It was a good week for Stone High School basketball as the Tomcats went 2-1 and the Lady ’Cats went 2-0.
The Tomcats [9-7 overall, 1-0 7-4A] came out on fire for their 71-24 victory over Moss Point Saturday in the Vancleave Paul Wallace Classic tournament.
Stone matched its highest one-quarter point total of the season as it built a 25-10 lead after the first quarter.
Then, things got even worse for the Tigers [0-12].
The Tomcats scored another 23 points in the second quarter while holding Moss Point scoreless. That dominating defense would keep the Tigers scoreless until the 5:30 mark of the third quarter, making it a 10:30 stretch without scoring a point.
“Watching them on film against Long Beach, we thought they would give us more trouble,” said coach Todd Miller. “We came out and we just hit shots.”
While it seemed the Tomcats couldn’t miss, it appeared as though the Tigers had a lid on their goal as they only scored 14 points in the second half.
“Our guys really frustrated their leading scorer,” Miller said. “They held him to just two points.”
Cortez Dennis led Stone with 28 points and 12 rebounds while J’saiah Brown added nine points and five steals.
All the Tomcats except one made it into the scoring column.
It was a reversal from Friday’s game at the same tourney as the Tomcats fell, 60-51, to Mobile [Ala.] Christian.
“We were leading by a point at the half and then we just went cold,” Miller said. “We didn’t have confidence in ourselves [Friday].
“We were 0-for-13 from 3-point range in the second half.”
Dennis led the team with 19 points and Brown added 12.
Last Tuesday, Brown led the way with 21 points, Dennis once again had 19 and Javun Johnson added 12 as Stone defeated host South Jones, 62-58.
The Tomcats trailed by 11 points at the half, but asserted themselves in the second half, outscoring the Braves 36-21.
The Lady ’Cats [11-4 overall, 1-0 7-4A] got a little longer Christmas break than expected when Gulfport canceled its Saturday game versus Stone in the Vancleave tourney.
Stone defeated Baldwin County, 62-29, behind 27 points and nine steals from Hayleigh Breland in Friday’s Paul Wallace Classic game.
Maria Moye added 12, Reina Hartfield had 10 and Christian Fairley contributed eight as the Lady ’Cats outscored their opponent in every quarter.
Breland scored 20 points and dished out four assists as Stone defeated South Jones, 56-40, last Tuesday.
Lakeya Whittaker tallied 12 points, Hartfield added nine and Fairley once again scored eight.
The Tomcats and Lady ’Cats are off for the Christmas break and will return to action Saturday, Jan. 4 when they both meet Moss Point in the Petal Shootout tournament.
The teams then travel to Poplarville on Tuesday Jan. 7 to resume Region 7-4A competition.