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LR girls not upset by shuffle

LR girls not upset by shuffle
LR girls not upset by shuffle

Lake Road’s McKenna Stephenson drives in during the Lady Generals’ win on Saturday.
The Lake Road girls shuffled the deck of the Obion County School System Tournament on Saturday.
The Lady Generals, who entered the tourney as the No. 3 seed, upset second-rated Hillcrest 46-33 in the semifinals to earn a ticket to tonight’s championship round.
LR had lost both of the regular-season meetings between the two schools.
Meanwhile, the unbeaten South Fulton boys and perfect Black Oak girls both earned an opportunity to run the OCSS table by gaining a berth into tonight’s championship round on Saturday.
The 17-0 Red Devils walloped Hillcrest 47-13. The Lady Eagles, now 14-0, bested South Fulton 33-19.
In other Saturday action, Lake Road also advanced on the boys’ side, downing Ridgemont 42-34.
The championship round of the OCSS Tournament is this evening with Black Oak and the Lady Generals scheduled to tip off at 6.
The boys’ championship game pitting two-time defending champion South Fulton against LR will follow.
GIRLS
Lake Road 46, H’crest 33
The Lady Generals were on fire from beyond the arc, hitting a total of nine threes during Saturday’s triumph.
McKenna Stephenson, who finished with a game-high 19 points, accounted for five Lake Road trifectas, while Magen Gargus knocked down a trio of treys to account for all of her nine markers.
Nicole Storey, who also offered a nine-point effort and dished out seven assists, swished one 3-point basket.
The Lady Generals (5-8) trailed briefly in the first quarter, but a hot streak to close the period that included two of Stephenson’s trifectas and one of Gargus’ 3-pointers helped the underdogs to a 16-10 advantage.
LR never trailed again, besting Hillcrest 14-8 in the second quarter to enjoy a 30-18 cushion at intermission.
Aside from the Lake Road sharpshooters, Carly Whipple provided help inside with seven points and nine rebounds.
The Lady Cougars (9-5) had Ashlyn Runions with eight and Samantha Wallace with seven.
H’crest next plays in the Area 5 Tournament this Saturday at 1:30 against Lake Road. The area tournament is being held at Martin.
Black Oak 33, SF 19
It wasn’t pretty, but it’ll do for the Lady Eagles.
Black Oak struggled mightily during the first half, hitting just 3-of-21 shots and 4-of-19 free throws, but outscored South Fulton 23-10 in the second half to move on and keep its perfect worksheet intact.
Darcey Jones was the high-point lady for Black Oak with 14 markers and three assists.
BO seventh-grader Dianna Flippen added 11 points and eight rebounds, while Hannah Watkins brought down a dozen rebounds.
The Devilettes (5-12) were paced by Sierra Coley’s six-point evening.
South Fulton started with a 6-0 advantage with 1:47 to go in the first quarter as Black Oak missed its first seven shots and first six charity tosses.
The Lady Eagles, who were down 6-3 after one period, fought back in the second to claim a 10-9 lead at the break.
The SF girls play Black Oak Thursday night at 7:45 in the first round of the Area 5 Tournament.
BOYS
Lake Road 42, R’mont 34
The Generals took the lead once and for all late in the third quarter with a 6-0 run to close the period after being in a see-saw battle through the first 17 minutes.
All totaled, the lead changed on 11 occasions through the first three periods.
The game was tied at 7-all after one quarter and LR held a slim 15-14 lead at halftime.
The Generals (6-7) were up 27-23 with one period to go.
Dylan Caudle totaled a game-high 15 points for Lake Road, while Blake Berner compiled a stat sheet that read of nine markers, eight rebounds and three steals.
John Garrett also contributed greatly to the General cause with eight points, five rebounds and three steals.
The Mustangs (5-8) were paced by Caleb Walker’s 14-point evening.
Ridgemont plays Paris Inman this Saturday at 12:15 p.m. in the Area 5 Tournament.
SF 47, H’crest 13
South Fulton coasted in Saturday’s semifinal, thanks in large part to a 21-2 besting of the Cougars in the second stanza.
SF held only a 13-6 lead with one quarter complete.
Kyle Watkins and Clint Wells shared the top spot in the Red Devil scorebook with nine points apiece, while Tymaine Strickland came through with eight markers.
Jacoby Garmon added seven points for South Fulton.
Harrison Hawks was pesky with a SF-best six steals.
Hillcrest had Camden Napper with four points.
The Cougars (6-9) battle Martin this Saturday afternoon at 2:45 in the Area 5 Tournament.
Sports reporter Kenneth Coker can be contacted by e-mail at kcoker@ucmessenger.com.

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