Moss Point Lady Tigers Standing Tall In High School Basketball Ranks

Coach Stephen Pater took over the Lady Tigers program five years ago and has built Moss Point into a basketball power. To be the best one must play the best. Pater says, "We tried to play a tough. We took some pointers from the football program playing tough teams. We've taken our lumps a couple of times, but it has shown us a few teams we have to improve on and has given us some food for thought for what we might want to do in the future."

6-foot Monique Cowan is one of the best all-around players in the state. She's bagging 20 points and 12.6 rebounds per game. She's an exceptional talent and says, "I don't go onto the court to intimate anybody because I want everybody to play up to their game and high expectations and let them do what they've go to do and I do mine."

The Lady Tigers add more height in the middle... thanks to BranDee Fry. She stands 6 feet 4 inches. BranDee leads in the coast in rebounding pulling down 13.2 per game.. adding 9 points and 4 assists. She also gets in her share of blocks. Moss Point's success is built around team play. BranDee says, "My teammates always are there to back me up in anything I do. I just go out there and play my hardest and do what I have to do for my team."

Number 15.. Shay Stewart helps the Lady Tigers motor. She's quick.. dishing out 6.4 assists per game.. netting 10 points an outing. This team has what it takes to make a solid run at the state title. Shay says, "We have taller players. Lots of help with solid players coming off the bench. We're doing great right now."

Angel Liddell is ripping the nets at a 15-point clip along with 5 steals and 5 assists per game. The Lady Tigers face more pressure.. ranked 9th in the Associated Press State basketball poll.

Angel says, "We really don't pay attention to the state rankings. We just do what we have to do every day and take each competitor very seriously."

Tiffany Coleman, Amber Hardy and Mary Denson add more talent to a very talented Moss Point Lady Tigers team.

By A.J. Giardina