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Devilette climb has right timing; Cougars coast past Black Oak

Devilette climb has right timing; Cougars coast past Black Oak
Devilette climb has right timing; Cougars coast past Black Oak

South Fulton’s Kristen Crocker (right) tries to get past Ridgemont’s Jessica Hobbs during Thursday’s action at the OCSS Tournament.
The South Fulton girls are peaking at the right time.
The Devilettes continued to enjoy their new-found momentum after a 29-19 upset of defending champion Ridgemont in the opening round of the Obion County School System Tournament on Thursday in Troy.
With the triumph, SF has back-to-back wins against county opponents after losing its first seven league games.
The Devilettes defeated Lake Road last Thursday in their final regular season game for their only OCSS win up to that point.
In the nightcap, all went according to the seeding as the No. 4 Hillcrest boys punched their ticket to the semifinals with a 44-15 victory over fifth-rated Black Oak.
The SF girls play top seed Black Oak at 6:30 on Saturday in the semifinals of the OCSS Tournament.
The H’crest boys play two-time defending champion South Fulton in the semis at 7:45 Saturday.
Other action on Saturday has girls’ No. 2 seed Hillcrest taking on third-rated Lake Road at 4 p.m.
LR’s boys, seeded second for the postseason tournament, battle No. 3 Ridgemont at 5:15.
The Ridgemont girls and Black Oak guys both return to action in the Area 5 Tournament, scheduled to begin next Thursday at Martin.
The Lady Mustangs play Martin on Jan. 30 at 11 a.m.
The BO boys battle South Fulton next Thursday at 6:30.
SF 29, Ridgemont 19 (G)
The Devilettes (5-11) began Thursday’s victory by blanking R’mont 6-0 in the first period.
Sydney Easterwood’s layup with nearly two minutes gone put South Fulton on the board and Carmen Hutchins accounted for the other two buckets in the opening quarter.
The Lady Mustangs (4-10) started the second quarter with a 5-0 spurt to pull to within a single point.
Peyton Daniel sank a deuce and hit a free throw for an old-fashioned 3-point play, while Macy McClure dropped in the other R’mont basket.
However, SF closed the quarter with a 10-4 surge to hold a 16-9 advantage at intermission.
The Devilettes widened the gap in the third period — outscoring Ridgemont 6-2 to hold a 22-11 lead with six minutes remaining.
Maddiekate Coffey topped the South Fulton scorebook with eight markers, while Sierra Coley and Easterwood each came through with six. Easterwood also pulled down 10 rebounds, while Coley had eight steals.
For the Lady Mustangs, Macy McClure led the way offensively with eight points and a like number of rebounds, while Stella Preuett was stuck on four with that number of points, rebounds and steals.
Hillcrest 44, BO 15 (B)
The Cougars (10-4) opened the game with a 20-1 run, limiting Black Oak to just a lone free throw in the first 10 1/2 minutes of the game.
During that run, Camden Napper had two baskets, while Chandler Fussell and Austin Riley both swished a trifecta.
The Eagles’ lone tally came by way of a Cameron Williams free throw.
Black Oak (0-14) did close the first half on its highest note with a 6-0 run to make the score 20-7 at halftime.
Shawn Terry had a pair of free throws and a bucket during the Eagles’ most successful offensive stretch, while David Jones added a deuce.
Whatever confidence BO built before halftime quickly evaporated at the start of the second quarter as H’crest bested its county foe 16-2 in the third quarter to clinch the victory.
Napper was the high-point man for the Cougars with eight points. Chandler Fussell had seven points for the victors, while Bryce Warner and Jeremy Underwood both offered five markers.
Williams was good for a third of Black Oak’s points with five during the defeat, while Terry brought down six rebounds.
Sports reporter Kenneth Coker can be contacted by e-mail at kcoker@ucmessenger.com.

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