By David Wheeler/Special to the NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Tupelo Lady Wave head coach Matt Justice has the Columbus Lady Falcons on the brain.
Being a Division 2-6 foe, an understandable affliction, considering the Lady Wave were 0-3 against Columbus a season ago, and lost 50-49 on Jan. 4 to the Lady Falcons.
The Lady Wave (10-8, 2-1) can kick down that mental roadblock today, as they host the rematch with the Lady Falcons (10-5, 3-0) with tipoff at 6 p.m.
(Bad weather today could postpone the games.)
“Our goal is to win the division,” Justice said. “That first game against Columbus is a game we strongly remember.
“Now this game is on our home floor. Columbus has won the division three years in a row, but we can put Tupelo back on top.”
In that Jan. 4 contest, Columbus’ Kiki Patterson tallied 31 points, just one more thing that Tupelo senior Casey Marshall wants to correct on the Lady Wave’s floor tonight by stopping the Lady Falcons.
“We need to come out focused, and know we can win,” said Marshall, who leads the Lady Wave in scoring at 14.0 points per game. “We’ve been through our ups and downs this season, but we’ve been building a lot of chemistry.
“Being my senior year, this game means a lot to me.”
The Lady Wave are currently in second place behind Columbus in the division, ahead of Grenada and South Panola.
“The story from that first Columbus game is posted on our wall in our locker room,” Justice said. “Our goal is to push the tempo this time.”
The Tupelo boys are also looking for a little payback from its 42-37 loss earlier in the season to Columbus.
“I think Columbus got more second chance points than they got out of their offense,” Tupelo head coach Jeff Norwood said. “I’m going to be more aggressive at home against them.”
Tupelo (11-9, 1-2) is led in scoring by sophomore Antonio Green at 14.1 ppg.
Columbus (10-5, 2-1) is currently tied with Grenada for first place in the division at 2-1.