Monday’s tournament update: Jaguars stopped by Tupelo

MONDAY’S VITAL NUMBERS SCOREBOARD

BOYS BASKETBALL

MHSAA 6A Division semifinals

at Olive Branch

Tupelo 58, DeSoto Central 54

MHSAA 5A Division semifinals

at Lake Cormorant

Center Hill 58, Lafayette (Oxford) 44

GIRLS BASKETBALL

MHSAA 6A Division semifinals

at Olive Branch

Tupelo 58, DeSoto Central 55

at Oxford

Hernando 60, Southaven 40

Oxford 58, Horn Lake 43

MHSAA 5A Division semifinals

at Lake Cormorant

Lafayette (Oxford) 50, Center Hill 34

FEATURED GAMES

TUPELO BOYS 58, DESOTO CENTRAL 54

In being the number-two seed in the 6A division boys basketball tournament at Olive Branch, the Tupelo Golden Wave were designated the home team for Monday’s contest against third-seed DeSoto Central. 

In being the home team, it was expected that when it came time for the tip-off, the Golden Wave would pull off their warm up jackets to show their home white jerseys. 

But, either someone didn’t get the memo, or the home whites are still in the wash. Whatever the reason, Monday’s game was played with Tupelo wearing their road blues, and DeSoto Central in road purple, as they were expected to wear. 

Regardless, the Wave shook off their wardrobe fashion faux pas to put together a 36-point second half and hold off the Jaguars 58-54 to advance to Friday’s division championship game. 

Tupelo took a 15-14 lead after one quarter, but the Jaguars were able to knot the score at 22-22 and held at 25-22 lead at intermission. 

The Wave’s rally in the third period gave Tupelo a 39-38 lead when the quarter ended. Tupelo in the fourth quarter took as much as a nine-point bulge at 52-43 before DeSoto Central made a late push that got the Jaguars within 52-48. Late in the game, the Tupelo lead shrank to 56-54 before the Wave finished off the Jaguars for the win.  

Brayton Bishop paced the Tupelo scoring with 20 points, with seven points coming in the fourth quarter. London Fields added 11 with eight points in the second half, six of which came from outside the three-point line.  

Matthew Smith led DeSoto Central’s scoring with 15 points Monday night against Tupelo. (Bob Bakken/DeSoto County Sports)

DeSoto Central’s standout Matthew Smith led the Jags with 15, including 7-for-8 from the free throw line. Trey Moore added 12.  

Coach Blake Orman’s Jaguars will return Thursday for a consolation game against either Lewisburg or Olive Branch. Tupelo comes back Friday for the division championship game and hopefully will bring the right color uniform this time.  

Rachel Hightower of DeSoto Central stares down Tupelo’s Tydaija Spencer in Monday’s contest at Olive Branch. (Bob Bakken/DeSoto County Sports)

TUPELO GIRLS 58, DESOTO CENTRAL 55

The Tupelo Lady Wave rallied back in the second half of a hotly contested 6A division semi-final game, surviving the attack of the DeSoto Central Lady Jags 58-55.  

DeSoto Central controlled the contest early and took a 24-20 lead to intermission.

“We’ve been trying to capitalize more on offense,” Petty said. “Just trying to get everybody involved because when you got one person handling the ball, it’s easy for the defense to play you.” 

But, the rails fell off in the third quarter for the Lady Jags with the Lady Wave countering with a 23-point quarter to take a 43-37 lead into the final eight minutes. 

“We gave up too many offensive rebounds,” Petty said. “Our shot selection just wasn’t good at the moment. They finished, they made free throws and we didn’t.”

Midway through the final quarter, DeSoto Central had regained the lead to 52-47 before Tupelo recovered and had a 54-52 lead with 45 seconds remaining.  

Makayla Riley of Tupelo led all scorers with a game-high 21 points. Halle Traylor added 17, all of which were scored in the second half. 

Tanaija Bratcher of DeSoto Central led the Lady Jags with 12 points Monday night. (Bob Bakken/DeSoto County Sports)

Tanaija Bratcher paced DeSoto Central, scoring 12. Alana Wiggins added 11 for the Lady Jags. 

The closely-called contest had three DeSoto Central players, Rachel Hightower, Tereah Hayslett and Davisha Dorsey, all leave the game early with fouls and Janiya Jones was tagged for fouls four times. Shakinah Jackson of Tupelo also left the game early with five fouls.  

“We’ve gotta learn how to close (out games), Petty said. “We’ve got to learn how to close and learn how to finish.”

Both teams await either Lewisburg or Olive Branch in the next round. The winner plays Tupelo for the district championship and the top seed from the district in the state playoffs. DeSoto Central meets Tuesday’s loser in the consolation game and only the winner of the consolation round advances into the playoffs.  

NOTABLES

  • In the Center Hill boys’ 58-44 5A division semifinal victory over Lafayette (Oxford) at Lake Cormorant, Zandon Haralson led the Mustangs in scoring with 24 points, followed by Kaeden Laws with 20. 
  • In Center Hill’s 50-34 girls’ division semifinal loss to Lafayette (Oxford), Kayleigh Prentiss and Candice Buford each scored nine and Madison Bush added nine.  
  • Andrea Manning paced Hernando with 25 points in the Lady Tigers 60-40 6A division semifinal victory over Southaven. 
  • Talayeh Lipford led Horn Lake with 16 points in the Lady Eagles’ 58-43 loss to Oxford in the girls” 6A division tournament semifinals at Oxford.  
  • Former Southaven and Ole Miss basketball standout Terence Davis Jr. scored just three points in 17 minutes of Monday’s 128-113 Raptors’ victory over the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum.  

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