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Holiday triumphs stuff Rebs

Holiday triumphs stuff Rebs
Holiday triumphs stuff Rebs

Obion Central’s Brady Boucher eyes the rim during the Rebels’ win on Saturday.
Obion Central stuffed its face with victories during a pair of Thanksgiving basketball events.
For starters, the Rebels made the short trip to Martin and Westview High School, where they drubbed Halls 71-35 on Saturday and shellacked Greenfield 65-33 on Friday.
Meanwhile, the OC girls won a pair at the Columbia Thanksgiving Classic, thanks in large part to Chassidy Fussell.
Fussell poured in 39 points during her team’s 85-66 bettering of Covington on Friday and she then totaled 31 in a 73-66 bettering of Red Bank on Saturday.
Both Obion Central teams will have most of the week off before they return to action in the Marshall County Hoops Fest.
The Lady Rebels will play first in the Kentucky event against the host Lady Marshalls on Thursday, with the boys taking to the court on Friday.
1A teams no match for OC
Obion Central (5-1) turned on the defensive pressure and Halls couldn’t handle the heat on Saturday.
“As long as we’re playing hard on defense, good things are going to happen for us offensively,” Rebels’ mentor Bill Kail said following his team’s Saturday win over Halls. “When we force turnovers, it leaves easy shots open on the other end whether it be a lay-up or a quick kick-out for a 3.”
After leading 26-16 at halftime, OC found another gear in the third. The Rebels opened that quarter with a 14-5 bettering that determined the ultimate fate of Halls (1-3).
During that run, Nick Gilliam pitched in seven of his team-high 14 markers and Tanner Noles also accounted for a trifecta for the Rebels.
Otherwise, Brandon King and Brady Boucher each added one bucket during the deciding spurt.
In the fourth quarter, Central cycled in many of its younger players as the county locals extended their advantage to 38 points with 2:21 remaining in the game.
Jacob Mobbs and Noles both scored 11 points for OC, while Tyler Barber also reached double digits with 10.
On Friday, Brandon Smith scored eight of his 10 total points during the first quarter to kick-start the Rebels’ victory.
Noles was the leading contributor in that rout as he pitched in a dozen — eight of those coming in the fourth quarter.
Meanwhile, Barber, Gilliam and Brady York each offered seven for OC, which led 15-8 after one, 28-18 at halftime and 46-26 with a period remaining.
Lady Rebs roll on road
Fussell was on fire at Columbia.
All totaled, the junior guard/forward put in 26-of-33 shots during the weekend.
She was also a force on the glass as she brought down 17 rebounds against Covington and nine caroms vs. Red Bank.
Aside from Fussell, Kacee Eaves, Mackenzie Tucker and Macy Wright were all key in the Lady Rebels’ twin triumphs at Columbia.
For starters, Eaves — a senior guard — pitched in a dozen against Covington and she accounted for 11 during the win over Red Bank.
Also, in both wins Tucker totaled a dozen markers for the 5-0 Central girls.
Finally, Wright had nine points against Covington and 10 vs. Red Bank.
Sports reporter Kenneth Coker can be contacted by e-mail at kcoker

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