may have been looking past the Lady Red Raiders.
The Lady Redskins led just 13-7 after the opening period. They doubled up Bacon in the second period with a 12-6 scoring advantage to take a 25-13 lead at the break.
Bryan County blew the game open in the third period outpointing the Lady Red Raiders 16-2 to open up a 41-15 advantage.
Bacon County matched its production of the first three quarters during the final eight minutes to make the score more respectable.
Sunshine Batton and Destiny Lankford paced the Lady Red Raiders with eight points apiece. Batton did all of her scoring in the fourth quarter.
Cassie Heflin finished with seven points while T.J. Smith and Niya Moore contributed four and three points respectively.
Bryan County 57
Red Raiders 53, OT
Bryan County outpointed the Red Raiders 9-5 in overtime to advance to the region semifinals.
Bacon County had fought back from an eight-point deficit entering the fourth period using a 13-5 scoring advantage to tie the game at 48-all. The Red Raiders did not hit field goal during the overtime session getting all five points from the free throw line.
Bryan County jumped out to a 17-13 lead by the end of the opening stanza. An 8-all stalemate in the second quarter left the Redskins with a 25-21 lead at the break.
Bryan doubled up its halftime lead with an 18-14 third quarter scoring advantage to take a 43-35 lead into the final eight minutes.
Peyton Nobles paced the Red Raiders with 17 points. Lane Foster followed with 10 points while Trae Stewart and Jesus Brown netted eight points apiece. Eric Champion and Keanta Merritt chipped in with four points each.