OC girls end ’07 with 12 triumphs

OC girls end ’07 with 12 triumphs
If you don’t win them all, 12-out-of-13 isn’t bad.
The Obion Central girls wound up the first part of their 2007-08 season with their 12th victory in 13 outings after beating Collinwood 68-51 in the Huntingdon Point Guard Christmas Classic Saturday night.
The Lady Rebels, whose only loss came to District 13AA rival Gibson County, won their first seven games and will carry a five-game victory streak into the second half of the season when they entertain Westview Friday night.
The OC boys, though, saw what has been a solid first part of the ’07-08 campaign end on a down note with a 67-58 loss to Collinwood in the Huntingdon holiday event.
Central still, however, will carry a 9-4 mark into 2008, having already surpassed last year’s eight-victory total.
The following is a recap of those Saturday night games at Huntingdon.
OC 68, Collinwood 51 (G)
The Lady Rebels took a double-figure advantage in the second quarter and never let that lead get below 10 points the rest of the way to win for the second time in the Huntingdon event.
It was 30-18 at the half and 46-32 after three periods before OC cruised in the final eight minutes, making 9-of-11 free throws to secure the victory.
Chassidy Fussell led a trio of Central players in double figures scoring-wise with a game-high 22 points.
Gentry Reedy bottomed five 3-pointers and ended up with 17 markers, while Jana Roney chipped in with 12.
Roney also contributed seven rebounds and five assists, while Bethany Butler hauled down seven caroms and Emily McGee passed out five assists.
Fussell was the victors’ team leader defensively with five steals.
Collinwood 67, OC 58 (B)
The Rebels’ shortcoming can be directly traced to the free throw line, where they made 13-of-21 (59 percent), while Collinwood was good on 22-of-30 (73 percent).
Central, which missed a number of easy shots around the basket, trailed by seven at the first-quarter horn but was within 27-24 at the half.
The county locals could never quite get over the hump, though, down 45-37 at the end of three.
Nick Gilliam was the lone Obion Central player to score in twin-digits, hitting for 19 points during the loss.
Both Cory Gibson and Silvanus Lee had nine and Brady Boucher scored eight.
OC will play twice this week, facing county cousin South Fulton on Saturday evening at the Devils’ Den after hosting Martin Westview the night before in district action.

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