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Area teams back on the hardwood

Both Pearl River Central teams head into their final district games of the year on a bit of a high note tonight.

The Blue Devils and Lady Devils are coming off road wins over Lumberton Tuesday night. Both PRC teams travel to Brookhaven to wrap up Region 5-5A action tonight.

The Lady Devils came up with a 41-23 win over Lumberton. Destiny Malley led the way with a double-double, scoring 12 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Also, Jessica Powers had nine points, 15 rebounds and five blocks while Brandi Lee added eight points and eight rebounds to the winning cause.

The Blue Devils moved to 8-17 overall with a 53-47 win over the Panthers. Terek Whitehead tallied 18 points to pace PRC, while Alex Travis added 13 points for the Blue Devils.

In other local action tonight, Picayune will celebrate Senior Night hosting Bay High.

Both Picayune teams come into the game off of losses on the road at Petal Tuesday night.

The Maroon Tide fell 62-57, snapping a four game win streak for the Picayune boys.

Shemar Williams led Picayune once again, pouring in 25 points and pulling down 12 rebounds against the Panthers. Donovan Rice chipped in 14 points.

The Lady Tide fell behind big early, and never recovered in a 72-57 loss.

“We just didn’t play well early and got ourselves in too big of a hole,” Picayune head coach Dennis Peterson said. “We didn’t play bad down the stretch, we just could never recover from the slow start.”

The Lady Tide placed a trio of players in double digits, with Maya Whitehead tallying 15 points, Brandi Magee adding 14 points and Ashley Bridges 10 points.

The Lady Tide will have their hands full tonight against the Lady Tigers. Bay High is the defending Class 4A state champions and are led by one of the top players in the state in Christa Reed, who is a Vanderbilt signee.

Also tonight, Poplarville travels to Moss Point to wrap up Region 8-4A action.

Both Poplarville teams faced Pass Christian in league action Thursday night. A complete report on that game will appear in Saturday’s issue of the Picayune Item.