The Daily Journal’s No. 1 girls team, Pontotoc, fell hard tonight against No. 6 Tupelo, 50-47. At home. To say the least, coach Bill Russell is beside himself. Seems every time the Lady Warriors play the Lady Wave, they seize up.
“The difference in the whole game is that we were intimidated that they were Tupelo and we were Pontotoc,” Russell said.
I just got back from covering South Pontotoc and Itawamba AHS in Fulton. The visitors pulled a sweep: 55-34 (girls) and 61-42 (boys). South’s girls, ranked No. 3, looked as strong as I suspected they were. Don’t let that earlier loss to Booneville fool you; they’re a veteran squad and quick learners.
“We’ve been playing together for four years now, every one of us,” senior Raelynne Putman said. “We know each other and what we’re going to do.”
Read more about these games in Wednesday’s Daily Journal.