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Messenger Sports Briefs for Dec. 14

Messenger Sports Briefs for Dec. 14

Central JV girls
take 2nd in Murray

The Obion Central girls placed second in a junior varsity basketball tournament over the weekend at Murray.
OC beat Ballard Memorial 55-30 and then Heath 52-42 to earn a spot in the championship game.
Against BM, Mackenzie Tucker led the way with 18 points and five steals, while Mariah Adkins added 14 points and Alex Rapp pitched in 11. In the victory over Heath, Tucker poured in a game-high 26 markers and Laurie Craddock finished with 12. Adkins contributed six rebounds, while Carmen Garcia came up with five steals.
The Lady Rebels were denied the tourney title when they were beaten in the finals by St. Mary’s, 48-39.
Tucker again was tops in the scoring department with 16 points, with Craddock hitting for 10.
Central cut a 13-point deficit to three in the fourth quarter, but could never complete the comeback.

UCMS girls’ B-team
out of WTAC event

The Union City Middle School girls’ B-team went 1-1 in the West Tennessee Athletic Conference Tournament on Saturday at Dyersburg.
The Lady Tornadoes edged Halls 23-20 in their first outing behind 10 points from Brandi Eaton.
UC was no match for Lake County in the second round however, beaten handily by Lake County 65-7.
Union City concludes its season with a 5-4 record.

Vols pounce on SC
in lopsided triumph

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — JaJuan Smith scored 15 points to lead Tennessee to a 80-56 win over South Carolina.
The Vols (14-1, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) are off to their best start in seven seasons.
Tennessee jumped out to an 11-0 lead and never trailed.
They didn’t put the Gamecocks (8-8, 0-2) away until the start of the second half.
Tennessee put the game away with a 23-5 run to build its lead to 66-40 with 11 minutes left.
Devan Downey led all scorers with 24 and Dominique Archie added 11 as South Carolina lost its third game in a row.

UK needs double OT
to finish off Vandy

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Freshman Patrick Patterson had 23 points and 12 rebounds to lift Kentucky 79-72 and knock Vanderbilt from the ranks of the undefeated.
Ramel Bradley added 20 points, and Joe Crawford had 17 for Kentucky (7-7, 1-0), which gave coach Billy Gillispie a win in his Southeastern Conference debut.
Shan Foster had 20 points for Vanderbilt (16-1, 1-1) including a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left in regulation that tied the game at 65. A.J. Ogilvy had 16 points and five rebounds to help the Commodores overcome a 16-point deficit.
Bradley’s jumper in the second overtime put Kentucky ahead 77-73, clinching the Wildcats’ first win over a ranked opponent this season.
Ogilvy’s putback with 1.8 seconds left in the first overtime tied it at 72.