2003-2004 Picayune Maroon Tide Basketball
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Biloxi 72 Picayune 40
Picayune ran into a solid basketball team at the Biloxi Sports Complex as they took on the Division 8-5A Champion
Biloxi Indians (20-6) in the first round of the South State playoff action. On the night, the Tide committed 17 turnovers
and could never get untracked against the Indians in the Tide's first ever game at Biloxi's new facility.
The Tide suffered seven turnovers and combined with the near perfect shooting of the Indians, put the Tide in an
early hole as Biloxi jumped out to a 22-8 first quarter lead. The Tide faired no better during the second quarter
committing five turnovers and trailed 37-21 at the half.
In the third quarter, the Tide put together a rally and cut the lead to ten points midway through the period, but Biloxi
survived the Tide spurt and held a 49-35 advantage after three stanzas. The fourth quarter was all Biloxi as they
outscored the Tide 21-7 to claim the 70-42 win and a berth in the South State tournament at Moss Point against
Ocean Springs on Friday night.
Mark Dragon led the Tide with 11 points, all coming in the second half. Jarvis Dantzler had a solid effort for the Tide
with 10 points and 5 rebounds. Donairies Hair added 10 points. Senior Radale Brumfield was held to 5 points in his
last game for the Maroon Tide.
Germaine Parker led Biloxi with 20 points and J'Varis Nunn finished with 18 points. DeCarlos Riley scored 13 points
including three 3 pointers in the first half.
The Tide finishes with a 21-11 overall record and will graduate only three seniors (Radale Brumfield, Jay Williams,
Brandon Brown). The Maroon Tide will return a strong nucleus that will position them to be a top contender next
year in Class 5A basketball. The ability of the Tide to advance this far was a surprise to many and a tribute to the
coaching and leadership of Head Coach Dean Shaw and assistant Dennis Peterson.
Girls: Gulfport 64 Picayune 59
The Lady Tide's improbable run at the South State title came to an end at Kelly Wise Memorial Gymnasium on
Monday night as the Gulfport Lady Admirals rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat Picayune 64-59.
The game started just as the Lady Tide's upset of Hancock last Friday as the Tide's Dedrea Magee scored
off the opening tip. However, Gulfport took a 21-17 lead at the end of the first quarter behind the 3 point shooting
of Samantha Adam (2 treys) and play of Latoya Branch (7 points). Breonne Spikes knocked down two 3 pointers
in the quarter for the Lady Tide. The Tide rallied in the second quarter outscoring the Lady Admirals 18-11 behind
the scoring of Dedrea Magee ( 8 points) and Jamelle Clark ( 6 points) to lead 35-32 at the break.
The 3rd quarter saw the Lady Tide extend their lead to six points (48-42) heading into the final quarter. However,
Gulfport outscored Picayune 8-1 in the first two minutes of the fourth quarter to take a 50-49 lead. The Tide fought
back and led the game at 54-53 before Gulfport's Brittney Reese hit a 3 pointer to put her team up 56-54 with 5:17
to play. Dedrea Magee brought Picayune to within one point at 58-57 with 2:42 left. However, Magee fouled out
with 2:01 to play as she was called for a charging foul. With the clock showing 1:11, Gail Weary put Gulfport up
60-57 as she drove to the goal and converted a lay up. Down the stretch, the Lady Tide fouled the Lady Admirals
and put them on the free throw line. The strategy appeared to work as Gulfport missed on to successive 1 and 1
attempts only to have the rebound bounce directly into the hands of a Lady Admiral. With :38 to play, Weary
knocked down 2 free throws to put Gulfport up 62-57. Latoya Branch added two insurance free throws in the
closing seconds to send Gulfport to the South State tournament at Hancock on Friday.
Dedrea Magee had 24 points and 10 rebounds and Jamelle Clark had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Lady Tide.
Breonne Spikes finished with 13 points.
Latoya Branch led Gulfport with 20 points, Brittney Reese had 17 points, and Gail Weary added 16 points.
Despite the loss, Coach Dennis Peterson and Assistant Brian Dees are sure to be excited about the future as
they will have the entire starting line-up and their first reserve returning next season.