ST. MARTIN-- St. Martin cruised into the 6A South State semifinals with a 75-53 win over Hattiesburg Tuesday night at home.
The Lady Jackets, though, fell to Hattiesburg 58-50 in a girls 6A south state eliminator.
St. Martin will meet Provine in a 6A South state semifinal contest on Friday night at Meridian High School.
"We are 32 minutes from Jackson," Pavlus said. "We played the season to prepare for this time of year."
St. Martin (22-8) exploded early behind 12 first quarter points from Jamond Franklin and a stiff defense that forced six Tigers' turnovers in the first eight minutes of play. St. Martin enjoyed a 20-9 lead after one quarter.
St. Martin extended their lead in the second quarter as Ed Simpson's trey extended St. Martin's lead to 43-24 at halftime.
Jamond Franklin finished with a game-high 22 points for St. Martin. Simpson and Stacee St. Julian added 15 points each for the Yellow Jackets.
"When we play well it's because we are stopping the ball [on defense] and spreading the ball around [on offense]," Yellow Jackets coach Charlie Pavlus said. "When we play for we, we can be a great team."
Tristen Walley paced Hattiesburg with 19 points. Michael Woodward was the only other Tiger in double figures with 15 points.
Hattiesburg girls 58, St. Martin 50: Without leading scorer Savannah Jones, the Lady Jackets fell short against Hattiesburg (18-9). Jones, who averaged 16 points a game and eight rebounds a game, injured her knee late in the season.
St. Martin coach Gina Bell downplayed Jones' absence, noting that St. Martin had difficulty getting its shots to fall and committed too many fouls. Three players fouled out by game's end.
"They (Hattiesburg) are a good team," Bell said. "They are going to go far. "The second quarter kind of got away from us. But we never gave up and kept the game close."
Jazmin Boyd led Hattiesburg with 23 points, and Zaria Tillman added 19. Johnta Hughes added 10 points for the Lady Tigers.
Terrica Brown led St. Martin (20-10) with 13 points. Deona Morgan added 12 points, and Whitney Williams scored 10 points.