Picayune teams winless

Published 4:00 pm Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Visiting Hancock made itself right at home Tuesday in the Pearl River County Tournament.

Both the Hawks and the Lady Hawks knocked off Picayune’s teams, keeping the Maroon Tide and the Lady Tide winless on the season as both Hancock teams moved into Thursday’s championship games.

The Lady Hawks begin the event by overcoming a five point third period deficit with a 22-0 run en route to a  45-21 win.

Sign up for our daily email newsletter

Get the latest news sent to your inbox

Hancock moved to 3-1 with the win, while Picayune is 0-6.

Picayune played without leading scorer Monique Brown, who is sitting out three games due to disciplinary action.

Still, the Lady Tide led 15-10 early in the third quarter before the bottom fell out and Hancock outscored the Lady Tide 16-1 in the third frame.

“I thought we played well without our ball-handlers until their pressure started getting to us,” Picayune head coach Kristie Mitchell said. “We’ve got a lot of young girls in there that just are responding to the game type pressure they was they need to yet.”

Hillary Dickens had a field goal and two free throws late in the first half to put Picayune ahead at halftime.

But Haliegh Arcement paced Hancock with 13 points in the win and Breanna Ainsworth came up with a big 3-pointer in the third quarter run to key Hancock’s victory.

Hancock will meet Pop-larville for the girls championship Thursday night, while Picayune will face Pearl River Central in the consolation contest.

• While the third quarter was the problem for Picayune’s girls, their male counterparts had problems in the second period in their 44-35 loss to the Hawks.

Picayune, 0-3 jumped out to a quick 10-2 lead, thanks to a pair of 3-pointers by Vince Gable. Gable hit another trey late in the opening frame to make it 13-8 Picayune entering the second quarter.

But Hancock outscored Picayune 12-2 in that period to take a 20-15 lead at halftime and the Tide never led again.

Picayune managed to get within 38-35 late in the game, on yet another 3-pointer by Gable, but the Hawks made a few key steals late in the game and hit seven of 10 free throws to pull out the win.

Gable had a game high 16 to pace Picayune, while Jon Greco had 13 for Hancock and Alex Meyers added 12.

Picayune will face PRC as well in the boys consolation game on Thursday.