Lady Tigers dominate Pearl River Central, 42-17

By ANDREW ABADIE,

The Hattiesburg girls' basketball team won its fifth game in a row on Friday night after posting a dominant defensive performance in a 42-17 win over Pearl River Central on Friday night. 

 

Despite the dominant win, the Lady Tigers had a slow start after Chaise Stinson left the game after taking a bad fall on the opening tipoff. Stinson, who left the court due to a sprained knee, attributed to Hattiesburg having a slow start to the game.

 

"[Stinson getting hurt] did rattle us," Hattiesburg head coach Caronica DeBose Jackson said. "It rattled them and me for a second because I had to think about who goes in. We got settled in and let everybody know what role they are going to be in." 

 

The Lady Tigers (16-7, 6-0) held just a 10-4 lead at the end of the first quarter but took the game over in the second quarter. Hattiesburg outscored PRC 18-0 in the second quarter and jumped out to a 28-4 lead. 

 

The Lady Devils (14-8, 3-1) could not stop Hattiesburg's Maylia Grayson inside the paint as she led the team with 14 points, all of which were scored in the first half. 

 

"We didn't shoot the ball well on the outside today, but our emphasis in practice this week was for Maylia to work on finishing the first time," Jackson said. "She is doing a much better job of keeping the ball up and finishing." 

 

According to Jackson, Hattiesburg's main goal on defense was to try and perfect its ability to force pressure.

 

"We wanted to work on keeping pressure on the ball and not allow them to get comfortable and do what they want to do. Putting them in trap situations and working on our ability to trap without fouling," Jackson said. 

 

In the second, Hattiesburg's priority was focused on getting bench players time and develop depth as the team prepares for the playoffs. Jackson was notably impressed with Jaelah Gray and DaMiyah Lewis. Gray was held scoreless while Lewis scored seven points.

 

"Jayla Gray is a senior who is coming off an ACL tear," Jackson said. "We have just been trying to work her in. Last year she was our energy. She has kind of not been able to do that because of the injury. She is able to shoot the ball and pass the ball.

 

"Also, DaMiyah Lewis, we are going to have to look and rely on her to get Maylia and Chase a break. She is a good rebounder and defender for us." 

 

Hattiesburg will host Laurel on Tuesday with tipoff set for 6 p.m.

 

"We don't look at that score [instead] we look at how we are playing," Jackson said. "We did a much better job of moving the ball tonight and setting 3-pointers. We did a much better job of finding that open person and making that high-low pass, which is what we rely on."

 

"It always feels good to get a win. It's good to be able to work some of the other girls into the game and see who we need to rely on while we're down the playoff stretch."

 

 

Hattiesburg 42, Pearl River Central 17

At Hattiesburg 

 

Hattiesburg (16-7, 6-0) – Chloe Thompson 0 1-2 0, Skyler Smith 0 0-0 0, Chelsea Ulmer 3 0-2 6, Ariona Coleman 1 0-0 3, Shawnderica Roberts 1 2-2 4, Da’Kiyah Lewis 3 0-0 7, Damiyah Lewis 3 1-6 7, Meylia Grayson 7 0-0 14. Field Goals: 18, Free Throws: 4-12, Total Points: 42. 

 

PRC (14-8, 3-1) – Hannah Mitchell 0 0-0 0, Breyanna Benard 3 1-2 7, Nia English 1 0-0 2, Payton Lee 2 0-0 5, Laura Cate Lumpkin 1 0-0 2. Field Goals: 7, Free Throws: 1-2, Total Points: 17. 

 

HA       10        18        11        3          –          42

 

PRC      4          0          4          9          –          17

 

3-Pointers – HA 2 (Coleman, Lewis), PRC 1 (Lee). Total Fouls: HA 4, PRC 6. Fouled Out: None. 

 

The Hattiesburg girls' basketball team won its fifth game in a row on Friday night after posting a dominant defensive performance in a 42-17 win over Pearl River Central on Friday night.

Despite the dominant win, the Lady Tigers had a slow start after Chaise Stinson left the game after taking a bad fall on the opening tipoff. Stinson, who left the court due to a sprained knee, attributed to Hattiesburg having a slow start to the game.

"[Stinson getting hurt] did rattle us," Hattiesburg head coach Caronica DeBose Jackson said. "It rattled them and me for a second because I had to think about who goes in. We got settled in and let everybody know what role they are going to be in."

The Lady Tigers (16-7, 6-0) held just a 10-4 lead at the end of the first quarter. However, Hattiesburg took the game over in the second quarter and outscored PRC 18-0 in the second quarter and extended its lead 28-4 lead.

The Lady Devils (14-8, 3-1) could not stop Hattiesburg's Maylia Grayson inside the paint as she led the team with 14 points, all of which were scored in the first half.

"We didn't shoot the ball well on the outside today, but our emphasis in practice this week was for Maylia to work on finishing the first time," Jackson said. "She is doing a much better job of keeping the ball up and finishing."

According to Jackson, Hattiesburg's main goal on defense was to try and perfect its ability to force pressure.

"We wanted to work on keeping pressure on the ball and not allow them to get comfortable and do what they want to do. Putting them in trap situations and working on our ability to trap without fouling," Jackson said.

In the second, Hattiesburg's priority was focused on getting bench players time and develop depth as the team prepares for the playoffs. Jackson was notably impressed with Jaelah Gray and DaMiyah Lewis. Gray was held scoreless while Lewis scored seven points.

"Jayla Gray is a senior who is coming off an ACL tear," Jackson said. "We have just been trying to work her in. Last year she was our energy. She has kind of not been able to do that because of the injury. She is able to shoot the ball and pass the ball.

"Also, DaMiyah Lewis, we are going to have to look and rely on her to get Maylia and Chase a break. She is a good rebounder and defender for us."

Hattiesburg will host Laurel on Tuesday with tipoff set for 6 p.m.

"We don't look at that score [instead] we look at how we are playing," Jackson said. "We did a much better job of moving the ball tonight and setting 3-pointers. We did a much better job of finding that open person and making that high-low pass, which is what we rely on."

"It always feels good to get a win. It's good to be able to work some of the other girls into the game and see who we need to rely on while we're down the playoff stretch."

 

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Hattiesburg 42, Pearl River Central 17

At Hattiesburg

Hattiesburg (16-7, 6-0) – Chloe Thompson 0 1-2 0, Skyler Smith 0 0-0 0, Chelsea Ulmer 3 0-2 6, Ariona Coleman 1 0-0 3, Shawnderica Roberts 1 2-2 4, Da’Kiyah Lewis 3 0-0 7, Damiyah Lewis 3 1-6 7, Meylia Grayson 7 0-0 14. Field Goals: 18, Free Throws: 4-12, Total Points: 42.

PRC (14-8, 3-1) – Hannah Mitchell 0 0-0 0, Breyanna Benard 3 1-2 7, Nia English 1 0-0 2, Payton Lee 2 0-0 5, Laura Cate Lumpkin 1 0-0 2. Field Goals: 7, Free Throws: 1-2, Total Points: 17.

HA  10 18 11 3  – 42

PRC  4 0 4 9  – 17

3-Pointers – HA 2 (Coleman, Lewis), PRC 1 (Lee). Total Fouls: HA 4, PRC 6. Fouled Out: None.