By Curtis Rockwell, Sports Editor
The Picayune Item
The Pearl River Central girls clinched the second seed in the upcoming Division 8-5A Tournament with a big win over homestanding Long Beach Tuesday night.
The Lady Devils overcame a one point halftime deficit with a big third quarter, and pulled out a 49-45 win over the Lady 'Cats.
Caroline Lumpkin had a game high 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for PRC, while Jessica Powers scored 16 points and pulled down 17 rebounds in the winning effort.
The Lady Devils are 11-10 overall and stand 3-2 in league play.
PRC trailed 23-22 at halftime, despite getting 14 points from Lumpkin in the first half. But the Lady Devils outscored LBHS 15-9 in the third frame to take the lead for good.
The PRC win combined with West Harrison's 47-33 win over Picayune secured the first seed for the Lady Hurricanes and the second spot for the Lady Devils in the league tourney, which will take place at Kelly Wise Gym in Picayune in two weeks.
Both the Lady Tide and the Long Beach girls are 1-4 in league play, and each have beaten the other.
The West Harrison boys also secured the top seed in the league tourney, with a 70-56 win over Picayune. The win by the Hurricanes and Pearl River Central's 82-63 thumping of Long Beach Tuesday night assures that the Maroon Tide and Blue Devils will meet in the opening round of the district tournament.
Ashton Woodson poured in a career high 38 points for PRC in the win.
Picayune hosts PRC in a pair of varsity games Friday night to wrap up regular season district play.
In Division 8-4A girls play Tuesday night, Bay High remained unbeaten at 23-0 on the season with an 80-39 win over homestanding Poplarville.
Shaneisha Huderson paced Poplarville with 10 points, while Christa Reed tallied 23 for the Lady Tigers. Bretta Hart, in her return to Poplarville, scored 13 points for Bay High.
The Poplarville boys remained in first place in the league with a 57-53 win over Bay High. Alex Travis scored 17 points for the Hornets while Rojae Raine added 15 points in the winning effort.