Up until the game loosened up in the fourth quarter points were at a premium Saturday in the low-scoring St. Martin-Picayune Hoopsfest showdown.
Thanks in large part to a nine-point cushion in the opening frame, Picayune bested the Yellow Jackets 38-25 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.
“We’ve been so inconsistent lately. We had a big district rivalry game last night and played pretty well so to see us string eight quarters together is a step in the right direction,” Picayune coach Kelton Thompson. “It’s that time of year and consistency is something that I think is plaguing everyone throughout the state.
“That’s the key to creating a little separation.”
St. Martin (13-10) opened the game cold, while Marvun Arnold and Jordan Griffith combined to build an 11-2 advantage for the Tide (17-7) after the first quarter.
“We were just being fundamentally solid. We’re going to go as far as our defense takes us. It’s one thing we’ve struggled with this year, but we were just solid and in the right spots,” Thompson said. “We did a good job of limiting penetration and keeping the ball out of the paint.”
St. Martin’s offense started to come alive in the second frame but Arnold and Griffith helped Picayune keep an 18-10 halftime advantage.
JaRonn Wilkens scored all seven of St. Martin’s third quarter points but Picayune still held a 24-17 lead heading into the final frame.
The Tide opened the fourth on a 6-0 run and the Yellow Jackets never came close to mounting a rally.
“There’s a great shot out there. You just have to work to find it.,” Thompson said. “I thought our shot selection was better and that’s going to give us a better opportunity to win, especially in a place like this where the depth perception is tough.”
Arnold ended up scoring a game-high 16 points. Griffith added 10.
“Marvun does a lot of stuff for us. He can create shots for himself and does a great job of creating shots for the other guys,” Thompson said. “When he gets it going and attracts some attention.”
Wilkens led SMHS with 10 points.
D’Iberville 50, Pass Christian 44: The Warriors (12-9) trailed by seven after the first quarter but ended up leading the Pirates (7-13) the rest of the game. Clint Hawkins led DHS with 15 points. Preston Drewery and Bryson Surber added nine points apiece. Elijah Barnes led PCHS with 11 points.
West Harrison 54, Moss Point 48: The Hurricanes (7-10) started the day with a narrow victory over the Tigers (4-18). Drelon Pittman was a driver for the ‘Canes, scoring a team-high 20 points. ReMarcus Conner knocked down three threes to finish second on WHHS with 13 points. Cam’ron Jones led Moss Point with 11 points. Jonathan Covan added 10 for MPHS.