WEST HARRISON -- The Division 7-5A Tournament tipped off Tuesday night with Picayune and West Harrison advancing to the championship on the boys' side and the Lady Hurricanes and Lady Maroon going for the girls' championship.
The girls' championship will be Friday at 6 p.m. with the boys title game at 7:30 p.m.
The West Harrison girls completely dominated Long Beach in a 67-43 blowout win and the Picayune girls beat Stone 65-62 in double overtime.
The West Harrison boys started their game scorching hot, jumping all over the Bearcats early and winning easily 82-52 over Long Beach.
West Harrison put up 31 points in the first quarter. Deanthony Bowie and Zeke Lee each scored 14 for the 'Canes.
Picayune used a monster second half to comeback and defeat the Tomcats 68-64 in the matchup of the two and three seeds.
"I could have done without the first half, I thought that was a little shaky, said Picayune head coach Scott Stephens. "From an intensity level and energy, it just wasn't right. But we got it in in the second half."
After scoring only 21 points in the first half, the Tide scored 27 points in the third quarter including a 9-0 run to open up the half.
"Energy level. That's all it was," Stephens said when asked about the difference between the first and second half.
Shemar Williams had nine points and Hakeem Magee tallied eight for the Tide in the quarter. Williams finished the game with team high 18 points.
Similar to the boys' game, the Lady Hurricanes started their game on an 18-0 run, making six of their first seven shots, as the outcome was never in question. Six players got on the board for West Harrison in the opening quarter.
Long Beach started to make it interesting when they put together a 9-1 run, to cut the deficit to 10, but the Lady Hurricanes quickly grabbed control of the game again pushing their lead to 37-13 before the half.
"We defended pretty well," said head coach Otis Gates. "It's good to be going to the championship. We've come a long way in four years."
Ameshya Williams led the team with 15 points.
The Picayune Lady Tide made 32-of-38 free throws as they battled back to beat the Lady Tomcats in the opener.
"It came down to who can stop who," said head coach Dennis Peterson. "Stone's (Aleyia Howze) is a player. When it was crunch time she came through. We just stopped her at the end and got lucky."
In the fourth, the Lady Tide's Maya Whitehead scored 11 points to keep her team in the game, as Brandy Magee hit two free throws with 4.6 seconds to send the game to overtime.