The Stone High Lady ’Cats basketball team took a dominating victory over George County Friday night.
Christian Fairley recorded a double-double, scoring 11 points and pulling down 14 rebounds as Stone tripled up the Lady Rebels, 33-11, in the first half of a 59-17 victory.
“They rebounded better and just played better overall,” said coach Sam Smith. “We’ve got a saying around here, ‘We’ve got to protect our house,’ and we did just that.”
Hayleigh Breland led all scorers with 24 points, seven more than the total scored by the opposition.
Maria Moye added nine points while Reina Hartfield dished out four assists.
Moye Fairley each had three steals.
It was a much more impressive showing than a 51-33 loss to Hancock last Tuesday.
“We scored 16 points in the first quarter and only managed 17 points the rest of the game,” said assistant coach Chris Hartfield.
Breland scored 12 of those first quarter points en route to finishing the night with 27 points.
The Lady ’Cats [7-4] were scheduled to travel to Gautier Tuesday before hosting Greene County this Friday in the team’s district opener.
“It’s our first divisional game,” Smith said. “We need a big crowd to show up and support these girls.”
The Tomcats also thoroughly dominated their opponent from George County, holding the Rebels to single digits in all but the second quarter of a 64-38 victory.
It was quite the change from when the two teams met earlier in the season, when the Rebels took a 50-48 home-court victory.
J’saiah Brown lit up the nets for the Tomcats, hitting six 3-pointers and five 2-pointers to finish with 30 points.
It was the second game in the last four that Brown has made six 3-pointers.
Cortez Dennis added 18 points for Stone.
The Tomcats fell, 74-44, to Hancock last Tuesday.
Dennis was the Tomcats’ only double-figure scorer in the game, netting 15 points.
The Tomcats were scheduled to travel to Gautier Tuesday before opening district play when Greene County visits Friday.