5A South State Basketball Champion Pascagoula has won 5 straight games

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

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