Tupelo rolls against Nettleton in tuneup game

NETTLETON – With a division-clinching game on the horizon, Tupelo coach Matt Justice saw what he needed out of his Lady Golden Wave in a 72-34 win over county rival Nettleton.
Tupelo (15-8) will play Grenada on Tuesday and will clinch Division 2-6A with a win.

Melissa Meador/Monroe JournalNettleton's Jayla Jones drives to the basket as Tupelo's Bre Jernigan defends on Friday night in Nettleton.

Melissa Meador/Monroe Journal
Nettleton’s Jayla Jones drives to the basket as Tupelo’s Bre Jernigan defends on Friday night in Nettleton.

“We played at our tempo tonight and ran the floor well,” Justice said. “We got off to a good defensive start and had to set the tone early. That’s what we wanted to do coming in because playing on the road is always hard.”
The Lady Wave held Nettleton (7-10) scoreless for the first 3:30 of the game before Meredith Lee sank a free throw to put the Lady Tigers on the board.
Nettleton closed out the third with a 6-0 run, including a basket right before the buzzer from Coco Whitfield. Tupelo responded with a 5-0 run of its own, and Jaleigh Polk’s 3 gave the Lady Wave a double-figure lead at 21-10. A two-point shot to end the half from Braxton Thomas gave Tupelo a 31-17 halftime lead.
Jayla Jones opened the third with a bucket, but Tupelo responded in the third with a 21-8 run.
“We had a tough time setting up and running our offense tonight,” Nettleton coach Shelley Parman said. “We’ve got to work on getting our offense back under control. We had a tough time scoring in the second half.”
Thomas led all scorers with 18 points, while Jayla Jones led Nettleton with 9 points.
The Lady Tigers, who have started out 1-1 in division play, have key Division 2-3A matchups this week with Mantachie and Water Valley.
(B) Tupelo 75, Nettleton 47
Isaiah Traylor led Tupelo with 12 points, while Brice Ford scored 11. Chris Long led all scorers with 14 points, while Dre Sharp (13) and Demetrius Thomas (11) were also in double figures.