Special to the Journal
TUPELO – Tupelo Golden Wave head coach Jeff Norwood appreciated his team’s attention to detail in the third quarter on Thursday night.
Norwood should also appreciate the fact that the Wave posted their first victory of the young season, knocking off the Mooreville Troopers 86-36.
“I was a lot more pleased with our attention to detail in the second half,” Norwood said. “We played against a young team tonight, but we’re going to need to have that focus this season.
“I think that if we play to the best of our ability, we have the chance for a successful season.”
Despite Norwood’s concern with where his team’s heads were in the first half, the first 16 minutes were pretty successful on the scoreboard for the Wave (1-1).
Midway through the first quarter, Easton Upchurch hit three consecutive 3-pointers for Tupelo, which moved to a 17-5 lead at that point, and closed the period with a 25-13 advantage.
Tupelo shuffled its way through the second quarter to lead 42-24 at the half, but punctuated its winning effort in the third quarter. There, Tupelo opened the period with the first 20 points, with Isaiah Traylor, Tre Long, and Malik Douglas each hitting at least two field goals during the run.
“We lost seven seniors, and had only one or two players with barely any high school experience,” said first-year Mooreville head coach Jim Tally, taking over a program that was 27-5 a season ago. “I’m looking to build some confidence and experience for our guys.”
Upchurch paced the Tupelo offense with 17 points, while Traylor, Long, and Douglas all added 11. Ben Seay paced Mooreville with 13.
(G) Tupelo 71, Mooreville 21: The Lady Wave played aggressively in half-court situations the entire contest, which was enough effort for this matchup.
The Lady Wave (2-0) used a 12-0 run to close the first quarter to control the contest 26-8. Senior Bre Jernigan had two baskets during that span.
Jaleigha Polk had the hot hand for Tupelo with 19, while Miah Edmonds managed 10 for Mooreville.
Both Tupelo teams get a second Lee County matchup Tuesday, hosting Shannon.