THS sweeps South Panola
Wave's pressure overcomes slowdown; No. 1-ranked girls improve to 23-0.
By Gene Phelps
Tupelo favors an up-tempo game.
South Panola's just the opposite. The Tigers prefer a slower, more deliberate style.
In Tuesday's non-division showdown Tuesday at THS gym, South Panola played its style game early, building an eight-point lead.
But the homestanding Golden Wave pulled the welcome mat out from under the visiting Tigers late in the first half and early in the second half, rallying with its pressure defense and transition offense to take a 69-56 comeback victory.
"South Panola slowed the tempo," Wave coach Lee Stratton said. "We picked up our pressure. We changed how we attacked on defense and it led to good offense."
Senior center Braxton Robins paced the Wave with a game-high 21 points and six rebounds. His senior teammate, guard Ricky Hood, added 19 points and connected on three 3-point baskets.
Down 15-12 in the first period, Tupelo fell behind 27-19 with 2 minutes, 19 seconds remaining in the first half.
The Wave, behind the scoring of Robins and Hood, cut the Tigers' lead to 27-26 at halftime.
"We picked up our defense," Robins said. "That was the major thing. ... They wanted to slow it down; we wanted to run."
Tupelo didn't let up after the half, charging to a 38-31 lead. The lead capped a 19-4 run that started in the second period when Tupelo trailed by eight.
Two of Hood's 3-pointers came early in the fourth period, helping push the Wave's lead from four to 18 points, 62-44. The Tigers got no closer than 10 points the rest of the way.
"We played a fantastic second half," Stratton said. "We got after it like we're supposed to."
Tupelo, ranked No. 15 in the state by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, improved to 14-6 overall while South Panola fell to 10-11.
For South Panola, Roccii Ellis scored 12, Terio Brown 11 and Will Poole 10.
(G) Tupelo 58, South Panola 44
Tupelo, the state's No. 1-ranked team, improved to 23-0 with a strong showing against the Lady Tigers.
Tiffany Garth poured in 20 points and Shay Ashford added 17 to lead Tupelo. For South Panola, now 14-7 overall, T'anna Brown scored 14 and Marquita Barksdale added 11.