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UC boys, Lady Rebs move up on AP ladder

UC boys, Lady Rebs move up on AP ladder
Both the Obion Central girls and Union City boys took a step in the right direction with the release of the second state prep basketball rankings of the season on Monday.
Make that two steps.
The Lady Rebels and Tornadoes each moved up a couple of spots — to fourth and eighth, respectively — in the latest Associated Press listings.
Both local entries have been especially impressive since the calendar turned to 2010.
The OC girls (17-3) have won five straight this month, all by double digits.
The UC boys (13-8) are on a four-game victory streak, also having won impressively by more than 10 points in each of those contests.
The Lady Rebels, who blew out three different opponents last week, still trail reigning state champion Gibson County in the Class 2A poll.
GC (17-0), which collected 18 of 20 first-place votes, has won 52 straight over a two-season span.
Westview (15-3) — the third member of rugged District 13AA to appear in the rankings for the second straight week — advanced one place to No. 7.
Obion Central will get a true test of its standing with games at Gibson County a week from tonight and at Westview three nights later.
On the boys’ side, surging Union City advanced two places in the Class 1A poll after routing Halls and Bradford in a pair of District 14A contests last week.
The Tornadoes leap-frogged fellow 14A foe Lake County (now ninth) and Mt. Pleasant in this week’s listings after the Falcons (14-8) were upset by Trenton and MP also lost.
Former No. 1 Humboldt (13-4) fell from that perch, despite winning big over Bradford and Greenfield last week as Clarksville Academy (19-1) took over the top spot.
The Vikings still got the most first place votes (12), but had seven fewer points than CA (181-174).
Middleton is now No. 3 after being fifth in the initial poll a week ago, while Adamsville and West Carroll are four and five after debuting at No. 2 and No. 6 last week.
Bolivar, which lost to 3A Jackson Northside last week, fell from the top spot in Class 2A to No. 2, while Dyer County dropped two places in Class 3A from seventh to ninth.
Next week’s Class 1A girls’ rankings are sure to change after fourth-ranked Greenfield surprised No. 1 Gleason 48-39 Monday night after the polls were already released.
Lake County remained seventh in the single-A ratings.
A complete listing of the AP basketball polls can be found on page 7.
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