TUPELO – With school out, Tupelo still did plenty of teaching on Monday night, forcing 29 turnovers from visiting Nettleton in an 86-52 win.
The Lady Wave opened the sweep with a 52-41 win.
The Golden Wave (5-2) built a 32-11 first period lead that was never cut below 17 points.
“We knew Nettleton was going to play hard when they came over here,” said Tupelo coach Grant Pate. “We’ve been trying to use our pressure as much as we can. We were able to score with our defense.”
The Golden Wave went ahead 21-11 on Jeremy Foster’s steal and layin. Three steals and a Romeo Johnson bucket later and Tupelo led 32-11 after one complete.
“This has been coming for about a week and a half,” said Nettleton coach Grant Gardner. “We’ve been playing bad basketball and they continued tonight what they did last week. We’ve got to get in the gym in the morning and get better or we’ll get a couple more of these before we get it turned around.”
In Nettleton’s first loss of the season, Kyle Easley scored a team-high 12 points. Blake Birks added 11, all in the first half for the 6-1 Tigers.
“That’s our goal,” Pate said, “to try and get production out of our defense. Our guys played hard we had some guys come off the bench that played really really hard and our seniors really led. With school out, they were able to make sure the other guys kept their focus.”
Junior Deontaye Ewing had a game-high 15 points for the Golden Wave. Rashon Coleman added 10. The lead went to 30 points at 72-42 on Coleman’s fourth quarter 3-pointer.
“Carelessness…we’ve been lucky. We’ve gotten by with it,” Gardner said. “Tupelo’s too good. If you make mistake after mistake after mistake, Tupelo’s going to capitalize. We kept doing the same things over and over. We’ll get better at practice in the morning though.”
(G) Tupelo 52, Nettleton 41
Trailing 19-8 at one point in the first half, Camry Jones scored four consecutive points to make it 19-16
Nettleton tied it at 28 at the half on Levontra Clark’s basket.
In the fourth though, Amber Jackson scored four straight of her game-high 22 points for Tupelo and the Lady Wave (4-2) never looked back.
Kari Copeland chipped in 10 points for Tupelo.
For Nettleton (5-2), Jones led the way with 16 points. Memory Shumpert added 10.
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