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Pass Christian finding its way as one of Coast’s top basketball teams

Pass Christian's Cayla Obillo dribbles against Biloxi's Abbeygale McLeary during the fourth quarter of their game at Biloxi High School on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016. Obillo has been a big reason PCHS is 8-3 this season.
Pass Christian's Cayla Obillo dribbles against Biloxi's Abbeygale McLeary during the fourth quarter of their game at Biloxi High School on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016. Obillo has been a big reason PCHS is 8-3 this season. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com file

No. 3 Pass Christian got off to a rocky start this season dropping two of its first three games (albeit to West Jones and No. 2 Hancock, two teams that are currently 9-1).

Since then, however, the Lady Pirates are 7-1 and coming off a massive 64-58 win over No. 4 St. Martin.

Coach Greta Ainsworth said the early losses woke up her team, particularly the 52-20 defeat to WJHS after PCHS had played them within a possession or two during the summer season.

“We definitely had to come back and regroup after that (and the Hancock loss in our own tournament),” she said. “After that the girls bought into the fact defense is what will get our offense going.

“They understand the importance of working together as a team defensively.”

Some of the struggles, Ainsworth said, can be attributed to the graduation of Daysia Dedeaux, who was a dependable defender and leader for the Lady Pirates.

Her team has adapted, however.

Pass Christian is a deep squad this year, sending nine and 10 players onto the court most nights, but the two unquestioned leaders are junior Cayla Obillo and and senior Maliyah Bullard.

Bullard is averaging 10.3 points per game, with 3.2 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 2.5 assists.

“She’s shooting the ball very well,” Ainsworth said of Bullard. “She does a good job of getting open and taking the open shots. She has definitely stepped up just in the last 2 weeks as a leader.”

Obillo is averaging 6.6 ppg, with 2.8 rebounds, 3.4 steals and 4.3 assists.

“Obillo is a solid leader across the board,” Ainsworth said, pointing to the junior’s strong presence on both ends of the court. “She’s the type of kid when we’re down she’s going to put us on her back.”

Pass Christian’s immediate schedule doesn’t get any easier. The Lady Pirates will face St. Martin (8-3) again this Friday before playing a makeup game Saturday at D’Iberville (4-4). PCHS then heads into the holiday break with a home game against No. 1 Harrison Central (4-2) next Tuesday and at No. 7 Gulfport (5-4) next Wednesday.

“This is going to be a great test for us,” Ainsworth said.

Sun Herald Boys Top 10

School (PTS)

Record

PVS

1. Biloxi (30)

13-0

1

2. Harrison Central (27)

4-2

2

3. Pascagoula (24)

5-4

3

4. Picayune (21)

9-1

4

5. St. Martin (18)

7-3

5

6. Ocean Springs (14)

7-5

6

7. Gulfport (11)

3-5

8

8. Gautier (9)

7-2

7

9. Stone (7)

7-2

9

10. D’Iberville (4)

5-3

10

Sun Herald Girls Top 10

School (PTS)

Record

PVS

1. Harrison Central (30)

4-2

1

2. Hancock (25)

9-1

3

3. Pass Christian (24)

8-3

5

4. St. Martin (23)

8-3

2

5. East Central (17)

8-4

6

6. Ocean Springs (16)

7-3

4

7. Gulfport (11)

5-4

7

T8. Pearl River Central (8)

7-2

8

T8. Biloxi (8)

8-5

9

10. Long Beach (3)

7-2

10

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