Tide hopps tourney wraps up

Published 5:15 am Wednesday, December 30, 2009


Item Sports Editor

The annual Picayune Holiday Basketball Classic wrapped up Tuesday with eight more games played in Kelly Wise Gym.

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Both Poplarville teams got the second day of the event off to a good start for the six local teams participating, as the Hornets beat Resurrection Catholic 80-18 and the Lady Hornets earned a hard fought 47-43 win over a strong Franklin County team.

The Hornets were paced by David Gilmore, who scored 18 points as well as Jordan Travis who chipped in 15 and Jermany Woods who added 12. Poplarville jumped out to a 25-5 lead after the first quarter thanks to 11 points by Gilmore and cruised to the win.

The Hornets are now 3-10 on the year.

The Lady Hornets got a game high 20 points from Daquari Raine and Demi Beason added nine in squeezing past the Lady Chiefs. Franklin County has lost just twice this season and is considered one of the favorites to win the Class 3A state championship.

The Lady Hornets won their seventh straight game and stand 11-3 on the season.

In other action, Vancleave beat St. Patrick 64-50 in a boys game as Tyler Bray fired in 21 points.

Also, in a girls game, Pine, La., beat St. Patrick 46-32.

After both Pearl River Central teams picked up wins on Monday, both the Blue Devils and the Lady Devils fell in action Tuesday.

The PRC girls dropped a 49-31 decision to Biloxi, as Bria Pitts scored eight for the Lady Devils. Megan Calcote and Brittany Spence each added seven apiece for PRC.

The Lady Devils hung in there early, trailing by just a point after one period. But the Lady Indians moved out to a 21-11 lead at halftime and coasted to the win in the second half. PRC is 3-13.

Molly Haynes led Biloxi with 15 points.

The Blue Devils fell to West Harrison 66-47.

Andrew Rogers paced PRC with 12 points, while Jordan Fairconetue added 11 and Andre Broadwater 10 for the Blue Devils.

PRC is 5-12 on the year and will face Presbyterian Christian of Hattiesburg in the New Orleans Arena today at 1:30.

Josh Harvey had a game high 19 points for the Hurricanes, who have now won three games in Picayune’s gym in their first year of existence.

Both Picayune teams came up with big wins over George County to wrap up play in their own event.

The Lady Tide beat the Lady Rebels 55-42.

Andrea Jackson led a balanced Picayune attack with 13 points, while Keanna Magee and Arianna McGill each added 11 to the winning cause. Sharonda Jackson had a game high 11 rebounds for the Lady Tide.

The Lady Tide is now 11-4, and won both games in the event.

The Maroon Tide smacked the Rebels 65-36, moving to 7-8 on the season.

Marcus Rawls had 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead Picayune, while Derrione Stewart added 10, Scottie Merrill nine and Vince Gable eight points to the winning cause.