Lady Tide still unbeaten

Published 5:28 pm Thursday, November 15, 2007

Picayune’s girls basketball team is finding the water quite nice at the inaugural Beach vs. Bayou Tipoff Tournament.

The Lady Tide won it second straight game for the second straight day in the event at the Tigerdome on Wednesday, dispatching O. Perry Walker of New Orleans 60-46.

It was the second consecutive win against a traditional power from the Crescent City area for second year head coach Kristie Mitchell’s crew, as on Tuesday Picayune beat Country Day of Metarie 56-54.

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Picayune now stands 4-0 on the young campaign, after going 0-26 last season.

“Experience is absolutely the biggest difference,” Mitchell, also the longtime coach for slow pitch and fast pitch softball at PMHS said. “Playing time is what most of these girls needed, and they have gotten it over the past year. Plus, this past summer we were able to attend several team camps and shootouts which we didn’t get to do last year, and that has really made a difference as well. These girls have been together and playing together as a team for an entire year now. We still have a long ways to go, but we are improving.”

Mitchell took over late last year after Picayune graduated its top seven players from the season before, and the Lady Tide never were able to get in sync. That hasn’t been a problem so far this year as the team has recorded four straight wins to begin the year, including winning the Forrest County AHS Tournament last week.

Picayune has one game left in this week long tourney at Bay High, which pits South Mississippi teams against those from South Louisiana. The Lady Tide will take on Mt. Carmel from New Orleans Saturday morning at 11 a.m.

On Wednesday, the Lady Tide used a 10-1 spurt early in the game to jump out to a 16-6 lead an never looked back.

The Lady Tide were ahead 22-12 after one quarter, and when Hillary Dickens stuck in a putback early in the second stanza Picayune had doubled the Lady Chargers at 24-12. Walker never cut the lead to single digits again.

Monique Brown continued her fine work at the event, scoring a game high 21 points to pace Picayune. That was after Brown scored 22 points to lead the Lady Tide in the win over Country Day on Tuesday.

Against Walker, Karly Moran added 15 points in the win while Ebony Jones added nine.

In Tuesday’s win, Moran followed Brown’s total with nine, while Janea Wills added nine as well and Autumn Jackson tallied eight.

In that game, the Lady Tide led by 15 in the second half before holding off a furious Country Day rally to seal the win.