Hancock girls, Pass boys advance to tourney finals
November 24, 2010Pass Christian High School
KILN -- Pass Christian and Hancock advanced to their respective boys and girls championship games in the Hancock Thanksgiving Tournament on Tuesday night, doing it in different ways.
The Pass Christian boys won an up-tempo duel with St. Martin, capturing a 97-77 decision with a strong second half.
The Lady Hawks of Hancock used a strong zone defense and deft passing offense to turn back St. Martin 43-28 in the girls semifinals.
Pass (6-0) will meet Cottage Hill in today's boys finals at 8 p.m. Cottage Hill edged Long Beach 46-43 in Tuesday's other semifinal.
Hancock faces Archbishop Chapelle in the girls final at 6:40 p.m. Chapelle of New Orleans defeated Pass Christian 44-37 in the other girls semifinal.
"You had two teams that like to play uptempo and there were a lot of athletes on the floor,'' Pass Christian coach Buddy Kennedy said. "I always feel we are at our best when we are going up and down the floor so we like to play that way.''
Stanley Magee hit for a team-high 22 points for Pass Christian. Marcus Clark added 20 as did Derrick Saucier, who had four treys in his repertoire. Decedro Hawkins had 13 points, including two treys.
Ricky Kelly paced St. Martin with 20 points. Marcus Toney had 20 points, Nick Fairley 17 and Jyrus Carriere 12.
St. Martin led 24-19 in the second quarter before the Pirates rallied to take a 45-40 halftime lead. Pass put the game away with 32 points in the third quarter.
"I thought we were uptight when the game started,'' Kennedy said. "Once we loosened up a bit, got a few turnovers, then we got in the flow of the game. When everyone else was struggling to hit shots, he (Derrick Saucier) hit some big 3's and it helped us stay in the game.''
Hancock (6-2) outscored St. Martin 13-0 in the first quarter, built the lead to 20-0 before taking a 24-7 lead into halftime. The Lady Yellow Jackets made a run to cut the lead to 11 points at 30-19 with 7:08 left in the game, but Gabby Fricke hit a 3-pointer to stop the St. Martin momentum.
Kristyn McGuire led a balance Hancock attack with 10 points. Fricke added eight points, including two 3-pointers.
Keioana Gaines and Diamond Godbolt each scored seven points for St. Martin.
"We were effective in the early going,'' Hancock coach Pam Slayton said. "The game got sluggish but the fourth quarter had a lot of energy. The girls have been playing well together, building chemistry. We worked a lot on scoring layups, and we were doing that in the game.
"The finals will be a great. Chapelle is an excellent team, and is well-coached.''
In other Tuesday tournament girls games, Long Beach beat Lakeshore 68-29 and Cottage Hill beat Aletheia Christian 61-29.
In the other Tuesday boys game, De La Salle downed Aletheia 82-78.