Rebel defeat starts dance with sad song

Rebel defeat starts dance with sad song
The homecoming dance at Obion Central began on a sour note.
After the third-ranked Lady Rebels held up their half of the deal with 45-27 over Dyersburg Friday night, the Trojans spoiled what would’ve been a perfect scenario and an OC sweep with a 65-56 verdict in the boys’ game.
The District 13AA split had league implications for both Central teams. The Rebel girls (18-2, 6-2) remained firmly entrenched in second place behind second-ranked Gibson County, while the OC boys (13-7, 5-3) fell to third, trailing No. 2-ranked Dyer County and now Dyersburg (13-9, 6-2).
Central’s ladies scored the first nine points of Friday’s opener, then ran off a stretch of 17 unanswered markers over a six-minute first-half stretch to build a comfortable lead and then cruise past the Lady Trojans (13-7, 3-5).
In the nightcap, a critical 80-second span with less than three minutes to play when D’burg put up eight straight points to break a 50-all deadlock decided the winner and loser.
The following is a recap of both games.
OC 45, Dyersburg 27 (G)
A 3-pointer by Emily McGee and Aubrey Reedy’s bucket capped Central’s quick start in the first 21/2 minutes of the opener.
The Lady Rebels then went over five minutes without a point before Jana Roney’s old-fashioned 3-point play with 15 seconds left in the opening frame started a run of 17 consecutive OC markers.
McGee, who scored all nine of her points before halftime, tallied three times during Obion Central’s telling flurry.
Gentry Reedy’s 3-pointer capped the onslaught and put the county locals’ up 26-6 with 2:35 left before the intermission break.
OC remained comfortably in front the rest of the way with Reedy’s 3-pointer with just over two minutes left officially signaling the end for the Lady Trojans, who shot just 26 percent (8-of-31) from the field and committed 24 turnovers.
Roney led a balanced Central scoring sheet with 11 points, while both McGee and Chassidy Fussell were a point away from double figures with nine markers.
Dyersburg 65, OC 56 (B)
Tied at 50, the Trojans converted an offensive rebound off a missed free throw into a stickback bucket and turned two Central turnovers into points to take an eight-point lead with 1:18 left.
D’burg then made 5-of-8 free throws and punctuated its victory with a two-hand dunk by Victor McLin.
The two teams went at it on near-even terms for much of the night, neither leading by more than seven points.
Down 29-24 at the half, OC got within one in the third period after back-to-back Matt Harner buckets and still was within a deuce at the quarter’s end after a steal and layup by Brandon Smith.
Central then scored seven of the fourth stanza’s first eight points to take its biggest lead at 44-40 after Nick Gilliam’s follow shot with 6:35 remaining.
The Trojans battled back to tie, though, and there were three lead changes and another deadlock — the last at 50-all on Brady Boucher’s stickback with 2:48 to go — before Dyersburg’s deciding aforementioned spurt.
Gilliam was the lone Rebel player in double figures with 19 points.
Sports editor Mike Hutchens can be contacted by e-mail at mhutch@ucmessenger.com.

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