By David Wheeler/Special to the Journal
Tupelo Golden Wave head basketball coach Jeff Norwood wants to focus on winning each contest just for the sake of the game.
But the Wave can pick up a little extra today against the Grenada Chargers.
In the final Division 2-6A contest of the regular season, the Wave (14-10, 3-2) can clinch the division No. 1 seed with a nine-point or more victory over the Chargers in the 7:30 p.m. matchup.
“It’s a big game because it’s the next one,” Norwood said. “This is a pretty even division, and we have a chance to win the division.
“But as far as who we play next, I don’t care who it is, we just want to win.”
Tupelo is coming off a four-point loss Saturday to Baldwyn in the Hotbed Classic, but have a two-game winning streak in division play, with victories over Columbus and South Panola.
“Grenada is probably the most athletic group in the division,” said Norwood, whose Wave lost 54-46 on Jan. 11 at Grenada. “I think we’re ready to take the next step, but I want to win because it’s the next game.”
A Grenada win gives the Chargers the division’s top seed.
Sophomore Antonio Green leads the Wave at 13.9 points per game, with junior Sean Watkins next at 8.5 ppg.
These are the final two weeks of the regular season, and the Wave has some non-division challenges left after Grenada.
Tupelo hosts Lee County rival Shannon Friday, then the last week of the regular season plays at guard-deep New Albany Feb. 5 and at Corinth Feb. 8. The Corinth matchup will feature two of the better junior post players in the area in Watkins and Corinth’s Raheem Sorrell.
The Tupelo Lady Wave have the same opportunity to capture the 2-6A regular season title against Grenada in a 6 p.m. tip, but the scenario is a bit simpler.
All the Lady Wave (15-8, 4-1) have to do is win.