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Sun Herald Top 10: Gulfport finding its stride as it climbs in the latest rankings

The Gulfport Lady Admirals are in the midst of their best streak of the season.

Entering Tuesday’s rivalry game against Harrison Central, Gulfport’s girls basketball team (14-5) has won eight straight. Their streak has included wins over HCHS (12-6), which is tied with GHS at No. 2 in the latest Sun Herald rankings, No. 4 Pass Christian (16-6), No. 5 Hancock (17-5), No. 8 Moss Point (11-9) and most recently No. 7 Biloxi (13-8).

In Friday’s 41-32 win over Biloxi, the two teams were neck and neck until GHS pulled away in the second half.

“We just said we’re not going to change anything we’re doing, we’re just going to start executing,” GHS coach Brooke Glass said.

One reason for Gulfport’s success is its versatility from night to night as any number of Lady Admirals can step into the lead on the attack.

In last week’s win over Moss Point, Dywana Parker led GHS with 17 points, while Jerkia McInnis had 11 and Aley Woodberry added 10. The game before that, a victory over Northeast Jones, Alexus Marsh’s 11 points were third-best on the team behind Parker and McInnis, who scored 16 and 14 points respectively.

Senior Whitney Johnson was a driver for the team’s second-half surge Friday against Biloxi, scoring 10 of her team-high 14 points in the final two frames.

“When Whitney takes it to the basket with confidence, nobody can stop her,” Glass said.

Parker leads GHS with 14.5 points per game, followed by Johnson (7.7), McInnis (7.4), Marsh (6.4), Tori Powell (5.0) and Aley Woodberry (5.0).

Gulfport has also played well on the other end of the court, mixing up defensive looks from possession to possession to make opponents uncomfortable. Through four region games, the 8-6A leading Lady Admirals have allowed a region-best 143 points, compared to Biloxi’s 160, Harrison Central’s 161 and Hancock’s 163.

After Tuesday’s home game, GHS hosts Petal (8-9) next Tuesday and then closes out the season with road contests at Hancock, No. 1 St. Martin (17-3) and Long Beach (8-11).

Hoopsfest on Saturday

Saturday will be a big day for basketball fans on the Coast as 14 teams will square off in the annual HoopsFest competition at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.

Moss Point and West Harrison open the seven-game slate with a 10 a.m. tip. D’Iberville and Pass Christian will play at 11:30 a.m., with Picayune and St. Martin squaring off at 1 p.m.

Game 4 at 2:30 p.m. features Pascagoula and Bay, while Gulfport and Ocean Springs play at 5 p.m.

The final two games pit Harrison Central against Laurel at 5:30 p.m., and Biloxi vs. Meridian at 7 p.m.

The event will be punctuated by a 3-point competition at 8:30 p.m.

Gates open at 9 a.m. Tickets are $11 at the door.

Sun Herald Boys Top 10

Team (PTS)

Record

PVS

1. Harrison Central (30)

13-6

1

2. Biloxi (27)

20-1

2

T3. Picayune (22)

15-6

4

T3. Pascagoula (22)

12-6

3

5. Stone (19)

17-3

5

6. Ocean Springs (15)

15-7

6

7. St. Martin (11)

13-7

7

8. Bay (10)

11-9

9

T9. Pearl River Central (4)

13-5

10

T9. Gulfport (4)

10-10

NR

Dropped out: D’Iberville (1; 10-8; 8)

Sun Herald Girls Top 10

Team (PTS)

Record

PVS

1. St. Martin (30)

17-3

1

T2. Harrison Central (25)

12-6

2

T2. Gulfport (25)

14-5

4

4. Pass Christian (22)

16-6

3

5. Hancock (17)

17-5

7

6. Ocean Springs (14)

14-5

5

7. Biloxi (11)

13-8

6

8. Moss Point (8)

11-9

9

9. Pearl River Central (6)

14-6

8

10. East Central (4)

10-7

T10

Dropped out: Stone (1; 13-7; T10)

Receiving votes: Gautier (2; 9-12; NR)

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