|Lady Rebs knocked off perch by Milan |
|The Obion Central girls discovered first-hand that you can never rest on your laurels in rugged District 13AA. |
The No. 3-ranked Lady Rebels — just three days after knocking off top-ranked and league leading Gibson County — saw their 10-game winning streak snapped Friday night with a 57-56 loss to Milan.
Purdue-bound Chantelle Poston scored 19 points and helped the Lady Bulldogs avenge an earlier lopsided defeat and hand OC just its second loss in 19 games overall.
The Rebel girls are now 5-2 in district play and now 11/2 games behind 13AA leader Gibson County.
The Central boys, meanwhile, bounced back from a disappointing showing earlier in the week against Gibson County and completed a season sweep of Milan with a 58-55 triumph in the nightcap.
Brandon Smith scored 13 of his game-high 16 points in the fourth quarter to help the Rebels improve to 13-4 in all games and remain in second place in the district standings behind No. 2-rated Dyer County with a 5-2 league mark.
The Obion Central teams will take Tuesday off this week before playing both Friday and Saturday nights, Friday vs. Dyersburg when homecoming will be celebrated and then Saturday at Union City.
Milan 57, OC 56 (G)
Central held a nine-point (22-13) at the end of the first quarter and was still up 32-26 at halftime.
But the Lady Bulldogs gradually drew closer in the second half, tying things up 42-all at the end of three and then moving in front for good halfway through the final frame.
OC assistant coach Mack Pirtle said: “We really looked flat and stood around a lot. I didn’t think we played very good defenses either, especially in the second half.”
The Lady Rebels forced 10 first-half turnovers, but managed to coerce just three floor mistakes from Milan over the final two periods.
The lone piece of good news for the Lady Rebels was the return to the lineup of Jana Roney.
The Murray State-bound Roney, who had missed Central’s previous two games with an ankle injury, had 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists in extensive action Friday.
Chassidy Fussell had 14 points and eight rebounds for Obion Central, though just three of those markers came in the second half.
Gentry Reedy dropped in a trio of 3-pointers and ended up with 11 points in all for the county locals.
OC 58, Milan 55 (B)
An 18-9 surge in the second period after the Rebels had trailed 12-10 after one proved to be Central’s best stretch of the night.
Good defensive pressure and better shot selection were critical during that second stanza when OC went from two-down to up 28-21 at the break.
A lull in intensity by the Rebels in the third period allowed Milan to get within one with eight minutes left, but Central — with Smith scoring all but six of his team’s points down the stretch — made enough baskets and free throws to pull out the victory.
Nick Gilliam scored 13 points and Justin Owens had 11 — all in the first half — to join Smith in double digits scoring-wise for the victors.
Silvanus Lee had eight markers for OC.
David Vaughn led Milan (6-10, 1-7) with 15 points.