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Central chipper in routs of SF

Central chipper in routs of SF
Central chipper in routs of SF

Obion Central senior Brady Boucher eyes the rim with South Fulton’s Drew Greer defending during the Rebels’ victory on Saturday evening.
The Obion Central boys had a chip on their shoulder coming into Saturday’s intra-county meeting with South Fulton.
A night earlier, the Rebels had fallen behind early before mounting a comeback in an eventual 69-65 loss at Hoop Fest against Marshall County.
On Saturday, try as they may, SF — which matched its win total for the past two seasons (two) with a 65-55 triumph over Dresden on Friday — was unable to knock that chip from their county cousin’s shoulder as Obion Central coasted to a 78-44 triumph.
Meanwhile, in the girls’ game, the Lady Rebels drubbed South Fulton, now losers of four straight since a win in its season opener, 73-34.
The Devilettes also fell on Friday when they were shellacked by Dresden 54-28.
SF returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts Union City for a District 14A twinbill. The Lady Rebels host Liberty tonight with the boys returning to action on Friday against Gibson County.
OC 78, So. Fulton 44 (B)
George Garmon put in the first bucket of the evening to give the Red Devils (2-3) their only lead of the night.
From there, Obion Central (6-2) bettered SF 21-4 for the remainder of the first period to lead comfortably 21-6 after a quarter.
On SF bench, mentor Keith Frazier was visibly disappointed with his team’s effort.
“We didn’t come to play,” Frazier said after the defeat. “Apparently, we can’t handle success. I’m really proud with how we played on Friday against Dresden. We played hard and shot the ball well, but between last night and tonight (Saturday), we look like two different teams.
“I’m happy with the district win, but I apologize to anyone who played $5 to see us play tonight (Saturday).”
Nick Gilliam was the leading scorer for the victorious Rebels as he totaled 14 points, while Brandon Smith and Brady Boucher each tacked on 10.
South Fulton was paced by Garmon, who got the host crowd on its feet after a rim-rattling dunk in the fourth quarter, with a game-high 17 points.
OC 73, So. Fulton 34 (G)
The girls’ game was competitive, if only for a few moments.
The Lady Rebels (6-1), coming off their first loss of the season on Thursday at Marshall County, began the game on an 8-0 run.
Kacee Eaves, Chassidy Fussell and Olivia Grady each put in a basket during that span, while Mackenzie Tucker swished a pair of free throws.
The Devilettes (1-4) showed some life as Brooke Kane put together an old-fashioned 3-point play and she added an additional bucket to pull the host within three points.
The Lady Rebels did suffer a scare during the first half, though, as starting forward Mariah Adkins went down with a knee injury that kept her out for the remainder of the game.
Luckily for OC, it appears that Adkins, who had her anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee repaired earlier this year, only popped scar tissue in the area, according to a team trainer.
On the court, Fussell was the top contributor with 24 markers, while Macy Wright pitched in 18 and Mackenzie Tucker accumulated 13.
For the Devilettes, Kane topped the scoring summary with a dozen points, with Maeghan Eaves also reaching double digits (10).
FRIDAY
Marshall Co. 69, OC 65 (B)
The Rebels trailed 18-12 after one and 38-26 at intermission before they mounted a comeback that fell just short.
During the second half, the county locals bettered their Kentucky opposition 39-31.
Smith was the leading scorer with 16 points, while Gilliam (14) and Jacob Mobbs (12) each reached double digits.
So. Fulton 65, Dresden 55 (B)
Jonathan Avent and Garmon each slammed home dunks during the Red Devils’ District 14A victory on Friday evening.
SF improved to 1-2 in league play thanks in large part to the aforementioned Avent, who poured in 28 points.
Jacob Wade pitched in 13 markers, while Garmon totaled a dozen.
The Red Devils led 32-27 at halftime and 44-36 with three quarters complete. The game was tied at 16-all after one period.
Dresden 54, So. Fulton 28 (G)
Danesia Pettigrew pitched in eight and both Eaves and Kane offered a half-dozen as SF was held to under 30 points for the second consecutive outing.
The Devilettes trailed 18-5 after one quarter and Dresden led 28-18 at halftime.
The first basket of the second half turned out to be the winning shot for the Lady Lions.
Sports reporter Kenneth Coker can be contacted by e-mail at kcoker@ucmessenger.com.

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