|Lady Rebel result no shocker |
|Posted: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 4:50 pm |
It wasn’t exactly unexpected.
Obion Central’s Mackenzie Tucker puts up a shot during the Lady Rebels’ triumph on Tuesday night.
For the 42nd time in the 49-year history of the school and 10th straight season, the No. 3-ranked Obion Central girls are in the regional tournament.
The Lady Rebels punched their ticket to the upcoming Region 7AA tourney and gained a berth in the District 13AA Tournament semifinals with a 65-37 victory over Milan on Tuesday night in Troy.
Obion Central will play next on Thursday at Dyersburg against the host team at 8 p.m.
OC swept both of the 13AA regular-season games against the No. 7-ranked Lady Trojans. D’burg does own a triumph over OC, though, from a holiday event.
“This place has a proud tradition in girls’ basketball and I’m happy we’re going to play in regionals again,” Lady Rebel coach Lyle LaRue said. “That’s not our goal right now, though.
“Our task at hand here and now is to win the next game and the one after that, so we can have the best possible scenario in the regional tournament.”
On Tuesday, both the Lady Rebels (29-3) and Lady Bulldogs (5-18) were at least consistent through a sloppy and lackluster first half.
In both the first and second quarters, Obion Central scored 15 points, while Milan mustered just nine in each canto.
“I don’t know if it was the first game of the tournament jitters or what, but we didn’t press at all in the first half,” LaRue said. “That’s been our calling card all year and I look up and three girls are standing at halfcourt while Milan walks it down.
“Our halftime talk was about how we needed to apply pressure. We made a couple adjustments in terms of where to trap and rotating our defensive assignments. By and large, though, we just executed defensively in the third quarter.”
In said period, the Lady Rebels — who had missed all of their first eight 3-point attempts — got a long-range shot in the arm early on as Paige Hicks swished a pair of trifectas as part of a 10-2 run during the first three minutes.
Milan took a timeout in an attempt to break Obion Central’s momentum, but it was to no avail as the county locals finished the frame on a 12-2 spurt and with a commanding 52-22 advantage.
During the second scoring onslaught of the third quarter, the Lady Rebels’ offensive output was for the most part balanced.
Macy Wright had a bucket and a free throw as did Taylor Baker.
Additionally, Tamara Nettles and Mackenzie Tucker each bottomed a deuce, while Ali McEwen sank a pair of charity tosses.
Obion Central was up by as many as 31 points in the third quarter as 13AA’s top seed emptied its bench.
Brandi Goodman was the Lady Rebels’ offensive leader with 16 points — 14 in the first half — and 12 rebounds.
Wright also hit in twin figures with 12 tallies, while Hicks and McEwen each offered eight.
Tucker only scored six points, but had four steals and four assists.
D’burg 50, Covington 44
Lauren Evans busted a trifecta with 40 seconds left to break a 44-all tie and put the Lady Trojans up for good.
Kay K. Tate totaled 13 points, while Evans had 11 for Dyersburg.
Lady Trojan Jolyta Taylor was a point shy of double digits with nine tallies.
Covington’s Ke’suana Griggs and Iesha Carruthers totaled a dozen markers each.
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