Maroon Tide snaps short losing streak
Picayune’s boys snapped a brief two game losing streak Friday night.
Despite surrendering a double digit lead in the fourth period, Hakeem Magee’s lay-up with less than three seconds left gave the Maroon Tide a 59-58 overtime win over visiting St. Stanislaus.
Magee took a pass from a driving Shemar Williams and converted inside the lane for the game winner, just seconds after the Rockachaws leading scorer Gerrod Rigby missed a pair of free throws that could have put SSC up by three.
Williams scored five points early, helping the Tide to a 12-5 lead. Coren Nixon’s 3-pointer at the buzzer put the Tide up 15-8 after one quarter.
Donovan Rice hit a pair of free throws, and then fed Williams for a lay-up that gave the Maroon Tide a 27-15 lead mid-way through the second stanza.
Picayune maintained a double digit advantage throughout the third quarter, and led 42-32 entering the final frame before the Rocks rallied furiously to send the game into the extra session and set up Magee’s game winning heroics.
Williams paced Picayune with a game high 30 points and 10 rebounds, while Rice chipped in 15 points before fouling out.
Picayune returns to Region 7-5A play Tuesday night, traveling to West Harrison.
In Poparville Thursday night, the Pearl River Community College men lost their first game of the season.
The Lady Wildcats avenged a 66-64 loss to the Mississippi Delta Lady Trojans earlier in the season with an 80-71 victory. But the Wildcats picked up their first loss of the year with a 61-58 setback to the visiting Trojans. PRCC’s men smacked MDCC 66-54 Nov. 14 in Moorhead.
wThe Lady Wildcats improved to 5-1 overall, while the Wildcats dropped to 9-1.
Kalisha Washington out of Murrah High in Jackson paced the Lady Wildcats with a season-high 26 points (three rebounds, three assists), including a four-for-four effort at the foul line, while Shanta’ Echols of Sumrall High added 20 (five rebounds), Deandra Darjean, a Prairie View A&M transfer who prepped at Yates High in Houston, Tex., 13 (11 rebounds, three assists).
In the men’s game, the lead exchanged hands four times in the first 12 minutes of the second half. Marquarius Boddie hit another three with 8:12 left to put the Trojans up 47-46 and the visitors never relinquished their lead. Pearl River kept it close the rest of the way, even pulling to within one point — 59-58 — with 14.8 seconds left off a three by Troy State signee Jeremy Hollimon of Gulfport High.
Boddie paced MDCC with a game-high 21 points (three rebounds), including a six-of-nine effort from three-point range, while Kevin Young scored 10 (seven rebounds).
Hollimon led PRCC with 14 points (three treys), while Lester Crosby of Franklinton (La.) High scored 13 (11 rebounds, three blocks).
PRCC returns to the hardwood Monday when MACJC South Division rival Mississippi Gulf Coast visits Shivers Gymnasium for 5 p.m. (women) and 7 p.m. (men) games, then The River hits the road for Southwest Mississippi in Summit next Thursday for South Division contests at 5:30 p.m. (women) and 7:30 p.m. (men).