Pierce County split a pair of Region 1-AAA affairs with the top two teams in the standings winning at home and falling on the road.
The Bears (9-8 overall, 4-3 region) garnered a split of the season series with Long County notching a 78-58 home win Tuesday, February 2. The Blue Tide (8-5, 4-2), who lost for the second time in three games, recorded a 63-51 home win over PCHS January 15.
Pierce County ran into a hot-shooting Pirates squad Friday, February 5, in Baxley. The Pirates (10-1, 6-1) completed the season sweep with a 78-56 victory. That followed a 57-49 decision in Bearville January 19.
PCHS closes out the regular season Thursday, February 11, in a jayvee-varsity doubleheader at Brantley County.
Long County 58
Pierce County had four players score in double figures while combining for 66 points to lead the Bears past Long County.
D.J. Bell (three treys) scored 15 of his game-high 23 points over the final two periods. Zay Plummer bagged 10 of his 16 points during the second half.
Jermaine Brewton (two treys) scored eight of his 14 points in the first period. Jayden Crews (two treys) followed with 13 points.
Pierce County led the Blue Tide at the end of every period starting with an 18-8 advantage in the first. The Bears outpointed Long County 15-12 in the second stanza to take a 33-20 lead at intermission.
The scoring pace picked up over the final 16 minutes. The Blue Tide clipped PCHS 22-21 in the third quarter to trail 54-42 with eight minutes to play. Pierce County held off the challenge in the fourth period outscoring the visitors 24-16 for the final margin.
PCHS, which hit seven treys and was 17-of-28 from the free throw line, received contributions from four other players. Maleek Chandel chipped in five points with Ty Everson netting three points. Jaquez White and A.J. Staten each finished with two points.
Long County, which connected on just three treys and was 9-of-14 from the line, got 21 points from Tostadas Pouncey and 15 from Camryn Johnson.
Appling County 78
Host Appling County blistered the nylons during a 47-point explosion in the first half en route to the win over the Bears.
The Pirates, who had five players reach double figures, drained 20 field goals with six coming from behind the arc in the first 16 minutes. They cooled in the second half making just 11 more field goals with three from long distance.
Appling County bolted out to a 24-10 advantage by the end of the opening stanza. A 23-18 scoring margin in the second period pushed the Pirates lead to 47-28 at the break.
The two teams matched points in the third period with each scoring 16. Appling County outpointed the Bears 15-12 in the fourth quarter.
Plummer led PCHS with 18 points. Bell scored 13 of his 15 points over the middle two quarters. Staten hit a pair of treys in the first and fourth periods scoring his 12 points.
Brewton netted eight points hitting a pair of treys. White added a trey finishing with three points.
Appling County’s Taylen Crosby scored a game-high 20 points with 14 coming in the first half connecting on four treys. Gage Lott bagged 12 of his 14 points in the first half.
Darris Smith and Buzzy Thorpe (all in the second half) followed with 11 points apiece. Jaylen Green contributed 10 points.