|OC stockpiles mojo in time for touney |
|Posted: Monday, February 14, 2011 5:05 pm |
|Momentum is on Obion Central’s side heading into the District 13AA Tournament. |
Both OC squads claimed triumphs in their regular-season finales on Saturday evening.
The No. 3-rated Lady Rebels knocked off fifth-ranked Dyersburg 76-58 in the night’s opener.
Meanwhile, the Central boys bested the Trojans by a 54-48 margin in the evening’s second game.
In other Saturday action, the Union City boys fell 59-52 at Charleston, Mo.
The Obion Central boys (11-16, 4-11 in 13AA action) battle Milan tonight at 8 in the 13AA Tournament play-in game at Dyersburg.
The Lady Rebels (28-3, 16-0 in 13AA play) return to action at home on Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the 13AA Tournament against the victor of tonight’s play-in contest between Crockett County and Milan.
The OC girls’ game on Tuesday will tip off at 8 p.m. Prior to Obion Central’s game, the No. 4 seeded Dyersburg and fifth seed Covington will do battle.
The Twister boys host South Fulton on Tuesday at 6:30 in the quarterfinals of the District 14A Tournament. The Union City Middle School boys’ basketball team, which claimed the West Sectional Small School Tournament championship on Saturday in Memphis, will be honored at halftime of that contest.
OC sweeps D’burg
Obion Central sophomore Billie Dee Preuett caught fire, swishing the nylons on eight occasions on 3-point offering and totaling 24 points in Saturday’s victory.
Classmate Brandi Goodman also hit in twin figures with 22, while senior Mackenzie Tucker added 10.
Paige Hicks was a bucket shy of double digits with eight, while Macy Wright totaled seven.
The Lady Rebels, who trailed 16-15 after a quarter, outscored D’burg 41-26 in the game’s middle two quarters.
“We shot a pretty good mix both inside and outside,” OC girls’ coach Lyle LaRue said. “Billie Dee spread them out and provided an outside threat the whole game.
“That opened up some opportunities inside.”
In the nightcap, Obion Central was up 35-21 heading into the final quarter and free throw efficiency finished off Dyersburg.
During the final frame, the Rebels hit 15-of-22 from the charity stripe as the Trojans tried to foul their way back into the game.
“They hit four 3’s in the fourth quarter, but we were able to keep our composure and knock some big free throws down,” OC boys’ coach Bill Kail said. “I thought we played well and took care of the ball.
“Eric (Torres) has come on and done a good job of handling the ball for us in the second half of the season. He did a good job again tonight.”
Jacob Wade, who was 11-of-12 from the free throw line, had an Obion Central-best 18 points, while Tanner Noles hit four trifectas and totaled 16. Wade also made five steals and took two charges. Torres added 14 and was 9-of-10 from the charity stripe.
D’burg senior Winn Decker, who played junior high basketball at Hillcrest and surpassed the 1,000-point plateau recently, had 17 markers for the Rebels.
Charleston 59, UC 52 (B)
The Twisters led 38-31, but calamity was just around the corner.
“The difference in the game is that we had 11 turnovers in 24 possessions in the second half,” Union City boys’ coach Shane Sisco said. “In the first half, we had just three turnovers out of 28 possessions.”
Charleston opened the third quarter on a 10-0 run and outscored the Twisters (13-16) by an 18-8 margin in the canto.
Altogether, 13 of the Bluejays’ 18 points in the third period came either off UC turnovers or due to an offensive rebound.
Antonio Cox, who hit six 3-pointers, poured in a Union City-best 30 points.
Russ Smith also offered a double-digit effort with 12 points, while Peyton Mosley totaled 10.