Lady Rebels pass GC test due to much ‘extra’ work

Lady Rebels pass GC test due to much ‘extra’ work
Lady Rebels pass GC test due to much ‘extra’ work

Obion Central’s Macy Wright looks for a way around Gibson County’s Tory Reedy during Monday’s action in Troy.
The Obion Central girls had to do extra credit to pass their make-up test on Monday evening.
The No. 4 Lady Rebels needed not one, but two overtimes to dispose of two-time defending Class 2A state champion Gibson County via a 63-61 margin.
The game, which was played Monday, was originally scheduled for last week, but postponed due to inclement weather.
For the evening, Central was one-dimensional in its offense as was GC. The Lady Rebels totaled 26 2-point baskets with most of their deuces falling in from 10 feet out or less.
Meanwhile, the Lady Pioneers bottomed a dozen 3-pointers in their bid to upset the District 13AA leading Lady Rebels.
In the nightcap, Gibson County salvaged a doubleheader split as it handed OC a 47-40 defeat.
Obion Central has a busy week ahead with three more games for both of its teams.
OC returns to action tonight at Milan. The Rebel teams also play Friday and Saturday at home.
On Friday evening, Central hosts Haywood. The Lady Rebels play Liberty in Troy on Saturday, while their male counterparts battle Hickman County in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
OC 63, GC 61 (G, 2OT)
Lady Rebel sophomore Paige Hicks intercepted a Gibson County pass near midcourt and drove in for a lay-up with just over 30 seconds remaining in overtime No. 2 to account for the difference in Monday night’s opener.
Hicks’ heroic final bucket came about 30 seconds after 5-foot-3 Tristin Terry tied the game for the 13th and final time — at 61-all — with an improbable stickback of a missed Ali McEwen free throw.
“Tonight, we didn’t execute the X’s and O’s of our defense at all,” Central girls’ coach Lyle LaRue said. “All in all, our defense was horrid. We gave them too many open 3’s and when we tried to extend our defense and stop those shots, they were able to get penetration to the basket.”
Obion Central (23-3, 12-0) was behind by a small margin for much of the first half, but the county locals held a slim 33-31 advantage at halftime.
Hicks gave a sign of things to come with a deuce that she dropped in with five ticks remaining in the first half.
Late in the third quarter, the Lady Rebels were ahead of Gibson County (14-9, 8-5) by as many as six points, but a clutch 3 by Courtney Haynes just before the buzzer got the visitors to within three tallies.
The fourth quarter was a see-saw battle with a grand total of four lead changes. The contest was also tied on a like number of occasions in the period.
With time winding down and the game knotted up at 58-all, GC had an opportunity to get the last shot, but a five-second inbounds violation gave the ball to Central with just under three seconds remaining.
OC was unsuccessful in its attempt to score before the end of the fourth period, as were both teams on all of their shots in the first overtime.
Brandi Goodman led the Lady Rebels in the scoring department with 19 points, while Macy Wright offered 14, Hicks finished with 11 and Mackenzie Tucker came through with 10.
Goodman also had a handful of perfectly-timed blocks, swatting away GC shots in a few 2-on-1 situations in the paint.
Gibson County’s Haynes totaled a game-high 23, while Khadijah Alexander totaled 14. Tory Reedy, who played her middle school basketball at Hillcrest, had nine tallies.
GC 47, OC 40 (B)
Rebel head coach Bill Kail had no idea as to the whereabouts of the team of county locals that took state-ranked Westview to the limit on Friday after Monday’s game.
“This wasn’t the same team I saw on Friday,” Kail said after his charges shot an anemic 12-for-47 (4-for-17 from 3-point range). “The intensity I saw on Friday wasn’t there.”  
Gibson County (6-15, 4-9 in 13AA) was ahead 9-3 early in the first quarter and the visiting team consistently stayed ahead by at least five points for much of Monday evening’s game.
At one point in the fourth quarter, GC stretched its lead over the Rebels (8-14, 2-10) to a dozen markers.
However, Central did at least battle back from that deficit, pulling to within four points after a Tanner Noles trifecta. Yet, it was as close as OC could get.
Jacob Wade was the Rebels’ top performer with 17 points and eight rebounds.
Noles finished a point shy of twin figures with nine tallies, while LaDevin Fair added seven.
Kail started a lineup similar to that of what he used in the Westview game with Drake Richards, LaPrince Gauldin, Mike Klien, Christian Higgins and Wade as his first five against GC.
Sports reporter Kenneth Coker can be contacted by e-mail at kcoker@ucmessenger.com.

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