By Curtis Rockwell, Sports Editor
The Picayune Item
HAMMOND, La. —
The Picayune girls won just their second basketball game of the season Friday night. But more importantly for the Lady Tide, they finally got a district win.
The homestanding Picayune girls avenged an earlier season loss to Long Beach, and knocked off the Lady 'Cats 51-39 at Kelly Wise Gym.
Maya Whitehead tallied a game high 18 points to pace Picayune, while Jada Simmons added 15 points. Brandy Magee, Kelisha McMorris and Terrah Harris all added seven points apiece in the winning effort.
Picayune and Long Beach are tied at 1-3 in league play, and both teams have two district games left next week before the division tournament.
West Harrison maintained a firm grip on first place in girls play in Division 8-5A action, as the Lady Hurricanes knocked off homestanding Pearl River Central Friday night 43-35.
The Lady Devils fell despite an outstanding performance from 6-foot-5 center Jessica Powers. The junior standout, who has committed to the University of Southern Mississippi, scored 19 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and blocked 11 shots in recording a triple-double in the loss. Caroline Lumpkin added 13 points and seven rebounds for the Lady Devils.
The Lady Devils travel to Long Beach on Tuesday, while the Lady Tide heads to West Harrison.
In other local girls action on Friday night, homestanding Harrison Central knocked off Poplarville 77-39 in non-district play.
Sheena Travis scored 15 for the Lady Hornets, while Shanesha Huderson added 10 points and Devynn Hart chipped in nine points for Poplarville.
It doesn't get any easier for the Lady Hornets when they return to Region 8-4A play Tuesday, as they host unbeaten Bay High.
In boys action Friday night, Picayune beat Long Beach 79-63 as Shemar Williams scored 35 points and West Harrison beat Pearl River Central 83-61.