By David Wheeler/NEMS Daily Journal
AMORY – The Tupelo Golden Wave got a bit of a battle Friday from the Amory Panthers, but solid floor execution helped the visiting team to an 86-67 victory.
“They were scrappy, and shot the ball extremely well,” Tupelo coach Grant Pate said. “But our guys were able to execute on offense.”
Tupelo (9-2) did not lack for scoring, with four players in double figures, led by seniors Chris Brooks and Deontaye Ewing with 22 points each. Both got off to a nice start in the first quarter with a pair of field goals each as the Wave built a 19-11 lead.
The Wave extended that lead to 61-45 by the end of the third quarter. There, hot shooting by Amory’s Dario Robinson, who tossed in 31 points, kept the contest interesting in the final period, though Tupelo never saw the lead shrink under nine points.
“Chris Brooks and Kyle Wilson score from where we needed them to score in the offense,” Pate said. “And when Amory made runs, the guys responded and were very positive.”
(G) Tupelo 46, Amory 33
The Lady Wave (6-5) edged to a 24-19 lead by the half, and saw some key baskets by Casey Marshall in the final period cap the win.
“We started out flat, again, but we’re trying to fix that,” said Tupelo coach Stephanie Murphy, whose Lady Wave did not score their first field goal until 1 minute, 28 seconds to play in the first quarter. “We did a good job forcing turnovers with our press, and we had players in the right position on offense.”
Marshall paced the Tupelo offense with 13 points, with Antoinette Riddle adding 10 in her first action of the season. Alexandria Thompson led Amory with 15.
Both Tupelo teams are in action today on the road, with the Lady Wave facing Lafayette at 4:30 p.m., and the Wave versus Lafayette at 6 p.m.
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