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OCSS champ Devils, Lady Eagles ousted

OCSS champ Devils, Lady Eagles ousted
Both Obion County School System middle school basketball champions are done after dual defeats at the TMSAA West Sectional.
The South Fulton boys were eliminated from postseason play on Wednesday evening after a 43-33 loss to host Lake County.
Meanwhile, the Black Oak girls were knocked from the tournament as they fell 49-29 to Lester of Memphis.
The Union City girls are now the only local team left in the West Sectional, which is the equivalent to a state tourney for middle schools.
The Lady Twisters (18-1) battle Lester (22-3) tonight at 7:30 in the event’s semifinals.
If UC wins, the locals would advance to Saturday’s title round.
The following is a roundup of Wednesday’s play as reported to The Messenger.
Lake Co. 43, SF 33 (B)
The previously-unbeaten Red Devils (21-1) played within a point of the Falcons (16-4) for the final three frames.
Unfortunately, Lake County bested SF 15-4 in the first quarter.
“It was a terrible night for us shooting,” Red Devil coach Jeremy McFarland said. “The offensive end is what killed us. A lot of our misses were in the paint and those are shots we usually take advantage of.”
All totaled, the Red Devils were 14-for-40 (0-for-8 from 3-point range) during the loss.
Jacoby Garmon was the top South Fulton performer during the defeat with 15 points, 12 rebounds and three assists.
Harrison Hawks also offered seven markers for the Redmen.
The game was the final for SF eighth-graders Hawks, Garmon, Kyle Watkins, Tymaine Strickland, Ryan Moore, KeShawn McManus, Clint Wells, Josh Hollowell and Skylar Britt.
Lester 49, BO 29 (G)
The Memphis were ahead 20-0 before Black Oak (18-2) finally got in a score during Wednesday’s contest.
From there, the Lady Eagles were able to cut the deficit to as few as eight points late in the third quarter, but Lester (23-3) was able to hold on.
“We made a lot of unforced turnovers,” Black Oak girls’ coach Mack Pirtle said. “We got back to within eight and I think they were getting a little tired, but so were we.
“It was a great season for us. We won just our third county championship ever and had our first ever undefeated regular season. I’m really proud of these girls.”
Dianna Flippen finished with a double-double for Black Oak (13 points and 15 rebounds.) Darcey Jones, playing a third consecutive game with a compound fracture in her left arm, had seven.
Pirtle also lauded Ashlynn Hamm for her ball-handling abilities in relief of Jones.
The game was the last for Jones, Hamm, Tristen Miller, Hannah Watkins and Breanna Bland in a Lady Eagle basketball jersey.

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