Using its full-court pressure and ability to create turnovers, Hicks pulled away from Pickering Friday night at the Anacoco Tournament.
Leading 27-17 at half, the Pirates outscored the Red Devils 19-6 in the third en route to their 59-42 win.
"With our guards, we play in spurts," Hicks head coach Mike Charrier said. "You never know when it's coming, but we welcome them. We don't have near enough at times."
Hicks guard Chloe Wilbanks and forward Lauren Quinn each scored seven points in the third, while Pickering managed just two field goals in the quarter.
"Any basketball team, the more balanced you are, it tends to compliment each other," Charrier said. "If we are able to get different angles to attack the basket, we can have success."
Hicks pushed the pace throughout the game, but Pickering is accustomed to playing at that pace. The Red Devils (6-6) just could not get shots to fall.
"We normally play that way anyway, but we just couldn't get shots to fall," Pickering head coach Robert Carter said. "We made 17 of 34 free throws. You can't win missing layups. The fast pace doesn't bother us.
"It was just a bad night. (Mahogany Griffin) never misses that many shots. She wasn't hitting from the outsides, layup and free throws."
Quinn led all scorers with 21 points, and Wilbanks was not far behind with 18 points, including four 3-pointers.
Despite trailing by 23 heading into the fourth, Pickering stayed competitive and outscored the Pirates 19-13 in the fourth quarter.
"They never quit. This bunch never quits," Carter said. "They can be 40 or 50 down. We were down 25 to Fairview and were saying 'we still got this.' That's good. As long as they're not quitting."
Moriah Jones led Pickering with 17 points, including three 3s in the fourth quarter. Breanna Redden scored 11 with five points coming from the free throw line.
Charrier went deep into his bench with foul trouble early in the game, but was able to sustain the tempo he aimed for.
"At times, we were able to get the pace to where we wanted it, but hats off to Pickering," he said. "They have a quick club and had good shooters at the end. They were able to hang around to make it a game the whole 32 minutes.
"We are deeper than five girls. We have a team that compliments each other well. It's nice to have six or eight girls deep and are able to execute."
Hicks advances to 17-2 on the year, and playing that many games early in the year has Hicks has been able to test its bench and the team.
"When you play the numbers we do, it keeps the fouls down and the legs fresh," Charrier said. "These girls have really worked hard this year and put a lot of value on our program. The bar has been raised."