The Stone High Tomcats and Lady ’Cats basketball teams each earned a pair of victories last week.
The boys improved to 3-5 on the season while the girls sport a 6-2 record.
Stone scrapped back from an early deficit and tied the game after three quarters en route to a hard-fought 56-54 victory over previously undefeated Pearl River Central Thursday.
J’saiah Brown found his rhythm against the Blue Devils, leading the team with 26 points.
“He stepped up when we needed him,” said coach Todd Miller.
The team’s leading scorer, Cortex Dennis, had injured his ankle in an earlier game.
“To his credit, he saw that J’saiah had the hot hand and said, ‘feed him,’ and we did,” Miller said.
Brown had all six of the Tomcats’ 3-pointers.
Javun Johnson added 14 points for Stone while Dennis scored 12 and pulled down nine rebounds.
Dennis had 15 points in a 44-37 victory over Gautier last Tuesday.
The Tomcats opened the game with a 14-0 run, not allowing the Gators a single first-quarter point.
“Our guys were flying around on defense,” Miller said. “Cortez went down with a sprained ankle at the start of the third quarter and I’ve got to give credit to the guys on the floor and the ones we brought off the bench for not letting up.”
Brown added 11 points and Tayshaun McDonald contributed eight.
The Tomcats face D’Iberville Friday in the Pearl River Community College Thanksgiving Invitational.
The game was originally scheduled for 10:30 a.m. but has been moved to the 7:30 p.m. time slot to accommodate another competitor’s appearance in the football playoffs.
The Stone defense clamped down, allowing Pearl River Central just one second-quarter point in a 42-20 drubbing on Thursday.
Hayleigh Breland paced the team with 18 points while Christian Fairley added 11.
Last Tuesday, the Lady ’Cats took a two-point lead over Gautier into the halftime locker room before returning to the floor and going on a 27-2 run in the third quarter to pull away and take a 59-36 victory over the Gators.
“Our defense is playing really, really well,” said coach Sam Smith.
Breland one again led the team, scoring 20 points while Marie Moye added 11 and Yazmine Bradford tallied 10.
The Lady ’Cats meet Moss Point, considered one of the top South State 4-A teams, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the PRCC tourney.
“We’re going to have a tiger by the tail,” Smith said of playing the Lady Tigers.