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November 7, 2013

Tupelo grabs pair of season-opening wins

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Tupelo —

Sydney Moore hit a jumper for Stringtown to break the Tupelo streak, but the visiting Lady Tigers wouldn’t score again over the final three minutes. Moore led her team’s offense with 12 points to go with nine rebounds.

“The kids played hard. If we keep playing hard like that, we will have a chance to beat some people. It was a good win,” Reeves said.

Chamberlain also registered an impressive double-double with 13 points and 18 rebounds. Tupelo won the battle of the boards 60-36. Hailey Ellis just missed being the third Lady Tiger with a double-double, pulling down 10 rebounds to go with eight points and a game-high six steals.

Despite having 11 total steals, Tupelo had more turnovers (19) than Stringtown (13).

BOYS

Tupelo 47, Stringtown 33

Weller’s halftime speech must have worked, as Tupelo outscored Stringtown 11-2 to start the third quarter. Tupelo extended a five-point lead at intermission to 29-15 after Ben Meek hit an open 12-footer at the 2:21 mark.

Stringtown standout Zac Couch interrupted that Tupelo streak with a floater in the land at the 2:04 mark. It was his first points since scoring eight points on 4-of-5 shooting in the first quarter. He would miss eight of his last 10 field goal attempts but still led the SHS offense with 13 points.

McCollum picked up his fourth foul with 6:18 left in the game and was sent to the bench.  Tupelo went into a mini-drought that started after John Umstead hit a 3-pointer at the 1:02 mark of the third quarter and ended when Meek hit a short jumper with 2:42 to play that put the host Tigers ahead 34-23.

Stringtown got within seven at 38-31 after Bailey King swished a 3-pointer with 1:07 left, but Tupelo went 9-of-10 from the line in the final 44 seconds — including a 5-of-6 showing by Umstead — to keep the visitors at bay. Umstead would contribute 12 points and six rebounds to the win. 

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