Picayune sweeps PRC in hoops

Published 1:33 am Sunday, January 30, 2011

Homestanding Picayune swept a pair of Region 6-5A games from arch-rival Pearl River Central on Friday night.

The Lady Tide used a solid performance to earn their first league win of the season and avenge an earlier loss to the Lady Devils with a 56-33 win, while the Maroon Tide broke open a tight contest with a big mid-game run to take a 70-49 win.

In the girls game, Picayune used a 12-2 run to end the first half to take control of the game. That spurt put Picayune ahead 25-15 at halftime, and although the Lady Devils cut the deficit to two late in the third period, the Lady Tide finished strong to earn the win.

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“I think it was by far the best effort I have seen from us all year,” first year Lady Tide head coach Lacey Kennedy, whose team ttok a big step towards earning the third seed in the upcoming league tournament, said. “All I ask from the girls is to give me everyting they have each game, and tonight they did.”

Tee Myers recorded a double-double for the winning team, as she had 13 points and 10 rebounds while Keanna Magee chipped in 10 points to the winning cause.Mel McGill and Sahara Wilson also turned in solid all around efforts for the Lady Tide, as Wilson had eight points and eight rebounds and McGill contributed in several ways.

Caroline Lumpkin had 11 and Jessica Powers eight for PRC.

In the boys game, the Blue Devils, thanks to 11 first half points from shifty sophomore point guard Dennan Seals led 20-19 with just over two minutes to play before halftime but Picayune closed the half on a 9-0 run that included a 3-pointer from Scottie Merrill at the buzzer that put the Maroon Tide up 28-20 at intermission.

Picayune then scored the first si points of the third  quarter, including a big 3-pointer by J.T. Biggs, and took a 34-20 lead and PRC never cut the deficit to single digits again.

Biggs paced Picayune with 19 points, including four 3-pointers, while Justin Marks added 11 points to the winning cause and Marcus Rawls had nine points and nine rebounds.

Seals tallied a game high 23 points for PRC, while Derek Hunter added 10 points and Ashton Woodson eight.