Hillcrest ladies in hunt for 1st; Mustangs at top of OCSS pile

Hillcrest ladies in hunt for 1st; Mustangs at top of OCSS pile
The Hillcrest girls created what could be a logjam at the top of the Obion County School System’s standings on Thursday night.
The Lady Cougars downed Ridgemont 43-28 in girls’ action and — in the process — set up the possibility where they could end up in a three-way tie for first place with South Fulton and the Lady Mustangs.
That would happen if R’mont can defeat the Devilettes Monday evening.
However, if South Fulton defeats the Lady Mustangs Monday night and Hillcrest downs Black Oak on Tuesday, the Devilettes will finish first. In that scenario, H’crest would be second and Ridgemont third, according to information provided to The Messenger by area coaches.
Meanwhile, the boys’ game at Troy on Thursday cemented Ridgemont as the No. 1 seed for next week’s tournament — which is to start Thursday and be played at South Fulton. The Mustangs edged Hillcrest 44-39.
Lake Road is the second seed in the boys’ draw, while SF — the three-time defending OCSS champion — is third.
H’crest can tie BO for fourth place with a win on Tuesday evening.
Other OCSS action on Thursday had South Fulton splitting with Lake Road. The Devilettes won the evening’s opener via a 28-18 margin. The Generals prevailed 27-24 in the nightcap.
Finally, the Union City boys’ basketball team has claimed its first championship of the campaign. The Twister boys finished the regular season 15-0 and defeated Northview 51-37 on Thursday to earn the West Tennessee Athletic Conference’s North division crown. In the opener, the UC girls won 40-32.
The following is a roundup of Thursday’s games as reported to The Messenger.
H’crest-R’mont split
Ahead by just six points at halftime, the Lady Cougars (8-4) embarked on a 7-0 run to begin the third quarter and never looked back.
Rachel Jones had a Hillcrest-high 13 points, while Morgan Jones totaled nine tallies and brought down six rebounds. Additionally, Allye Payton was key for H’crest with eight points, while Karen Fluty added seven.
Ridgemont (7-8) had Landry Webster with 10 points and Stella Preuett with six.
Lady Mustang coach Lance Gray also lauded the defensive play of Samantha Davis and Keaton Cooper.
In the boys’ game, a pair of R’mont runs put the Cougars in a hole they were unable to dig out of.
The Mustangs (10-5) bested H’crest 9-0 after the game was tied at 2-all early in the first quarter, thus, forcing the visitors to play catch-up for all of the second quarter.
Then, Ridgemont outscored the Cougars (2-10) 12-7 in the third quarter to post a seven-point lead heading into the final canto.
R’mont’s Hayden Cary offered a game-high 18 points, while teammates Jacob Sisk and Kaleb Byars had 11 and nine points, respectively.
H’crest’s Bryce Warner finished with 17 points and eight rebounds. Cougar teammate Cain Aaron added nine.
Hillcrest plays at Black Oak on Tuesday. Ridgemont returns to action in the OCSS Tournament next week.
LR boys, SF girls win
Tyler Mosley had nine points, while Allen Russell offered seven markers and six rebounds for the victorious Generals (8-4) on Thursday night.
LR was ahead 8-1 after one quarter, 16-7 at halftime and 24-18 with three periods in the books.
South Fulton’s Cory Pinion had a team-best 12 points, while Aaron Hollingsworth had seven tallies and a like number of rebounds.
In the girls’ game, Sierra Coley totaled nine points and six steals for the Devilettes (14-1). Carmen Hutchins had seven tallies and seven steals.
Hannah Cavness finished with a double-double (15 points and 11 rebounds) for the Lady Generals, who finish the regular season at 4-8.
UC sweeps N’view
In the boys’ game on Thursday, Marcus Deberry drained four 3-pointers to account for a UC-best 12 points. Also, Malik Stockdale offered a double-double with 10 tallies and 11 rebounds. Donte Simpson equaled Stockdale’s points output.
The Twisters were ahead 38-8 at halftime.
Union City’s girls had Kealie Reaves with 13 points, six steals and four assists.
Meanwhile, Kristian Davis offered an evening that included eight markers, 11 boards and six steals for the Lady Twisters (7-8, 6-6 in WTAC play), while Essence Ware totaled seven points and Chelsea Williams brought down eight rebounds.

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