TUPELO - The Ripley Tigers and Lady Tigers officially tipped off 2021-2022 basketball season during a trip to the Hound Dog Classic in Tupelo on Saturday.
In a pair of contests that featured the Ripley head coaching debuts of Lady Tiger head coach Chad Brown, as well as Tigers head coach Chris Byrd, the Lady Tigers defeated Holly Springs 53-25, while the Tigers were defeated 46-43.
(G) Ripley 53 - Holly Springs 25
First-year head coach Chad Brown got his first win as Lady Tigers head coach, and did it in convincing fashion, as the Ripley Lady Tigers ran away from Holly Springs 53-25.
"Anytime you get a win it's good, but we got a lot of stuff to clean up," Brown said postgame.
The Lady Tigers began the game on a strong note, going on a 10-0 run before finishing the first quarter up 18-5. Ripley created several easy look off of Holly Springs turnovers, while keeping the ball moving on offense to create looks for players like Alorian Story in the post. Story, who picked up ten points and seven rebounds in the first half, was a significant factor in the Lady Tigers' 34-8 halftime lead.
Holly Springs opened the second half on an 8-2 run, but the Lady Tigers recovered and maintained a sizeable lead up to a 53-25 final score. Deshantae Jackson led all scorers with 18 points on perfect 7-7 shooting, while Story finished with a 12-point, ten-rebound double-double. Amy Rodgers chipped in a dozen points as well.
(B) Holly Springs 46 - Ripley 43
The Tigers did not have the same luck in their contest, as despite a spirited comeback attempt down nine points going into the fourth quarter, the Tigers fell to Holly Springs 46-43.
The Tigers trailed throughout a majority of the contest, as five first-half three-pointers by Holly Springs worked to extend their slim lead over Ripley at various points in the first half. Ripley could not get much offensive rhythm going through the first half, as they were down 26-18 heading into halftime.
LaTrell Vance and the Tigers made a spirited comeback attempt in the fourth quarter, as they managed to come within a point of Holly Springs after a 16-5 run after being down nine points entering the quarter. Vance scored 12 of his 23 total points in the fourth quarter, but it was not enough, as a late basket put Holly Springs up for good.