Providence Christian's girls defeated MTCS 51-41, while the MTCS boys rolled past PCA 69-31 in a district showdown on Friday night.

The girls contest was a fierce battle as the two teams played before a packed house.

The two were tied at 10-10 after eight minutes, but MTCS went on a nearly six-minute dry spell, while the Lady Lions scored 12 straight points in taking a 26-14 lead.

The Lady Cougars trailed by 14 early in the third quarter but came back to cut the lead to four at 39-35 after a free throw make by Sarah Wisniowski.

PCA hit free throws down the stretch to grab the win. The Lady Lions shot 18 of 21 from the stripe and had three players in double figures, led by AC Markham and Mariah Edmonds with 13 each and Alia Callum with 11.

The Lady Cougars were paced by Kiersten Hudson with 16 and Sydney Cooper with 12.

"I was very pleased with how we played in the second quarter," PCA coach Tara James said. "It seemed we got every 50-50 ball, and that quarter was the difference in the game."

PCA is 12-5 overall and 9-1 in district play while MTCS dropped to 11-8 and 5-5.

"When we are hesitant we are not very good, but when we are aggressive and get after it we are pretty dadgum good," MTCS coach Hilary Hodges said. "We will get them in the tournament."

BOX SCORE

MTCS(41): Kiersten Hudson 16, Sydney Cooper 12,  Sarah Wisniowski 6, Reagan Atkinson 5, Amaria Gillispie 2.

PCA (51): AC Markham 13, Mariah Edmonds 13, Alia Callum 11, Abby McFarland 7, Addison Melton 3,  Gracie Duke 2, Sydney Gibson 2.

BOYS

MTCS 69, PCA 31

The boys game was close for the first eight minutes as both teams played good defense. The Cougars had an 8-5 lead and then outscored PCA 19-3 to take a 27-8 lead.

"We were unable to make plays and make the right reads," PCA coach Kerry Hammonds II said. "We struggle to score, so the turnovers were a problem. We had good practice and good energy. We just did not come ready to play."

In the second half, MTCS extended the lead to as much as 28 by the end of the third quarter.  

"We were really good defensively tonight," MTCS coach Jason Piercey said. "We experimented with some things later in the game because of the nature of the game."

PCA was led by Max McMurry with 17 points, and the Cougars were paced by Braden Smith with 17.

"We knew where he was all the time in man and zone. He is a good player and I like him a lot," Piercey said of McMurry.

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