The Stone High Lady ’Cats basketball team improved to 4-2 with a pair of victories last week.
The Lady ’Cats held on for a 40-36 victory over Gulfport Thursday.
With the Lady Admirals leading, 36-33, with 2:49 remaining in the game, Yazmine Bradford drained a 3-point shot to tie things up.
“That was big,” said coach Sam Smith.
Hayleigh Breland then hit a 3-pointer with 1:38 left to put the Lady ’Cats up by three, forcing Gulfport to begin fouling.
Stone went into the bonus with 12.6 seconds remaining and Bradford was fouled and hit the front end of a one-and-one to provide the final margin of victory.
Stone was without the services of Breonna Huddleston, who injured her shoulder in a 50-20 victory over George County last Tuesday.
Marie Moye was also absent for unspecified reasons.
“I thought we played about as well as we could, considering what we had,” Smith said.
Breland led the Lady ’Cats with 15 points while Christian Fairley added 10.
In the George County game, Moye paced the offense with 14 points, Breland aadded 10 and Fairley contributed nine.
“Everybody played real well for us,” Smith said.
The Tomcats played well against the Admirals for one quarter, but then the No. 9-ranked team in the state found its stride.
Leading 11-7 after eight minutes, Gulfport opened the second with a 21-0 run, eventually outscoring Stone 21-2.
Following a close third quarter, the Admirals once again caught fire in the fourth, outscoring the Tomcats 23-12 to take a 69-33 victory.
“They’re the real deal,” said coach Todd Miller. “We were just outclassed [Thursday].”
Miller said the close first quarter was as indicative of Gulfport as it was of his team.
“They took us a little lightly,” he said. “Then, they locked down.”
J’saiah Brown led the Tomcats with 10 points, the only player to reach double figures.
Cortez Dennis had 25 points in a 50-48 loss to George County last Tuesday while Cadynce Johnson tallied 12.
Down 21-8 after the first quarter, the Tomcats [1-5] fought their way back.
“We had a one-point lead in the fourth,” Miller said. “We were down by two and went for the win instead of a tie.
The prospective game-winning 3-pointer missed the mark.
Stone was scheduled to host Gautier Tuesday and takes on visiting Pearl River Central Thursday.
Games versus Perry Central scheduled for Nov. 26 have been canceled.