The Pass High girls basketball team is ranked number 2 in 4A basketball in the state and number three amongst coast basketball teams as the Lady Pirates continued their winning ways with a 64-58 win over St. Mar­tin last week.

Leading the Lady Pirates are senior shooting guard Mali­yah Bullard and junior point guard Cayla Obillo. Bullard is averaging 10.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 2.5 assists. Obillo averages 6.6 points, 3.4 steals and 4.3 as­sists.

The Lady Pirates are 8-3 (1-0 district) going into this Friday’s non-district game against St. Martin. The Lady Pirates are 2-0 against 4A schools and 6-3 against 5A and 6A schools.

The 64 points scored against 6A St. Martin are the most for the Lady Pirates this season as the defense-driven team ap­pears to improve with each game.

“Playing against a 6’5″ kid took everything we had and then some,” said Lady Pirates coach Greta Ainsworth. “We were pretty tenacious on de­fense. We put a lot of pressure on their guards.

“We shot the ball well that night,” said Ainsworth. “Our defense made our offense.”

Four Lady Pirates scored in double figures led by Amara Galatas with 14 points, Cayla Obillo with 12 and Danisha Dedeaux and Emory Benoit with 10 each.

The Lady Pirates travel to D’Iberville on Saturday for a makeup game that was origi­nally scheduled to be played last Friday.

Pirates eager for St. Mar­tin rematch

Pass High opened the game at St. Martin last week with a 12-7 lead after one quarter of play, but the Pirates were out­scored each of the last three quarters in their 42-35 loss to the Yellow Jackets on the road.

“We played them well, but at the end of the stretch we made more mistakes than they did,” said Pirates coach Wil­lie James. “Offensively, they slowed us up.”

The Pirates get another chance against St. Martin to­night in Pass Christian. After playing the Yellow Jackets close at St. Martin, James be­lieves the opportunity for a different outcome lies in his team playing fundamental bas­ketball.

“We’ve got to do three things,” said James. “We have to play better defense and not turn the ball over. Then we have to put four quarters to­gether of good offense and de­fense.

The Pirates (2-6, 0-1) will be going after their third win of the season in tonight’s rematch against St. Martin.

The Pirates travel to D’Iberville on Saturday for a makeup game that was origi­nally scheduled to be played last Friday.

Story by Maurice Singleton