Picayune splits games with George County

Picayune’s varsity boys led George County 34-22 with 4:34 left in the third quarter, but four turnovers, three missed layups, and a strech of flat-footed defense allowed George County to storm back and take a 40-39 win at Kelly Wise Memorial Gymnasium on Tuesday night in non-region action.

Marvun Arnold scores on a lay up against George County.

Head Coach Kelton Thompson was baffled after the game.

"When we were up 34-22 and they took the timeout, I told the guys this is a long way from over. They will come back, so we need to put them away now. I guess they didn't believe me."

George County held Picayune scoreless over the next 8 minutes and went on a 12-0 run to tie the game at 36-36 with 3:35 to play in the fourth period.

Picayune went ahead 38-36 on a lay up by Sergio Willliams with 3:17 left, but the Rebels got two free throws from Dylan Lawrence to tie it and took the lead for good on another pair of free throws by Jaquin Hawkins with 2:58 left in the game.

Trailing 40-39, Picayune had one last possession in the last 30 seconds, but was unable to convert.

Delrae Smith led Picayune with 17 points, 15 coming the first half. Marvun Arnold added 10 points for the Maroon Tide (15-7). Hawkins and Cameron Hartfield had 14 points each for George County.

Miracle Banks (34) launches a 3 pointer against George County

In the girls game, Picayune raced to a 15-0 lead and never looked back. Alanna Smith and Miracle Banks each tallied 11 points for Picayune (8-11).

Picayune will host Pearl River Central on Friday in crucial region games for both teams.

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