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Messenger Sports Briefs for December 23

Messenger Sports Briefs for December 23

Lady Rebs felled
in finale at Ballard

Obion Central felt the agony of defeat for the first time in over a month-and-a-half on Wednesday night.
The Lady Rebels had their 14-game winning streak broken in a 72-67 defeat to Dyersburg at Ballard Memorial’s Lady Bomber Shootout.
OC center Brandi Goodman poured in 30 points during the defeat, while Macy Wright offered 15 and Mackenzie Tucker totaled 11.
“We came out sluggish and got down by as many as 15, but fought back to get up,” Lady Rebel coach Lyle LaRue said of his team’s defeat to the Lady Trojans (12-1). “We took a six-point lead in the third, but watched Dyersburg get to the bonus early in the second half and shoot 28 free throws in the last 12 minutes of the game.
“It was weird playing a district foe in a game that doesn’t matter as much as it the next two (times they meet) will.”
Obion Central (14-2) returns to action in the Dyersburg Regional Hospital Christmas Tournament against Gosnell (Ark.) at 4 on Tuesday.

Racer wideout Harris
on All-America team

Murray State wide receiver Marcus Harris is one of two Racer players named to the 2010 Sports Network Football Championship Subdivision All-America Team.
Harris, a second-team selection, put together one of the finest single-season performances in MSU history as he hauled in 84 passes for 1,057 yards and nine touchdowns.
Harris is joined on the All-America team by his teammate Dontrell Johnson — a punt returner selected to the third team. Johnson averaged 22.8 yards per punt return and took two boots back to paydirt.

Vol ladies catch fire
in 2nd half of blowout

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee coach Pat Summitt thinks the Lady Vols got a good reminder that all opponents, ranked or otherwise, need to be respected.
Three days after playing passionately in an overtime win against then-No. 3 Stanford, the fifth-ranked Lady Vols came out flat against  East Tennessee State. They turned up the heat in the second half and pulled away for a 102-53 rout on Wednesday night.
Taber Spani got a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Kelley Cain joined her with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Glory Johnson added 15 points, and Meighan Simmons had 13, extending the number of games she’s scored in double figures to 13.

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