By David Wheeler/Special to the NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – College post-season bracketology might be more famous, but high the high school version can be just as intense.
Needing to win by nine points Friday for a division tournament No. 1 seed, the Tupelo Golden Wave held back the Grenada Chargers 66-48 in a 2-6A regular season pairing.
“I thought we were ready to play tonight,” Tupelo head coach Jeff Norwood said. “Some of our guys stepped up to play, and made some shots.
“I don’t know, but either way, you have to beat the best to be the best.”
Playing without leading scorer Antonio Green, one of two players sitting this contest, the Wave managed the head-to-head matchup with Grenada smartly.
Tupelo (15-10, 4-2) edged its way to a 12-9 first quarter lead. In the second period, senior Jordan Garmon and Alex Foster combined for nine points, and a 3-pointer at the buzzer by sophomore Alex Norwood gave the Wave a 32-21 lead.
The home team maintained its focus in the third, building a 50-35 advantage, then outscored Grenada (11-9, 4-2) 16-2 to open the fourth quarter to seal the win.
Isaiah Traylor was one of four Tupelo players in double figures with 13 points, while Tyrin Jones hit 17 for Grenada.
(G) Tupelo 63, Grenada 24: The Lady Wave (16-8, 5-1) simply needed to win to clinch the 2-6A regular season title, and took care of business.
Tupelo overcame some sloppy first half play, with sophomore Jaleighia Polk scoring eight points in the closing seconds of the half for a 34-18 lead. The Lady Wave then opened the third quarter on a 14-0 run.
Polk led Tupelo with 19, and Casey Marshall chipped in 17.