The Wave finally shifted into high gear in the second half, pulling away from the Tigers for a 65-48 victory.
“I felt like they had a lot more to give,” Norwood said. “Our good second-half play was more of a progression from last night.”
On Friday, Tupelo lost 54-53 to Southaven.
Ripley (10-2) was managing its halftime margin of 28-24 in the third period with a 33-29 lead following an Isiah Howard three-point play.
Tupelo takes over
Then Tupelo (7-6) flicked a switch and reeled off a 10-0 spurt, with four points by Sean Watkins, and capped by an Isaiah Traylor 3-pointer for a 39-33 lead.
In the final period, Jordan Garmon began a 15-0 run with a basket for a 46-41 lead. Watkins scored five points in the effort, and Garmon capped the run with a basket for a 59-41 Tupelo lead.
“We scratched and clawed for 21⁄2 quarters,” said Ripley head coach Grant Gardner, whose leading scorer Malik Pearson missed the game. “When Tupelo switched from a zone to a man-to-man defense, it put a lid on the basket for us.”
Watkins led Tupelo with 13 points, with Alex Foster adding 11. Deion Palmer led Ripley with 19.
(G) Ripley 72, Tupelo 58: With both squads coming off tough losses on Friday, the Lady Tigers responded best in this matchup.
Ripley (7-2) used an 8-0 run in the second quarter to gain a little breathing room at 33-24. Then a 9-0 run to close the third period pushed the Ripley margin to 58-44.
Jayla Chills tossed in an excellent 34 for Ripley, with Casey Marshall pacing Tupelo (7-4) with 16.