High School Sports

Gray, West Harrison down Moss Point

BILOXI-Biloxi's red uniforms didn't bring Moss Point any luck on Saturday.

Wearing the Indians' jerseys because they accidentally left their road kits at home, the Moss Point Tigers fell to West Harrison 63-48 in the second game at Hoopsfest.

WHHS coach Milton Ray said Saturday's victory was a good response after losing Friday to Pascagoula.

"We got in this morning, sat down, had a heart-to-heart with them and voiced our concerns," he said. "We're on the same page now. We understand the season's not over. We just have to pull it together, play together and play hard."

While West Harrison (11-12) never went on an extended run, the Hurricanes consistently traded two and three baskets to Moss Points' one and kept the Tigers (10-15) from ripping off big runs of their own.

By the mid-point of the second quarter, the Hurricanes held a 22-11 advantage.

"We controlled the ball and kept guys out of the lane, we defended the 3 and we rebounded," Ray said. "We had 18 rebounds at the half. We didn't have 18 the whole game last night (against Pascagoula). That was a big difference."

Ray has seen Quierian Gray consistently take more of a leadership role on the team. Saturday, he scored a career-high 31 to lead the game.

"He's been shooting the ball a lot better and getting to the basket. When he plays like that we're a different team," Ray said. "Q. has kind of taken over. He's a guy who has come into the forefront to lead the team and make the team his."

Moss Point, which only held a 3-2 lead Saturday, was led by Marcus Brown's 24-point performance.