Pirates, Rocks & Lady Tigers in division tournament finals
By Joseph W. Gex, II
Feb 15, 2013, 17:38
High school basketball kicked into high gear with the various division tournaments being held across the coast this past week. The Pass Christian Pirates hosted the Division 8-3A tournament while Bay High and St. Stanislaus had to travel to Greene County. The Hancock Hawks had to travel only a short distance to Lyman where Harrison Central was the host site for the Division 8-6A tournament.
The Pirates were represented in both the boys’ and girls’ division finals last night while top seeds St. Stanislaus and the Bay High Lady Tigers played in the finals of the Division 8-4A tournament.
The Pirates (21-7) defeated Perry Central 75-40 in semi-final action on Thursday night. The Pirates are the top seed in the division tournament and drew a first round bye. Pass Christian held a 38-20 advantage at intermission.
Dimitri Cook scored 41 points in the game to lead all scorers followed by Ashton Haulk.
Pass Christian head coach Buddy Kennedy commented, “We have defended well on the floor since the Gulfport Christmas tournament. Dimitri Cook had a very productive night tonight. We have talked often about how aggressive Perry Central is on the boards and we needed to negate that. Tyvon Williams and Ashton Haulk each played hard inside tonight which was key for us to win.”
In the girls’ game, the Lady Pirates (23-7) defeated West Marion 60-47 to advance to the division finals. The Lady Pirates are the #2-seed and were led by Aleigha Bowser and Aliyah Bell with 13 points each and Shaquari Smith with 11.
Lady Pirates head coach Greta Ainsworth stated, “Overall it was a solid effort. We were able to defend well and then have the opportunity to spread some playing time around. We are thrilled to be in the running to host a state playoff game but we have one more game in this tournament that we want to win.”
The Our Lady Academy Crescents were eliminated on Monday by top seed Collins. The loss ended the Crescents’ season.
The Hancock Lady Hawks were the #3-seed in the Division 8-6A tournament held at Harrison Central. They met Gulfport in their first round game on Wednesday afternoon.
The Lady Hawks were eliminated 53-42 after leading 24-18 at halftime.
The Lady Admirals had a strong defensive third period that held Hancock (21-8) to just five points.
Lady Hawks head coach Pam Slayton commented, “We had played them tough the first two times this season. So, we felt like we had some good things to do in the game. They picked up their level of play in the third period and went on a 12-0 run.”
Slayton continued, “I am proud of how we played. We just fell short on a night that we needed to win. It certainly was not because of a lack of effort. We lose one senior, Morgan Adam, who was a solid player and a great leader by example for us. She was a consistent workhorse for us. We return a core of Alissa Adam, Tiffany Eakins, Leigh Beaver and Savannah Saucier among several others that have received extended playing time on the floor. My challenge to them at this point is for each one to individually get better and we can work on the collective later. They know their time is short and they have a lot they want to do. We begin next year tomorrow.”
In the boys’ semi-final game, the Hawks met the Red Rebels as Hancock was the #3-seed in the tourney. The Hawks (12-17) fell short 63-51 in their bid for a state playoff appearance.
Hancock led 11-10 after the first period as Connor Entriken gave Hancock the slim lead with a deep three-pointer as the buzzer sounded. The Red Rebels managed to flip the tables taking a 19-18 lead into intermission.
The game was tight until the 3:16 mark in the final frame. David Moore hit a shot to cut the lead to 44-41 and that would be as close as Hancock would come the rest of the way.
Hancock head coach Charles Moore commented, “We played well tonight. We had some good looks at the basket but we just could not get them to fall. The loss tonight was certainly not a lack of effort. We battled hard especially on the boards to limit their second chance opportunities.”
Moore continued, “We lose some talented seniors but we return a solid core. We lose Connor Entriken, Matt Rawls, Jason Thompson, David Moore and Justin Chaisson. But, we bring back Dylan Arcement, Eli Arcement, Levi Strong and others.”
The St. Stanislaus Rock-a-chaws were the top seed in the Division 8-4A tournament held at Greene County this week. They drew a first round bye along with the #2-seed Bay High Tigers.
The Rocks disposed of Greene County 53-37 in their semi-final matchup on Thursday night in Leakesville. Ramone Tate led SSC with 20 points followed by Gatlin Fay with 11. The Rocks played Poplarville for the Division 8-4A title. The Hornets defeated Bay High 55-46. No game details were available for the Tigers’ game.
In girls’ action, the top-ranked Bay High Lady Tigers improved to 29-0 with a 72-21 victory over the Lady Hornets of Poplarville. Christa Reed led all scorers with 23 points and five steals followed by Bretta Hart with 15 points and eight rebounds. Terrica Williams added 10 points in the win.
Game details for the finals of the Division 8-3A tournament and the Division 8-4A tournament will be available in Wednesday’s edition. The Pass Christian Lady Pirates and the Bay High Lady Tigers have secured a first round home playoff game on Monday, Feb. 18 by virtue of advancing to the finals of their respective division tournament. The Pirates and the Rocks have also secured a first round home state playoff game by advancing to the division finals only their first round game will be played on Tuesday, Feb. 19.
With a victory in Monday’s first round state playoff game, the girls’ Class 4A South State tournament will be held at the Wilmer Seymour Gymnasium in Bay St. Louis with the Lady Tigers of Bay High as the host team.