Tupelo overcomes slow start, heads back to title game

Feb. 29—JACKSON — Tupelo trailed Northwest Rankin by as many as 14 points in the first half, but the Golden Wave erased the deficit in a hurry.

Tupelo dominated the middle two quarters and survived a late Northwest Rankin comeback bid for a 54-48 win in the Class 7A semifinals on Thursday at the Mississippi Coliseum. Jade Rucker led the comeback with a team-high 18 points.

kAm%FA6=@ H:== A=2J 7@C 2 DE2E6 E:E=6 @? $2EFC52J 7@C E96 D64@?5 4@?D64FE:G6 J62C 27E6C =@D:?8 :? =2DE J62C'D r=2DD ep 492>A:@?D9:A 82>6]k^Am

kAm"(6 ;FDE E@=5 E96 A=2J6CD E@ 42=> 5@H? 2?5 >2A:@?D9:A @C 2 DE2E6 D6>:7:?2= 82>6[ A6@A=6 2C6 8@:?8 E@ 4@>6 @FE DH:?8:?8[ 2?5 J@F'G6 8@E E@ 36 23=6 E@ E2>65 E96 567:4:E E@ ;FDE EH@ 9625:?8 :?E@ 92=7E:>6[ 2?5 %FA6=@ AFE @? 2 4=:?:4 :? E96 E9:C5 BF2CE6C] %FA6=@ @FED4@C65 }@CE9H6DE #2?6 2== E96 H2J 32427E6C E92E]k^Am

kAm#F4 E96 D:56=:?6D =2DE J62C 2D 96C E62> 42>6 FA ;FDE D9@CE @7 2 DE2E6 492>A:@?D9:A 27E6C D96 E@C6 96C pr{] qFE D96 DA2C'D 4@>6324:? E96 D64@?5 BF2CE6C H:E9 2 76H BF:43F4J 5C62>[" #F4J '_ >@?E9D @7 C64@G6CJ 2?5 2== E9C@F89@FE E96 AC6D62D@? 2?5 FA E:= ?@H[ x'G6 366? H@CJ E62> C625J 7@C E9:D >@>6?E]"k^Am

kAmyFDE:46 D2:5 E92E E96 >6DD286 E@ E96 =@4 92D 366? E@ "7:?:D9 E96 C246 E92E H6 DE2CE65 =2DE J62C]" %FA6=@ 7@F?5 2 H2J E@ 4=@D6 @FE }@CE9H6DE #2?6 282:?[" yFDE:46 D2:5] "(6'G6 8@E E96 6IA6C:6?46 ?@H[ 2?5 x 766= =:A6E6 7@C :E]"k^Am


kAmkDEC@?8m%FC?:?8 !@:?Eik^DEC@?8m %FA6=@ @FED4@C65 }@CE9H6DE #2?3:?65 E@ AF== 29625 7@C 8@@5]k^Am

kAmkDEC@?8m!@:?E |2 8@:?8] p?5 D96 5:5 E92E]" — yFDE:46k^Am