Pickering head coach Brandon Jordan preaches to his guys to get up-and-down the court on offense and to full-court press throughout the game to try and pick up a win.

The Red Devils used that mindset to get out to an early lead and hold on to it as they defeated Rosepine 83-48 Friday night at Pickering High School.

"It's like the movie Coach Carter," Jordan said. "I have kind of adopted that. The thing about being at Pickering is that because of the military and that we have such a transient student population, I can't really have a system. I thought, when I took the job, that we would have a system and we'd be good at it. Then I realized, I can't do that.

"We couldn't score early in the season, so we have to press to get extra possessions. In practice, we run, we run and run some more."

Rosepine had trouble dealing with the pressure presented by the Pickering, something head coach Daniel Fletcher said was unusual for his team.

"I think tonight was the probably the worst we played all year, honestly," Fletcher said. "My team is a lot better than what they played, but I felt like our ball handling wasn't very good. We are way better ball handlers than what we showed tonight. A lot of our problems came off of turnovers. We just threw the ball away, and it ended in layups."

The Eagles (4-13, 0-1) kept pace in the first quarter, trailing 19-14 at the end of the first quarter, but the Red Devils went on a 14-0 run midway through the second quarter to gain a 33-18 lead with 2:47 left in the first half.

Deshawn Jackson split a pair of free throws with 15 second remaining in the second quarter to go to take a 40-20 lead into the locker room.

Leading 58-41 at the end of the third quarter, the Pickering (11-11) offense stepped up another notch in the fourth quarter, going on a 22-2 run to begin the fourth quarter and put the game out of reach.

Jackson was a force in the paint for the Red Devils with 32 points in her first year of action.

"We sometimes have trouble scoring, and he's the only one that can put the ball in the hole," Jordan said. "As far as putting the ball in the hole, he's the best we've got."

Tyrese Smith added 18 points for Pickering, while Ahmad Fleming scored 12.

"This is the JV team from last year," Jordan said. "I lost a lot of talent from last year, but these guys love each other. They're best friends. I have four juniors that have always been together since I got them in seventh grade. If one of them does well, they all love it. They are as unselfish as can be."

Josh Stephens led Rosepine with 17 points, despite fouling out midway through the third quarter, and Xavier McCarty joined Stephens in double figured with 16 points.

"It didn't help losing Josh, because he's a big part of our offense, but it wasn't just one player," Fletcher said. "As a team, we didn't handle the ball well at all.

"The thing about our district is that anybody can be beaten on any night. Tonight, we just got outplayed."