Central ladies, Tomcats finish what they started

Central ladies, Tomcats finish what they started
Start strong and finish a winner.
That was the simplest pattern to pick up on during Tuesday’s District 13AA twinbill between Obion Central and Haywood at Brownsville.
In the opener, the Lady Rebels bested H’wood 22-6 in the opening canto of a 79-61 triumph.
Meanwhile, the Tomcats more than doubled OC by a 30-14 margin in the first quarter of their 81-67 victory.
With the victory, the OC girls are now 17-3 (6-0 in 13AA).
The Rebel boys, who saw their four-game winning streak snapped, are 8-8 and 2-4, respectively.
Both Obion Central teams return to the hardwood at home Friday against Ripley.
OC 79, Haywood 61 (G)
Obion Central’s six games over the Christmas break possibly paid dividends in the early going on Tuesday.
The Lady Tomcats, who hadn’t hit the court for a game since Dec. 17, trailed 32-6 at one point in the first half.
“I feel like we caught them on a good time schedule-wise because they haven’t played in a while,” OC girls’ coach Lyle LaRue said. “They committed several early turnovers and that might have been due in part to their layoff.”
Mackenzie Tucker topped the Lady Rebels’ scorebook with 24 points, while Brandi Goodman offered a double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds.
“We had a big size advantage and our guards did a good job of getting the basketball inside,” LaRue said.
Obion Central junior guard Macy Wright also had a noteworthy outing with 12 tallies and six steals.
The Lady Rebels were up 38-21 at halftime and 60-40 with three periods complete.
Haywood barely outscored OC (21-19) in the fourth and final quarter of play.
Haywood 81, OC 67 (B)
Tomcat Jarvis Johnson caught fire in the first quarter, scoring 14 of his 19 total points and hitting four 3-pointers in the process as the host team led by 16 after eight minutes of action.
Though down, the Rebels didn’t tap out as the county locals actually outscored H’wood 53-51 when the totals from the second, third and fourth quarters were tallied together.
“We can’t get down like we did against a quality opponent and expect to win,” OC boys’ coach Bill Kail said. “That’s been our weakness against some of the better teams we’ve played. It’s what we did against both Covington and Westview, too.
“We get down after a quarter and have to play catch-up the rest of the way.”
Jacob Wade finished with an Obion Central-best 18 points (14 in the second half), while Tanner Noles bottomed five trifectas and ended the game with 15 markers.
Jaquis Williams also hit in twin figures with 10 markers for the Rebels, while LaDevin Fair was a point shy of double digits with nine and Bryan Morris was a bucket short with eight.
“I don’t know if I’m not giving the right pep top before the game or what the problem is,” Kail said. “I believe we have the talent to compete with most anybody.
“Doing that for four quarters has been our problem.”

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