Tupelo made 17-of-21 (81 percent) free throws overall, compared to a 1-for-4 showing by Stringtown.
It was a 22-11 scoring edge over the middle two quarters that turned the tide for Tupelo.
“When you’re not hitting shots, you have to play good defense, and I thought we played pretty good defense the whole game,” Weller said. “It was a good win for the first game.”
Chisum Henry also reached double digits for the hometown Tigers with 13 points.
Tupelo outrebounded Stringtown 39-29.