Remember When? Rives claims OCSS girls’ title with Hunt’s parting shot

Remember When? Rives claims OCSS girls’ title with Hunt’s parting shot
Remember when takes a look back at the local stories from the files of The Messenger that took place 1, 5, 10, 20 and 30 years ago.
30 Years Ago
Jan. 28 — Obion Central swept Westview on the high school hardwood. The Lady Rebels edged W’view 42-39 in the evening’s opener. In the nightcap, OC prevailed 65-61. Dayna Johnson had a team-best 11 points for the Lady Rebels, while Diane Jordan added 10 tallies. The Central boys had Jeff Clark pouring in 27 points, while Jeff Jones accounted for 12. Both Rick Matheny and Fred Lindsay totaled 11 for the Rebels.
Jan. 31 — Union City celebrated basketball homecoming in style. The Twisters edged the Trenton boys 61-58 to cap a doubleheader sweep at home. The UC girls won the opener by a 49-42 count. In the nightcap, Ronald Ward paced Union City with 18 points, while Tony Brown and Rodney Alexander added 16 and 10 points, respectively. Keith Amos also sank a pair of key free throws with two seconds remaining for the Twisters. The Union City girls had Katha Barbee and Debbie Christian as their queens on the court with each accounting for 16.
20 Years Ago
Jan. 28 — Matt Barnett sank the eventual game-deciding shot — the second of a pair of free throws — with 1:17 remaining as Obion Central survived to hold off a late rally to edge Graves County 68-67 in the championship game at the Superman Classic in Metropolis, Ill. All totaled, Barnett poured in 23 ponts, while Denver Whitby had 22 for the Rebels and Shane Depriest added 13 during the triumph.
Jan. 28 — Though the doors to the school had been closed a week earlier in favor of the recently-completed Ridgemont, the Rives girls gave their institution a great parting shot. The Lady Panthers won the Obion County School System Tournament with a thrilling 33-32 triumph over Hillcrest. Tina Hunt sank the game-winning free throw with 10 seconds left. Hunt had a game-high 18 points, while Cortney Neeley added seven for the victors. The Lady Cougars, under the direction of first-year head coach Lisa Pituch, were led by the duo of Michelle Barnett (12 points) and Brigitte Long (10 markers).
10 Years Ago
Jan. 30 — The Obion County School System honored its standout girls’ basketball players after the completion of the league’s postseason tournament. Those selected to the team’s glitter unit were Brandi Alexander, Kendra Boykin, Maddie Carrington, Shelby Cawthon, Whitney Ray, Brooke Harris, Sara Konkol, Brooke Parker, Kellie Quick, Mollie DuRall, Abby Reedy, Jenna Roney, Kirby Smith and Kelly Whitson.
Jan. 31 — Trey Pearson got hot and Gleason got routed. The South Fulton standout poured in 34 points as his team muzzled the Bulldogs 101-58 in regular-season District 15A play. SF’s Chris Jennings also added 22, Michael Waycaster totaled 15 and Justin Taylor offered 14. In the opener, Gleason won by a 58-43 count. Lora Bryant paced the Devilettes with 18 points, while Kodie McClanahan added 10. The Lady Bulldogs had Callie Trevathan with a team-best 15 markers.
5 Years Ago
Jan. 31 — Winners from the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Shooting competition were announced. On the boys’ side, Wade Victory, Eric Lee Moore, Colton Woodward, Winn Decker and Brady Boucher each won in their respective age divisions. Girls’ winners were Madilyn Hamilton, Olivia Turner, Kris Storey and Brandi Davis.
Feb. 2 — A pair of Union City High School football standouts signed to continue their gridiron careers at the college level. Defensive end Parks Barker inked papers to play at Rhodes College, while wide receiver/kicker John Graham committed to Bethel College. Both players were integral parts of UC’s run to the single-A state championship game.
1 Year Ago
Jan. 29 — The season came to a halt for the Lake Road boys. The Generals lost 42-22 to Trenton in the Area 5 Tournament. Dylan Caudle and John Garrett had eight points each for LR during the defeat. The Generals were behind 21-9 at intermission.
Feb. 2 — Union City High School alum LaBrica Ward was honored as the Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Week. Ward had 23 points on 8-of-9 shooting in the Skyhawk ladies’ triumph over Murray State. During that victory, Ward was also a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc and 4-of-5 from the free throw line. Also, UTM’s Darnisha Lyles was named the league’s Newcomer of the Week for her efforts in the previous seven days. Lyles averaged 11 points and 8.5 rebounds per game during the week.

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