PASCAGOULA-- Wayne County dominated the boards in overtime to pull away from D'Iberville 57-50 in the Pascagoula Chevron Classic Saturday at Pascagoula High School.
The War Eagles (14-5) grabbed eight of nine possible overtime rebounds to go on a 12-5 run. Six of Wayne County's first nine overtime points came off offensive rebounds, with Marques Powe scoring twice off putbacks.
"It's hard to win when you get outrebounded," said Warriors coach Lorenzo Wright. "Rebounding was the difference."
Wayne County coach Kendrick Davis felt the War Eagles were more fresh in overtime.
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"We have a really good conditioning program," Davis said. "I think our conditioning showed in overtime."
D'Iberville's Zach Scales hit a long 3-pointer with 31 seconds left to play to tie the game at 45-45, sending the game to overtime.
"It's not a bad loss for us," Wright said. "We got to play a top team in Class 5A in a playoff atmosphere. This is good for us."
Powe and William Gaines scored 12 points each for Wayne County. Reggie Stewart added 11 points for the War Eagles.
Scales had 18 points for the Warriors (16-4). Evan Howard added 14.
Bay High boys 40, SE Lauderdale 32: Bay High withstood a third quarter run to hold off SE Lauderdale, as Galen Smith III scored 10 points. SE Lauderdale went into the half down 24-14, but a quick 6-0 run behind Ace Alford had they to within 24-20 four minutes into the second half. That would be as close as SE Lauderdale would get. Alford led SE Lauderdale with 15 points.
Moss Point boys 69, Ocean Springs 29: Marcus Brown hit a pair of 3-pointers in the third quarter and Tyquan Lucky drained a third for his only points of the night as the Tigers turned a 28-16 halftime advantage into a 40-20 rout. Labarius Williams led the way for Moss Point with 20 points. Brown finished with 13 points and Aristotle Rush notched 11. Malcolm Magee led Ocean Springs with 11 points.
SE Lauderdale girls 57, Moss Point 37: SE Lauderdale put together a 36-18 run over the second and third quarters to pull away. Timara Trussell was the only SE Lauderdale player in double figures with 19 points as eight Tigers scored. LaMiracle Sims led Moss Point with 11 points.
Wayne County girls 37, Ocean Springs 33: The War Eagles connected on six of eight free throws down the stretch to seal the win. Curtisha Coleman scored 13 points for the Lady Eagles. Paige Dumas led Ocean Springs with eight points.
Gautier boys 51, Oak Grove 39: Behind Mike McWilliams, who scored 27 points, the Gators led from the start. Diamond and DJ Johnson added nine points each for Gautier. Charles Hartfield paced a balanced Oak Grove attack as nine Warriors scored.