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Lady Rebels stay put at No. 3; UC boys all alone

Lady Rebels stay put at No. 3; UC boys all alone
Obion Central’s one-point loss to Milan cost the Lady Rebels a spot in the District 13AA standings, but nothing in the Associated Press prep rankings.
OC (17-2) — which fell back behind league-leading Gibson County in 13AA following a 57-56 setback against the Lady Bulldugs Friday — remained at No. 3 in this week’s Class 2A listings and actually received a pair of first-place votes cast by member writers and broadcasters from across the state.
Central’s unchanged status among the state’s elite, despite the aforementioned loss at Milan this past Friday, likely stems from the Lady Rebels’ having knocked off then-No. 1 Gibson County a week ago tonight.
Obion Central’s 65-57 victory over GC avenged what was then the county locals’ only loss of the year.
The Lady Bulldogs, though, broke OC’s 10-game winning streak on Friday and got payback themselves for an earlier lopsided loss to Central.
Largely because of that win, Milan (13-4) moved back into the Top 10 at No. 10 after having dropped from among the high society last week. The Lady Bulldogs were the only newcomer to the 2A ratings this week.
Gibson County (17-2), which had its 13-game victory string ended by Obion Central last week, dropped just one spot to No. 2 and trails new No. 1, McMinn Central (18-2). The Lady Pioneers rebounded from their loss at Troy a week ago to beat Dyer County handily on Friday.
Only 11 total points separate the top three teams with seventh-ranked Jackson North Side (17-1) giving rural West Tennessee four of the 10 teams listed in this week’s poll.
In the boys’ rankings, Union City — the lone unbeaten public school in any classification — was a unanimous No. 1 in Class 1A for the second consecutive week.
The Tornadoes (21-0), who recorded two more blowout victories against outclassed District 14 foes Halls and South Fulton, respectively, last week, collected all 17 first-place votes cast by those writers and broadcasters who submitted ballots this week.
UC plays three times this week in its continued quest for perfection, tonight at Bradford, Friday at home for homecoming vs. Greenfield and Saturday night against county-rival Obion County Central.
The list of those chasing the Twisters in the state rankings also remained unchanged among the locals’ four closest challengers. Humboldt (16-2), Manassas (22-5), Lake County (21-3) and Nashville Christian (20-1) round out a Top 5 that is identical to last week’s.
With two weeks remaining in the regular season and prior to the beginning of district tournament play, showdowns pitting LC vs. Humboldt (Friday) and UC vs. Lake County (Feb. 5) will likely determine the seedings heading into the postseason.
A complete listing of this week’s polls can be found on page seven.
Sports editor Mike Hutchens can be contacted by e-mail at mhutch@ucmessenger.com.

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