CATEGORY: Basketball



By D.E. Wheeler

Daily Journal

It is the return engagement for the 1995-96 season Tupelo and Shannon basketball at the Tupelo Coliseum II.

High school basketball returns to the Tupelo Coliseum Saturday for the second time ever with the two most competitively consistent rivals in Lee County. And after two thrilling games decided by a total of three points in front of 2,427 on Dec. 2, coliseum officials are hoping for another successful pair of games.

“We were hoping to do at least 2,000 for that first game,” coliseum assistant director John McDonald said. “It was a good experience for all.

“We’re hoping to do the same or a little bit more for this game, but because of the weather, we might not.”

One cure for the cabin fever that could have developed during the past several days of winter-restricted travel would be for Lee County residents to get out and by tickets for the Tupelo-Shannon matchup today.

Through today at the coliseum box office, advance tickets for the game will be $4. The price goes up to $5 on Saturday, and the price is already $5 over the phone or through coliseum ticket outlets.

One price break that fans enjoyed for the first game that will still be in effect for Saturday’s contests as well the usual coliseum parking fees will not be in effect.

“We’re encouraging everybody to buy their tickets in advance,” McDonald said. “The fact that the coliseum is waiving the parking fee is a big consideration for us.”

Play begins at 5 p.m. Saturday with the Shannon-Tupelo B-team boys game, followed by the Lady Wave and the Lady Raiders at 6 p.m. and the Golden Wave and the Red Raiders at 7:30 p.m. This game was originally scheduled for today at Shannon.

“Even at the coliseum, the rivalry is still there,” said Shannon girls coach Glenda Scott. “I don’t think it lessens it any by playing there.

“We have the facility in Tupelo, and we need to use it.”

In the Dec. 2 girls game, the Lady Wave broke a 31-31 tie from the free throw line with 37 seconds left en route to a 34-32 win. The Lady Wave is currently 8-14 and the Lady Raiders are 13-13.

In the Dec. 2 boys game, two Titus Goree free throws with 29 seconds left were the final points of the contest in a 60-59 Red Raiders win. Shannon is currently 23-5 and ranked No. 3 among Daily Journal area schools and No. 12 by the Associated Press in Mississippi, while the Golden Wave is 14-13 and has won four of its last five.

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