Wave denied No. 1 seed

Tupelo Golden WaveBy David Wheeler

Special to the Journal

GRENADA – The Tupelo Golden Wave had a chance to secure the No. 1 seed in Division 2-6A Tuesday.

The Grenada Chargers had other ideas.

Effectively disrupting the Wave offense, the Chargers powered their way to a 78-55 victory.

“They played more zone this time,” said Wave head coach Jeff Norwood, whose team had previously defeated the Chargers 67-63. “That had an effect on us.

“And when we didn’t score, our defense had to gamble, and that got them easy shots.”

Both Tupelo (15-9, 5-1) and Grenada (15-10, 4-1) are now tied for first in 2-6A in the loss column. With the help of a tie-breaker, Grenada can win the division Tuesday by beating South Panola.

Grenada used a pair of 10-0 runs to grab the momentum and never let go in this contest.

After an Antonio Green 3-pointer tied the contest at 6-6 in the first quarter, Grenada went on its first run, with a Tyrin Jones 3-pointer giving the home team a 16-6 lead.

Then the Chargers opened the second quarter on a 10-0 run, moving ahead 26-10.

Tupelo tried to hang tough, pulling within 34-27 at the half, highlighted by four points by Isaiah Traylor to close the period.

Grenada clinched the contest in the third quarter, taking a 53-36 lead into the fourth quarter.

“I know Tupelo had been playing well, but it is important for us to get the No. 1 seed in the division,” said Grenada head coach Jaworski Rankin, a former Tupelo assistant.

Green hit 14 and Traylor 13 for Tupelo, with Jones bagging 20 to lead Grenada.

(G) Tupelo 54, Grenada 23: The Lady Wave wrapped up a perfect division schedule with the victory.

Grenada opened the contest with a rebound and field goal, then the contest was all Tupelo (22-1, 6-0). The Lady Wave went on to lead 18-4 after the first quarter, and 36-16 at the half.

Tupelo was led in scoring by Kaliyah Dandridge with 16 points, the only Lady Wave in double figures.

Tupelo, No. 1 in the Daily Journal’s rankings, is at Shannon Friday, then hosts Horn Lake Tuesday.