BATESVILLE – The Tupelo basketball team brought some excitement to the South Panola Tiger gymnasium Tuesday night.
Though Tupelo swept the Tigers in three games, the Golden Wave faced different teams than they had seen in the past.
The first game was against the B-team. The B-team Tigers led 31-30 in the last seconds of the game. Tupelo threw up a three which hit the rim of the glass. A Tiger knocked the ball out and was charged with goaltending. Tupelo won 33-31.
The Lady Tigers (2-2) had the most trouble with its Tupelo team. They lost 49-37.
Tupelo jumped out to a 12-3 start in the first quarter but the Lady Tigers found their legs and the basket and had a more respectable showing. The Lady Tigers had moved within two points 12-10 with 1:45 left in the first quarter.
The second quarter ended with Tupelo ahead 15-10. With steals and Lady Tiger turnovers, the Lady Golden Wave hit three consecutive shots to go ahead 11 points, 21-10 before two minutes were gone in the second quarter. At the half, Tupelo led 26-19.
According to Lady Tiger head coach Ralph Stallings, Tupelo saw the Lady Tigers could not match up with their size and put a 6’2" center on the floor and she hit some key baskets to keep the Lady Tigers at bay.
With 4:36 left in the third quarter, Tupelo had built the lead back up to 11 points, 30-21.
All hope was not lost. The Lady Tigers rallied.
With some hot shooting and key rebounds by the Lady Tigers, they pulled within one point, 32-31 at the end of the third quarter.
Reshondez Wren, freshman, led the way with three field goals in that last four minutes. Pulling down the rebounds were Cheryl Cox and Kim Sanford. Sanford also had an offensive rebound with a turnaround field goal. Shenice Williams and Erinn Gates hit some much needed free throws to help with the scoring.
In the fourth quarter, Tupelo used its height advantage to wipe out the one point lead and go back ahead by 12 points with 5:43 left in the game. The Lady Tigers moved within nine points at one time, but Tupelo with some hot hands went back ahead for the ending score.
Reshondez Wren led the Lady Tigers in scoring with nine points.
For the season, the Lady Tigers won a game in the Ethel Classic, defeated Water Valley for the first game of the regular season and lost to Coffeeville in the Calhoun City Classic 58-41 this past weekend.
The Tigers lost the lead and the game to Tupelo 60-46. Though Tupelo shot the opening basketball, the Tigers led 16-10 at the end of the first quarter.
Tupelo caught up and passed the Tigers in the second quarter for only a few plays. The lead changed hands four times before the Tigers established themselves with 1:50 left in the first half.
At halftime the Tigers led 29-25.
The Tigers built up a 35-27 lead with 5:57 left in the third quarter on a three-point play by Joseph Hankins who scored in the low post and was fouled.
With six unanswered points, Tupelo caught up with the Tigers 35-33 with 3:53 left in the third quarter. Outscoring the Tigers 8-4, Tupelo tied the score 37-37 with 3:00 left.
Tupelo took the lead with 1:46 left in the third quarter on a slam dunk and the Tigers never tied or saw the lead again. Tupelo led 43-39 going into the fourth quarter.
Leading scorers for the Tigers were Joseph Hankins with 14 points, 9 rebounds, 1 steal; Kordaryl Ford, 13 points, 6 rebounds, 5 steals; and Anthony Nelson, 6 points and 6 rebounds.
Though school will be out next week for the Thanksgiving holiday, the Tigers will travel to Pontotoc Monday, Nov. 22 for a game at 6 p.m.
The Tigers will return to action after that on Tuesday, Nov. 30, in Oxford.