Visiting Moss Point swept a pair of games from Gautier Tuesday night in a Jackson County rivalry.
The Tigers moved to 3-1 on the season with their third straight win in a close 52-49 win, while the Lady Tigers are now 2-2 with a two game win streak after taking a 24-19 win over GHS.
Now, both Moss Point teams head east across the state line to Robertsdale, Ala., for the 11th annual Robertsdale Pre-Thanksgiving Invitational Tournament.
In Gautier Tuesday night, the Moss Point boys got a game-high 15 points from sophomore John Feaster, Jr., while Quey’Sean Taylor added 11 points to the winning cause and Tristan Hooks chipped in eight points to the winning effort.
The Gators got 14 points from guard Armani Patterson, including four 3-pointers. Gautier also got four 3-pointers from Tyreek High for 12 points and Kayden Colvin chipped in 11 points in the loss. Gautier, now 0-1, remains without several football players while the Gators remain in the state playoffs in that sport.
In the girls game, the Lady Tigers got seven points from Kirsten Bailey and six points from Jordyn Ford in picking up the low-scoring win.
The Lady Gators got a game-high eight points from Madison Thompson in the loss as they dropped to 0-1. The contests served as the season-opener for both Gautier teams.
Both Gautier teams won’t have long to wait until getting another chance at the first win for each team on the young campaign as the Gators and Lady Gators host Long Beach Thursday night.
Another Jackson County team, the St. Martin girls, will be joining both Moss Point teams in neighboring Alabama this weekend for the three-day Robertsdale holiday tourney.
On the boy’s side of the bracket, the Tigers are the only Mississippi squad in the event along with seven teams from South Alabama in the true tournament format that tips off Friday and then continues Saturday and wraps up on Monday.
Moss Point faces the Fairhope Pirates in game two of the event on Friday afternoon at Robertsdale High School. Two teams from Mobile, Williamson and Faith Academy, are on the same side of the bracket as the Tigers are while Cottage Hill, Hillcrest-Evergreen, Alma Bryant and the host team Robertsdale Bears comprise the other side of the bracket in boys’ play.
On the girls’ side of things, all action takes place at the Robertsdale Elementary School and Moss Point and St. Martin are on opposite sides of the bracket so an all-Jackson County, Mississippi championship match-up is possible.
The Lady Tigers face Foley in Friday’s nightcap at 8 p.m., and the other contest on that side of the affair features Faith Academy and Jackson, Ala., as well.
The Lady Yellow Jackets get McGill-Toolen in the game preceding the Moss Point game Friday night at 6:30, and the host Robertsdale girls meet Williamson in the other quarterfinal match-up.
Beginning Saturday, the girls will play at Robertsdale High School also.
The St. Martin girls, led by Jason Kennedy, are 3-1 overall and won their third straight game Tuesday night with an impressive 71-32 win over the Picayune Lady Tide.