All five local teams fall
Published 7:40 am Wednesday, January 21, 2009
By CURTIS ROCKWELL
Item Sports Editor
The road wasn’t kind to prep basketball teams from Pearl River County Tuesday night.
All five local teams that took the court lost, as both Picayune and Pearl River Central were swept along with the Poplarville boys.
• In Bay St. Louis, the struggles for the Maroon Tide and the Lady Tide continued as homestanding Bay High swept a pair of Division 8-4A games from the visitors.
The Lady Tide dropped a 62-37 decision to the Lady Tigers, while the Maroon Tide fell 53-44 to the Tigers.
The loss for the Picayune girls was the second straight defeat, and the Lady Tide fell to 5-13 overall and below .500 in league play for the first time this season at 3-4.
A 14-2 run by Bay in the first half put the Lady Tigers in control and Picayune never recovered.
That spurt included 3-pointers from both Crystal Hawkins and Christian Lyons for Bay High.
Picayune’s Monique Brown tallied a game high 26 points, while Bay High placed a trio of players in double figures as Hawkins had 19, Lyons 17 and Rebecca Rezer 16.
Bay High moved to 13-7 overall and 5-2 in league play with the win.
The Maroon Tide saw the Tigers use a 9-0 run in the second period to take the lead for good and move to the win, which puts Bay High at 12-10 overall and 6-3 in league play and was the sixth straight win for the Tigers.
Picayune cut the deficit to 35-30 in the final period on a follow by Lloyd Hall, but would get no closer.
The Maroon Tide got a game high 17 points from Lloyd Hall, while Jamal Hall added 13. Picayune dropped its third straight game and now stands 9-10 overall and 5-4 in league play.
The Maroon Tide got just three points from leading scorer Vince Gable, who was averaging 17 points per game. Gable got into foul trouble early and fouled out early in the fourth period.
Courtney Easley scored 13 for the Tigers. Picayune had swept Bay in a pair of games last month.
Picayune hosts Poplarville in a pair of games on Friday.
• Also in Bay St. Louis, Division 8-4A league leader St. Stanislaus ran roughshod over visiting Poplarville in a 89-47 decision.
The Hornets got 15 points from Dennis Bowden and 14 points from Jalen Raine in the loss, that drops Poplarville to 4-14 overall and 1-6 in league play.
The Rocks got 17 points from Daniel Grieves, and moved to 20-3 overall and a perfect 9-0 in league play.
The Poplarville-OLA girls game that was slated for Tuesday night was cancelled.
• In D’Iberville, Pearl River Central dropped a pair of game to D’Iberville.
The Lady Devils fell to 5-14 overall and 0-6 in league play. Kayla Drummond scored 16 for PRC.
The Blue Devils led 48-39 entering the fourth period but saw the Warriors outscore them 24-10 in the final frame and fell 63-58.
Josh Nixon had 29 to pace PRC while Je’Barr Locure added 18. PRC drops to 7-12 overall and 2-5 in league play.
Both PRC teams host Bay High Friday night.