PASCAGOULA -- For the third straight season, the Pascagoula boys and girls basketball teams each claimed division championships.
The Pascagoula boys earned a 41-33 victory over Gautier while the Lady Panthers pulled away late for a 49-36 win over Gautier for Division 8-5A titles.
The Panthers girls and boys will host Picayune at 6 and 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the first round of the playoffs.
The Gautier girls and boys will travel to West Harrison on either Monday or Tuesday in the first round of the postseason.
The boys game included sloppy play on offense for both teams, but first-year coach Ronald Norman's Pascagoula squad made the shots late in the game to get the win and improve to 21-6.
The Panthers' win streak stands at 15 as it prepares to start the postseason.
After two convincing wins over Gautier in the regular season, the Pascagoula boys had to grind out Friday's victory.
"That's what you expect from (Gautier)," Norman said. "It's been three times (Pascagoula played Gautier.) They did a great job of matching up out of their zone. All credit goes to them putting us in some situations we're not accustomed to."
Pascagoula's double-team defense limited Gautier star senior Lafayette Rutledge to four points, all of them coming in the final four minutes of the game.
Pascagoula's backcourt duo of LaDatren Deas and Bobby Nettles also had a tough time getting going as the two combined for just 12 points.
Sophomore forward Jacques Belford led Pascagoula in scoring for the second straight game, putting up 13 points.
Timothy McWilliams led Gautier (16-10) with 12 points.
The Gators struggled at the free throw line, making just six of 16 attempts in the first three quarters, and those misses proved costly.
The Pascagoula girls put together a strong second half to hold off a determined Gautier squad in the girls title game.
The Lady Panthers have dominated the division the last three years, but Gautier put up a strong fight on Friday.
Pascagoula jumped out to a 17-4 lead and appeared as if it would be another easy ride to its 24th consecutive victory over a division opponent, but the Gators answered with a 16-2 run to take a 20-19 lead at halftime.
The Lady Panthers (17-4) righted the ship in the second half, going on an 8-0 run to lead 29-24 with 1:31 remaining after Aliaya Tubbs' basket.
Gautier's Alexis Padgett hit two free throws to draw within 29-26, but that was close as her team would get the rest of the way.