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No sweat for OC in sweep of Cavs

No sweat for OC in sweep of Cavs
No sweat for OC in sweep of Cavs

Obion Central’s Nick Gilliam drives in for a layup during his team’s victory over Crockett County Friday night.
The suspense over who Obion Central’s teams would face in the first round of the District 13AA Tournament lasted a lot longer than it did in the Rebels’ final games of the regular season.
After easily dispatching a pair of last-place Crockett County clubs Friday — 68-24 in the girls’ game and 56-37 in boys’ play — OC had to wait until Saturday morning for its respective postseason brackets to be finalized.
Turns out, it was worth that wait.
Both Rebel clubs won coin-flips Saturday morning, bettering their tournament standings heading into the 13AA event that is scheduled to begin at Milan tonight.
The No. 1-ranked Central girls won the tie-breaker with third-ranked Gibson County for the top seed and the automatic bye into the regional tournament that goes with such perk in the seven-team district. OC (23-2) will face the winner of the Westview-Dyersburg game, Thursday at 6 p.m. in the first of two semifinal games in its first tournament appearance.
On the boys’ side, the Rebels were the beneficiaries of chance, too, when they locked up the third seed via a flip. Central (15-10) will face the host school, Milan (10-15), in a quarterfinal matchup Wednesday night at 7:30 with a spot in the tourney semifinals and a berth in the regionals at stake.
A complete bracket can be found on page 11.
Nine OCCHS seniors went out in style in their final regular season home games Friday as the Rebels handled CC with little trouble.
The occasion was made extra special when Gentry Reedy made the last of her five 3-pointers midway through the second quarter of the girls’ contest to mark the 1,000th point of her career.
The following is a wrapup of both games.
Central 68, CC 24 (G)
The second of four basketball-playing daughters of Chuck and Maria Reedy was truly in a zone in reaching her personal milestone.
Gentry — who has made 82 3-pointers this season — canned four of her five triples during a 4:15 span in the second frame. Almost immediately thereafter, she was taken from the game amid a huge ovation and received a ball commemorating the occasion after the contest.
The second-biggest applause of the night came halfway through the fourth quarter when Darcy Kirk — one of five Lady Rebel seniors who has remained loyal throughout her career despite limited playing time — made her only field goal via a shot from the paint.
The rest of the contest was essentially academic as Central had runs of 14 straight and 28 points in a row during a first half that ended 44-8.
The clock ran continuously via the 35-point mercy rule in the fourth quarter.
Reedy’s 15 markers led all OC point-makers, and 11 of the 12 players to suit up scored.
Central 56, CC 37 (B)
Though somewhat flat after a huge victory over Dyersburg the night before, the Rebels still were considerably better than head coach Bill Kail’s alma mater.
A run of 12 unanswered points over the last 4 1/2 minutes of the opening quarter that included 3-pointers by Justin Owens and Cory Gibson and an old-fashioned 3-point play by Nick Gilliam put OC in front 14-3.
After a stretch of mostly sloppy play in the second stanza that included a four-minute scoring drought, the Rebs flurried in the final 90 seconds of the half to stretch a lead that had dwindled to four points to 25-16 at the intermission after Gibson’s follow shot just before the buzzer.
Brady Boucher made his presence felt inside with seven of his 13 points in the third frame and capped a 10-0 run to open the second half with a stickback that padded Central’s cushion to 35-16 with the quarter half gone.
Crockett County got no closer than 13 the rest of the way.
Gilliam, who was honored for joining the 1,000-point club a night earlier before the contest, ended with a game-high 15 points. Gibson gave OC a third player in double figures with 12.
Sports editor Mike Hutchens can be contacted by e-mail at mhutch@ucmessenger.com.

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