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Top-ranked Lady Tigers win, Hawks defeat Tigers
By Joseph W. Gex, II
Feb 8, 2013, 18:38

The culmination of the regular season of high school basketball has arrived and the division tournaments begin on Monday for all the respective teams. On Tuesday, the Bay High Tigers and the Hancock Hawks battled on the hardwood in varsity basketball action.
The Bay High Lady Tigers, the top-ranked girls’ squad in Mississippi, defeated the Lady Hawks 62-21. The Lady Tigers jumped out to a 17-7 lead in the first period and cruised to a 31-9 halftime score. Bretta Hart recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds while Christa Reed led the way with 18 points and four steals. Jamaya Galloway scored 16 points and four steals. Terrica Williams tallied eight points and seven rebounds while Brianna Smith contributed eight points, five assists and five steals.
Bay High head coach Debbie Triplett commented, “We had a week layoff so I was concerned about our intensity on the floor. We came out and played well. Jamaya Galloway got us going in the first half. We played good defense throughout the game It was a good effort tonight.”
In the boys’ game, the Hancock Hawks used a fourth quarter surge to break open a tight game en route to a 65-52 win on Senior Night in Kiln.
Bay High (13-10) held a slim 10-7 advantage after the opening period. The score was knotted at 24-24 at intermission. Hancock (10-16) began their surge late in the third period and opened up a 44-36 lead heading into the final frame.
Hancock head coach Charles Moore stated, “This was a big win for us. Our adrenaline was flowing and we were able to use that adrenaline in the second half. Levi Strong and Matt Rawls did a good job for us inside especially in the second half.
Rawls led the Hawks with 19 points followed by Strong and Connor Entriken with 14 points each. The Tigers were paced by Justus Williams with 16 points followed by Caleb Ladner with 14 points.
Bay High head coach Randy McCrory commented, “Hancock played hard tonight and when they took the lead in the second half, we did not settle down. They also had a solid game inside and outrebounded us.”
The Lady Pirates of Pass Christian defeated the OLA Crescents on Tuesday evening 58-10. Pass Christian improved to 22-6 on the season and were led by Sydney Booker with 11 points and NaTonia Young with 10.
The Hancock Hawks will travel to Harrison Central next week for the Division 8-6A tournament while the Bay High Tigers and the St. Stanislaus Rock-a-chaws travel to Greene County for the Division 8-4A tournament.


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