Lady Rebels standing still at 5th in latest AP poll

Lady Rebels standing still at 5th in latest AP poll
A double-digit win over another state-ranked team and a blowout of a District 13AA bottom-feeder meant nothing to Obion Central’s standing in this week’s Associated Press girls’ prep basketball poll.
The Lady Rebels remained at No. 5 — part of a Top 7 that was unchanged — in the newest rankings Monday compiled by a statewide vote of writers and broadcasters.
OC, which avenged one of its three losses with a 62-52 victory over then-No. 8 Dyersburg last week and then hammered hapless Crockett County 66-27, failed to close the gap on the four teams it trailed in the first rankings of the year.
Unbeaten Elizabethton remained atop the Class 2A poll, having garnered 16 of 19 first-place votes. McMinn Central is still No. 2, followed by Cannon County, West Tennessee entry Liberty and then Obion Central.
The 10-point loss to the Lady Rebs cost Dyersburg just one spot in the ratings as the Trojan girls flip-flopped with Upperman and are now No. 9. Macon County (14-1) is the only newcomer to the Top 10, rounding out the rankings.
Central assured itself of at least 20 victories in a season for the ninth straight year and 34th time in the 49-year history of the program with its rout of Crockett County.
The Lady Rebels, who have a two-game lead in the district standings and are the only team without a league loss (9-0), play at Covington tonight in their only contest of the week.
In Class 1A, Lake County inexplicably fell out of a tie for the top spot, despite winning twice last week by more than 20 points and receiving more first-place ballots than anyone in this week’s voting.
The Lady Falcons (18-3), who’ve lost only to double-A entries Obion Central and Dyersburg, and Ballard Memorial (Ky.), are now third in the AP listing.
LC beat Trenton, 59-27, and Halls, 62-38, in its most recent two games.
Moore County (18-2), which shared the No. 1 spot with Lake County last week, now occupies that spot alone with Wayne County (16-1) moving up a position from third.
LC got seven first-place votes to five for MC and two for WC. Moore County totaled 150 points overall, however, to 143 for Wayne County and 142 for Lake County.
Unbeaten Scotts Hill (16-0) is fifth and Madison Academic of Jackson is now No. 10.
In the boys’ listing, Dyer County ascended to the top of the Class 3A rankings after Melrose fell from that position following a narrow loss to White Station last week.
The Choctaws’ No. 1 standing will likely be a short one, though, as White Station thrashed DC 74-53 Monday in Memphis at the FedEx Forum.
Westview (15-4) moved up a spot to No. 8 in Class 2A with fellow West Tennessee entry Chester County maintaining its No. 10 position.
The Chargers beat Calloway County Monday night in the Superman Classic in Metropolis, Ill.
Liberty (16-3) is still a solid No. 1 in double-A, with District 13AA-leading Covington (13-3) rising two spots to No. 3.
In Class 1A, Humboldt (13-2) remained hot on the heels of top-ranked Clarksville Academy. Unbeaten Middleton (15-0) received a first-place vote and is still third, while Lake County (11-8) — despite a pair of victories last week — fell three places to 10th.
A complete listing of this week’s poll can be found on page 7.
Sports editor Mike Hutchens can be contacted by e-mail at mhutch@ucmessenger.com.

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