Pascagoula's Tony Combs coached 29 years in Alabama before taking over the Panthers last season. For the second consecutive year, Pascagoula qualified for the 5A State Tournament, posting 21 wins and 9 losses.
Combs said, "Well I think the biggest thing is we got some people healthy and we've got our rotations down. Everybody knows their role and everybody is fufilling their role to a great extent and its made us very hard to guard."
Tracy Hadley leads a balanced Panthers offensive attack, netting 15.4 points per game, one of three Pascagoula players hitting the nets in double-figures.
Ladatron Deas adds 11.9 points and 3.7 assists an outing, while 6-foot-4 senior Prince McDaniel has stepped up, bagging 11.9 points and 5.8 rebounds.
"We're playing as a team and way better than in the regular season," McDaniel stated. He added, " We came together."@
Brandon Rich is a solid defender and has excelled offensively since the playoffs got underway.
Paul Plainer is consistent, netting 7.9 points, a vital cog in the Panthers title hopes.
Plainer said,"We're playing really well right now. Everybody has picked up their chemistry and we're playing as a team."
Coach Combs admits his Panthers face a tall task. Jackson Provine has a roster that consists of two 6-foot-7 players, a 6-6 freshman and two 6-foot-5 players