The second season for Coast high school basketball teams tips off Tuesday.
Six division basketball tournaments open play on Tuesday at St. Martin, Hattiesburg, West Harrison, Pascagoula, Bay High and Tylertown.
A win on Tuesday means a team advances to South State play next week. A loss and it is time to put up the jerseys and clean out the locker.
The Gulfport boys and Harrison Central girls are the No. 1 seeds in the four-team Division 7-6A Tournament at Hattiesburg.
Gulfport (26-2) concluded its regular season with a 61-50 home victory over Biloxi while Harrison Cen
tral (16-11) beat Pass Christian 55-39.
In one of the most unusual twists of the regular season, all four girls teams in 7-6A finished with identical 3-3 division records. Seeding was decided by point differential in the division games. Harrison Central finished No. 1, Hattiesburg No. 2, Hancock No. 3 and Gulfport No. 4. As a result, Gulfport faces Harrison Central in an elimination game Tuesday.
"At this time of year, you hope to be playing well,'' Gulfport coach Owen Miller said. "For 28 minutes against Biloxi, we played well. Hopefully, we'll be ready for the division tournament."
Hancock coach Pam Slayton faces the host team on their home floor.
"Our total focus is Tuesday,'' Slayton said. "I feel this team has had the kind of season where they deserve to go up there and play well. Everyone (in the district) was balanced. I'm looking forward to this tournament.''
The St. Martin boys and girls are the No. 1 seeds in the 8-6A Tournament at St. Martin. St. Martin is the defending boys division champ and faces Ocean Springs in its opener. Biloxi, which had won five straight division titles until last season, meets D'Iberville.
The St. Martin girls are looking for their first division title since 2007 when they won 7-4A.
West Harrison's boys and girls are the No. 1 seeds and defending champs for the Division 7-5A Tournament at West Harrison while Pascagoula's boys and girls are the No. 1 seeds and defending champs for the Division 8-5A Tournament at Pascagoula.
The West Harrison boys have won three straight division titles. Pascagoula's boys have won two straight division titles.
Defending state girls champion Bay High is the No. 1 seed for the Division 8-4A Tournament while Moss Point is the No. 1 seed for the boys tournament. Both teams feature Division I signees in Bay's Christa Reed (Vanderbilt) and Moss Point's Devin Booker (Kentucky). Reed is coming off a 48-point explosion Friday against Ocean Springs that included a 14-for-14 performance in 3-point shooting.
Both Bay High and Moss Point enjoy byes until Thursday.
St. Stanislaus is the No. 2 boys seed in 8-4A and also has a bye, as does Pass Christian, the girls No. 2 seed in 8-4A.
Keith Robinson's St. Patrick Fighting Irish have been a surprise team during the regular season, posting 16 victories in becoming the No. 4 seed for the 8-3A Tournament at Tylertown. The Irish face Sumrall on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. A win would put them in the South State Tournament, a good achievement for a young team, according to Robinson.