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Picayune drops pair of games in Wiggins to open Region 7-5A action

Picayune point guard Boderick Scott, who also was the Maroon Tide’s starting quarterback this past season,  and his teammates on the hardwood host St. Stanislaus tonight. Photo by James Pugh

Picayune point guard Boderick Scott, who also was the Maroon Tide’s starting quarterback this past season, and his teammates on the hardwood host St. Stanislaus tonight.
Photo by James Pugh

WIGGINS ­­— Stone County swept Picayune in the region 7-5A opener for both teams Tuesday night.

Stone High’s Peyton Owen hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer, and the homestanding Tomcats knocked off the Maroon Tide 50-48 in the boys’ game.

“You have to play all four quarters to win a game,” Picayune Coach Scott Stephens said. “But we only played two tonight, we’ve got to do better than that.”

The Lady Tomcats held off a second half rally by Picayune in the girls game, as Stone held a 14 point lead over Picayune at halftime. The Maroon Tide held the Tomcats scoreless for the third quarter. The Lady Tide then tied it up in the fourth but the Lady Cats were able to take the lead and hold it sealing a 32-28 win.

The girls’ game was a low scoring game with Maya Whitehead leading the Lady Tide scoring a total of 13 points and Brady Magee scoring 8 points including a 3 pointer. Leading scorers for the Lady Cats were Aleyia Howze with 10 points and Esence Corbett with 11 points.

In the boys game, the Tomcats started out hot with a 39-19 lead at halftime, with Owen scoring 10 points for Stone in the first half and Shemar Williams scoring 17 of the 19 points for Picayune.

Stone turned the ball over in the third quarter and Williams scored 10 points and Boderick Scott nailed two three pointers for Picayune giving them a 5 point lead for the first time in the game.

In the fourth quarter the Tomcats tied up the game.

With seconds left on the clock there was a loose scramble for the ball and Stone’s center Owen picked it up and shot his first 3 pointer of the season as the buzzer sounded, making the final score 50-48. Owen topped the Tomcats with 18 points.

Picayune shooting guard, Donovan Rice, who usually averages about 18 points was held to just six points against Stone.

“We played about as well as we’ve played all year the first half of the game, as far as turn overs go,” Stone Coach Todd Miller said. “Second half we reverted back to our old self and Picayune capitalized on that.”

Williams poured in a game high 31 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to pace Picayune.

Picayune missed three free throws down the stretch.