HICKS — The last time the Hicks Pirates won a playoff game, the seniors on the current version of the squad were just in the second grade.

HICKS — The last time the Hicks Pirates won a playoff game, the seniors on the current version of the squad were just in the second grade.

That all changed Friday night.

Seven players scored at least five points as the No. 12 Pirates held off a valiant effort by the No. 21 Monterey Wolves in the first round of the Class B playoffs, 55-41.

With the win, the Pirates improved to 18-19 overall, moving into a second-round matchup at 7 p.m. Tuesday on the road against the fifth-ranked Glenmora Wildcats, who defeated Stanley in the first round on Friday night.

Monterey (14-15) took the initial lead of the game on a layup from Alex Humphries, but Hicks would quickly claim the advantage with a 3-pointer from Daniel Miller, a bucket from Dylon Miller and two free throws by Mitchell Kinchen.

Jarrett Cooper answered with a 3-pointer for Monterey to cut the gap to two, 7-5, but the Pirates closed out the frame with an 11-7 advantage.

Austin Merchant opened the second period with a 3-pointer and sank another a little later to push Hicks out to a 17-10 lead. He added three free throws about a minute and a half later, while Daniel Miller scored five more points as Hicks eventually led by 13 points at the intermission, 28-15.

The third period was all Hicks, thanks to an 18-9 run, which saw Trace Williams get into the scoring act with a pair of 3-pointers, while John Pickering also got on the board with a nice jumper, allowing the Pirates to go into the fourth with a commanding 46-24 cushion.

After 3-pointers from Pickering and Zach Harper, the Pirates were up by 25 points, 53-28, taking control of the contest.

Monterey made a nice run to end the game, but it wasn't enough as the Pirates advanced to the second round.

Daniel Miller had 12 points for the Pirates and was the only Hicks' player in double figures. Merchant chipped in with nine points, while Dylon Miller and Kinchen each had eight points. Williams contributed seven points, while Harper and Pickering finished with six and five points, respectively.

Humphries had 14 points to place the Wolves, while David White chipped in with nine points.