|OC girls persevere minus Roney |
Obion Central’s basketball teams found out more than they would have liked about themselves in a District 13AA twinbill split with Dyer County Tuesday evening.
Obion Central’s Chassidy Fussell attempts a shot over Dyer County’s Erica McAlister during the Lady Rebels’ win Tuesday evening in Troy.
For starters, the Lady Rebels — who entered the game ranked at No. 3 in the state in Class AA — lost 2007 Miss Basketball finalist Jana Roney to an ankle injury midway through the first quarter.
Despite that unfortunate turn of events, OC was able to pull itself together with a 63-52 triumph.
Meanwhile, in the boys’ tilt, the Rebels found out they could keep within striking distance of the third-ranked Choctaws for three quarters in a 100-73 defeat. The Rebels trailed by as few as 11 points during the fourth quarter before a slew of turnovers and fouls gave Dyer County the decisive victory.
In the girls’ game, Central seemed poised to run away with the game with an 11-4 advantage with just over four minutes to go in the opening frame.
Chassidy Fussell, who totaled a game-high 29 points in the win, accounted for three buckets during the game’s opening moments. Emily McGee swished a trifecta during the spurt before Roney’s injury.
Afer a basket and free throw by DC’s Jessica Jones, Roney was attempting to bring down an offensive rebound when her right ankle gave way with 3:43 remaining in the first.
With the game stopped, the star forward was helped off the court and onto the bench, where she remained for the rest of the game. A medical examination of Roney’s right ankle is scheduled for today.
OC 63, Dyer Co. 52 (G)
The fourth quarter began with Central clinging to a slim 41-38 advantage over the Lady Choctaws.
Aubrey Reedy tossed in a deuce with older sister Gentry sinking a 3-pointer to put OC up by eight 46-38 with 6:36 remaining in the final quarter.
Dyer County (13-7, 1-4 District 13AA) pulled to the closest it would get for the remainder of the game — within four 46-42 after a score each from Marquena Parchman and Erin McAlister.
The Lady Rebels (15-1, 3-1 in district) embarked on a game-tilting 8-2 run with Fussell tossing in a basket and a trio of freebies.
McGee ended the run with an exclamation point in the form of a trifecta to give Central a 54-42 lead with just over two minutes remaining.
Dyer Co. 100, OC 73 (B)
A total of 31 turnovers and three Rebels who fouled out contributed to the locals’ demise Tuesday night.
With the score 63-52 and three periods complete, “Central Station” was beginning to feel like “The Pit” of years past with the crowd getting behind the OC boys.
However, the Choctaws (18-1, 5-0) opened the final frame with a 6-2 spurt to inch further ahead and send OC into a downward spiral.
During the final frame, Cory Gibson, Brady Boucher and Brandon Smith each took an early exit with five fouls.
“Our foul trouble tonight showed a poor defensive effort on our part,” Rebel coach Bill Kail admitted. “A lot of the fouls we committed were non-productive.”
Nick Gilliam topped the scoring chart for Obion Central (11-5, 3-1) with 23 points.
Sports reporter Kenneth Coker can be contacted by e-mail at email@example.com.