Remember When? Christian, Hobbs twins punch UC girls’ regional ticket

Remember When? Christian, Hobbs twins punch UC girls’ regional ticket
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
Feb. 18 — The Obion Central basketball teams wrapped up the regular season with a sweep of Dyer County. The Lady Rebels improved their season mark to 26-2 after a 62-32 rout of DC. Meanwhile, the OC boys were taken to the limit, but  prevailed 85-83. In the opener, Diane Jordan paced Obion Central with 13 points, while Felicia Hogg added 12 and Dayna Johnson offered 11. Rebel Jeff Clark sank two free throws in the last thirty seconds to seal the win. Clark poured in 28 points for OC, while Fred Lindsay had 26 for the victors.
Feb. 20 — The Union City girls’ basketball team clinched a berth in the regional tournament with its 69-32 shellacking of Camden in the District 11AA Tournament. Debbie Christian topped the Lady Twisters’ scoring summary with 12 points, while Allyson and Lee Anne Hobbs totaled 10 each. Union City was ahead 18-6 after a quarter and 33-10 at halftime.
20 Years Ago
Feb. 18 — The Hillcrest girls had to settle for fourth place at the TNT Invitational Tournament in Springfield after a 55-33 defeat to Dresden in the event’s consolation game. Dalena Haskins had a Lady Cougar-high 12 points, while reserve Kelly Petty was lauded for her “fine play” by the H’crest coaching staff.
Feb. 20 — Trenton ended the season of the Union City girls with a 75-39 romp in the District 13AA Tournament quarterfinals. Latasha Thompson and Emily Gillett had 12 points each for the Lady Twisters, who were guilty of 26 turnovers. The Lady Tide was ahead 21-4 after one quarter and 33-14 at halftime.
10 Years Ago
Feb. 19 — Brad Carr drove to the lane and hit a lay-up with two seconds left to get the Obion Central boys’ third place at the District 13AA Tournament with a thrilling 68-66 triumph over Brighton. Travis Johnson led the Rebels with 21 points and nine rebounds, while Dray Moultrie dropped in a dozen.
Feb. 23 — Obion Central interviewed several candidates in regards to the school’s head football coach position. Among those brought in for consideration were assistants Tony Lester and Barry Kendall along with former Fulton City skipper Paul Decker. Lester was a nine-year veteran of the Rebel program as a coach of both the offensive and defensive lines. Kendall, the school’s softball skipper, had logged five years as the OC running backs coach. Decker, who was a faculty member at Obion Central, boasted of head coaching experience from his time with the Bulldog program.
5 Years Ago
Feb. 21 — The Obion Central girls found some consolation in the District 13AA Tournament. The Lady Rebels claimed third place in the event with a 58-43 triumph over Milan. Abby Reedy had 22 points for the Central girls, while Jana Roney also hit in twin figures with 16. The OC girls led 13-10 after one quarter and 30-20 at halftime.
Feb. 22 — Several locals were recognized as members of the All-District 14A team. On the girls’ side, Union City had DeBrisha Robinson, Brandi Alley and Shari Williams on the glitter unit, while South Fulton’s Molly Ledbetter and Kaci Beadles both were team members, as well. The Twister boys had the trio of MJ Brown, Xavier Robinson and Marquis Weddle as its representatives on the All-District 14A squad.
1 Year Ago
Feb. 22 — The Union City boys punched their ticket to the District 14A championship game for the third time in four seasons with a 69-66 edging of Trenton. Tyler Steward led the Twisters with 17 points, while Rakim Gaston added 14. Also, UC’s Kendhal Warren and Antonio Cox each totaled 11, while Josh Battee contributed 10.
Feb. 23 — The Obion Central girls were unable to weather the perfect Westview storm. The Lady Chargers limited the county locals’ second-chance baskets, while also reducing the amount of good looks that Texas signee Chassidy Fussell got during a 58-43 triumph in the District 13AA Tournament semifinals. Fussell, though hampered by many double teams, did finish with 28 points, but no other Central player scored more than six. Westview’s offense was somewhat balanced. Florida Gulf Coast signee Amber Rechis led the way with 26 tallies, while Sara Olds added 11. Grace Ann Swaim and Breanna Pitcher both were also key for the Lady Chargers with nine markers apiece.

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