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Cord Wright is in his first season as the head coach of the Northeast Tigers basketball team.
The new Northeast head coach will certainly get a nice dose of rivalry today as his Tigers host the Indians in the North Division opener for both teams. The tip for the women’s game is 5:30 p.m., followed by the men’s contest.
“I could already tell at (Tuesday’s) practice by the level of excitement the players were looking forward to this game,” Wright said. “I’ve been at Northeast-Itawamba games recruiting before, and I’m looking forward to coaching in this game.
“For both teams, it’s a fresh start to the season with division play.”
Northeast (3-6) and Itawamba (2-4) come into this matchup after rigorous pre-division schedules.
“I’m excited with our guys, and our record doesn’t reflect how well we’ve played,” Wright said. “We’ve played most of our games on the road, and we’ve continued to get better every game.”
Wright has appreciated the early play of point guard Dimario Jackson from Louisiana, Marcus Hogan from Jackson, and Al Azulphar from Connecticut Azulphar at 6-foot-11 leads the nation in shot blocking at 5.1 per game, and the Tigers in rebounding at 8.1, while Jackson leads the team in scoring at 13.0.
For Itawamba, Alex Anderson from Memphis leads the team in scoring at 17.0.
Northeast Lady Tigers head coach Brian Alexander also appreciates that this is the North opener for both teams.
“This is a very interesting matchup for us,” Alexander said. “It is the first division game, but it’s also the first day of final exams.”
Northeast (3-4) is led in scoring by Angelia Allen from Belmont at 13.4 per game, with Aushiana Ivy from Shannon leading in rebounds at 9.7. Ivy this week, and Allen last week, were MACJC Players of the Week in Mississippi.
For Itawamba (3-3), Jayla Chills from Ripley leads in scoring at 12.7.