Pass splits with Bay, teams start division tourney play
By Joseph W. Gex, II
Feb 12, 2013, 18:42
The area high school basketball teams concluded their regular season schedule last Friday night on the hardwood and this week begin competition in their respective division tournaments to decide who advances to the state playoffs.
On Friday, February 8th the Bay High Tigers hosted Pass Christian in their final regular season home game and held Senior Night prior to the games.
In girls’ action, the #1-ranked Bay High Lady Tigers received their biggest test of the season from a scrappy bunch of Lady Pirates. The Lady Tigers needed a major run late in the third period to clinch a 56-51 victory and remain undefeated.
The Lady Tigers held a slim basket lead over the Lady Pirates 13-11 at the end of the first period.
It was even closer in the second period as Bay High (28-0) held a four-point lead with time ticking away until Pass Christian’s Shaquari Smith swished a three-pointer with one second left before halftime to make the score 24-23 in favor of Bay High.
The Lady Pirates (22-7) took over for just the second time in the game 26-24 with a three-pointer from Aliyah Bell with 7:36 remaining in the third period. The Lady Pirates built an eight-point lead on the state’s top team 35-27 with 3:45 remaining in the period only to see it disintegrate as Bay High closed the final minutes of the period with a 16-3 run. The third period ended with the Lady Tigers back on top 43-38.
The closest that the Lady Pirates would come in the final eight minutes was 53-49 with 2:28 left to play.
Bay High head coach Debbie Triplett commented, “Pass Christian outplayed us . If we did not have that run late in the third period, it would have been a different outcome. We made some poor decisions in all aspects of the game. I credit Pass Christian for how hard they played. They outplayed us but we just came out on top on the scoreboard.”
Christa Reed scored 20 points to lead all scorers followed by Breanna Smith with 13 and Terrica Williams with 12. Bretta Hart added nine points for the Lady Tigers. The Lady Pirates were paced by Smith with 15 points followed by Bell with 13 and Sydney Booker with seven.
Pass Christian head coach Greta Ainsworth stated, “Both teams played very hard tonight and left it on the floor. This was a moral victory for us tonight as it was the best that anyone has played them all season. Their run in the third period which sealed the game for them was highlighted by how hard Bay High hit the boards and grabbed offensive rebounds. Now, we can get ready to host our division tournament and hopefully get an opportunity to host a playoff game at home.”
In boys’ action, the Pirates defeated the Tigers 60-28 behind Dimitri Cook’s 17 points. Kristin Alford added 15 points and Tyvon Williams had 12. The Tigers were led by Justus Williams with eight points.
In other action on Friday night, the Harrison Central Red Rebels barely nipped the St. Stanislaus Rock-a-chaws 57-54 in the final regular season for both teams. Ramone Tate scored 18 points for the Rocks while Jerrod Rigby added 10.
The Hancock Hawks slipped past the Hurricanes of West Harrison 58-55. Matt Rawls led Hancock with 18 points while Connor Entriken added 14 points, eight rebounds and nine assists.
The teams are all in action this week at various locations for their division tournament. The Pass Christian Pirates are hosting the Division 8-3A tournament. The Lady Pirates defeated the Lady Irish of St. Patrick 56-16 on Monday, February 11th. The Lady Pirates were led by Netanya Wilkerson with 22 points. Both the Pirates and the Lady Pirates are set to play Thursday, February 14th at 5:30pm and 7pm, respectively.
Greene County is the site for the Division 8-4A tournament that will feature Bay High and St. Stanislaus. The Rocks are the boys’ #1-seed while Bay High is the #2-seed. The Lady Tigers are the girls’ #1-seed. All three teams will play on Thursday.
Harrison Central is the site for the Division 8-6A tournament. The Hancock Hawks and the Lady Hawks will both play on Thursday evening.