Picayune sweeps Poplarville

Published 11:10 pm Wednesday, January 9, 2008

One was an exciting nail-biter and one was a dominant performance, but in the end it spelled a Picayune sweep over visiting Poplarville Tuesday night.

The Lady Tide beat the Lady Hornets for the second time this season, but first in Region 8-4A play, as Picayune overcame a 12 point halftime deficit and pulled out a 60-55 overtime win.

Meanwhile, the eighth ranked Maroon Tide, even playing without leading scorer Chris Dees, rolled to an easy 91-40 win over the Hornets.

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• In the girls game, Picayune moved to 11-7 overall and 2-3 in league play with the exciting come from from behind win.

“We came out sluggish for some reason early, and I was disappointed by that,” Lady Tide head coach Kristie Mitchell said. “But we gave a good effort and things started turning around for us. We showed a lot of heart in the second half.”

Picayune’s Monique Brown nailed a long 3-pointer from the corner with eight seconds to play to force overtime at 53-53.

Karly Moran then put Picayune ahead for good when she made a pair of free throws and hit a key jumper to begin the extra session.

“Monique’s shot gave us some momentum heading into overtime,” Mitchell added.

Brown tallied a game high 19 points despite missing more than a quarter of action with a leg injury. Ebony Jones added 12 and Autumn Jackson 11 to the winning cause.

Poplarville led 29-17 at halftime, and was up 11-1 early in the game.

The Lady Hornets got 15 points from Policia Travis and 10 points apiece from Demi Beason and Daiquari Raine.

Poplarville dropped to 6-9 overall and 2-2 in league play with the loss.

• In the boys tilt, Picayune wasted no time in taking command and led by 10 as quick as four minutes into the game.

The Maroon Tide was ahead 26-12 after one quarter and 61-24 at halftime as Reshun Smith poured in 17 first half points.

Smith paced five MaroonTide players in double figures with 21 points in the win, while Justin Smith added 17 and both David McClain and Travis Aubin chipped in 11 points apiece.

Brandon Fortenberry had a big game for Picayune as well scoring 15 points and dishing out seven assists.

The Maroon Tide remained atop the league standings with the win, moving to 16-3 overall and 6-0 in the loop.

Poplarville got 17 points each from Lavelle Henry and Pierre Raine.

The Hornets fell to 2-12 overall and are 0-4 in league play.

Both Picayune squads travel to Carriere to meet arch-rival Pearl River Central on Friday, while Poplarville remains on the road Friday and travels to Bay High for league action.