Toughness was the key for Hattiesburg boy’s head coach Ernie Watson’s team Tuesday night in their 53-47 victory over Oak Grove.

While one game for the home-standing Hattiesburg Tigers was a comfortable victory, the other was not so much. Still, when all was said and done both the Ladies and Boy’s Tiger teams walked away with victories against cross-town rival Oak Grove. The Lady Tigers won 41-29 and the men claimed victory with a 53-47 final.

Lady Tigers’ head coach Caronica Jackson was pleased to get a win over the Lady Warriors.

"It was a big win for us. We struggled to start the year off, but we've put together a three-game win streak but we got our big girl back and worked her into the game. That was a big thing for us was to get her worked in and get her back in game shape. It's always a good thing to beat your cross-town rival."

Oak Grove started the scoring with back-to-back field goals to start the first period, however, Hattiesburg rallied back to take a 9-5 lead by the end of the first period.

In the second period, both defenses stepped up their game allowing but a few points on the scoreboard. When the half ended, the Lady Tigers lead 14-9.

The third period saw the Lady Warriors close within two, 20-18, however senior Melyia Grayson helped the Lady Tigers extend their lead to 24-18 by the end of the third period.

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Dekiyah Lewis pushes her way to the paint. 

During the fourth and final period, Hattiesburg went on a 10-0 run with scoring from Grayson and Laterria Blister to give them a 41-29 victory.

The Lady Tigers move to 4-4 overall. The Lady Warriors fall to 2-4 overall.

Hattiesburg boy’s win a thriller

Toughness was the key for Hattiesburg boy’s head coach Ernie Watson’s team Tuesday night in their 53-47 victory over Oak Grove.

“Our toughness came into play tonight. We’ve been through the wringer this season with our schedule and the team’s on it we’ve played. It has paid off down the stretch and really paid off in a game like this. The kids made a goal this year to hold down the home court advantage so that’s a thing they want to fight for. It was a good game all the way around,” said Watson.

Both teams started off hot, with Hattiesburg grabbing a quick 5-0 lead behind senior Nick walker’s two early field goals. Oak Grove stormed back with a barrage of threes from both junior Tyrus Crump and senior Blake Roberts and a free throw from Deon Hall to take a 10-5 lead.

Hattiesburg and Oak Grove traded a three each to end the first period with Oak Grove leading 13-8.

Hattiesburg responded in the second period going on a 12-2 run led by senior Cameron Brown. Oak Grove’s Corneilous Williams, Dylan Brumfield, and Roberts all scored with less than three minutes remaining in the second period to keep the score even 21-21 at the half.

The third period featured multiple lead changes throughout as Brown asserted himself in the scoring sheet with a dunk and three-point shot. However, Oak Grove ended the third period on top 42-37 with points from junior Caimon Rahming and Juwan Sumner.

Hattiesburg responded well in the fourth period as they went on a 7-0 run to regain the lead 44-42. Crump tied the game back 44-44 with a field goal, but Hattiesburg again responded to finish off the Warriors 53-47 and move to 7-2 overall. Oak Grove falls to 4-1 on the season.

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