High School Sports

Pascagoula boys rise to top; WHHS girls set to face HCHS, SMHS

JOHN FITZHUGH/SUN HERALD 
 Pascagoula's Anthony McMillian drives to the basket between D'Iberville's Zachary Scales, left, and Nick Jenkins during the second quarter of their Hoopsfest game at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi on Saturday Jan. 30, 2016.
JOHN FITZHUGH/SUN HERALD Pascagoula's Anthony McMillian drives to the basket between D'Iberville's Zachary Scales, left, and Nick Jenkins during the second quarter of their Hoopsfest game at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi on Saturday Jan. 30, 2016. SUN HERALD

The Sun Herald Top 10 has been through plenty of combinations this year. Now it's Pascagoula's turn on top.

In the girls' poll, the usual squads in No. 1 St. Martin (22-2), No. 2 West Harrison (18-1) and No. 3 Harrison Central (16-8) remained on top.

The Panthers (18-4) had an impressive week on the hardwood, going 3-0 with wins over No. 6 Hancock (14-10), West Harrison (11-12) and D'Iberville (16-9), which slipped from No. 3 and is tied with Bay High (16-6) at No. 8.

Pascagoula is the fourth top boys team this season, joining No. 2 Gulfport (15-9), No. 3 St. Martin (17-8) and the Warriors, who are in the midst of a six-game skid. Where the girls' rankings have had plenty of consistency, the top boys squads beat one another week after week, causing the chaos.

The biggest climber this week was Harrison Central (13-13), jumping four spots to No. 5, one spot behind Biloxi (16-7).

Pass Christian comes in at No. 7 this week (18-6), with George County at No. 10 (11-5).

Girls poll

This week could see a rare shakeup in the girls' poll if things play out a certain way. West Harrison travels to Harrison Central Tuesday before hosting St. Martin on Friday.

"We set it up like that to give us a little competition right before the district tournament," WHHS coach Otis Gates said. "We always play Harrison Central, St. Martin and Pass Christian right before.

"As you go in the playoffs, teams get better. The further you go the better the teams so we want to play some high-level competition so we can know what to expect."

After the top three, No. 4 Bay High (16-6) and No. 5 Pascagoula (19-6) flipped places while No. 6 Gulfport (15-9) stayed the same.

Ocean Springs (15-6) stayed at No. 7, with No. 8 Picayune (16-5) and No. 9 East Central (13-9) each climbing one spot. St. Patrick (15-6) is back in the poll this week at No. 10.

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