|Lady Rebs continue good start to season |
|Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 7:01 pm |
|The Obion Central girls’ good start got better Tuesday night. |
Not so for the Rebel boys.
The Lady Rebels won an early-season showdown of perennial District 13AA powers Tuesday night, beating host Gibson County 67-63 to remain unbeaten in four games overall.
Brandi Goodman turned in a monster game with 30 points and 16 rebounds for OC, which rallied from a 37-30 halftime deficit to win its league opener.
The Central boys, however, have now suffered back-to-back losses following a 2-0 start after losing 69-60 to GC in the nightcap.
In other local action of interest from Tuesday, the Union City boys went on the road and beat Calloway County 60-55.
Both OC and UC will be back in action on Friday at home — the Rebels hosting Haywood and Union City welcoming Bradford — before the two county rivals meet for a second time this season Saturday night at the Twister gymasium.
SF plays at home vs. Trenton on Friday.
Central 67, GC 63 (G)
A 21-13 surge in the third period erased a seven-point intermission deficit for Obion Central.
Gibson County (4-1, 0-1) — which made 11 3-pointers, but attempted 37 from beyond the arc in the contest — led by as many as nine at one point before a pair of Goodman free throws put the Lady Rebels up 51-50 after three.
There were four ties and three lead changes in the game.
OC won despite committing 24 turnovers, many of those coming in the first half.
“We had way too many turnovers in the first half because we didn’t get the ball to our press-breakers and our ballhanders didn’t bring the ball up the floor,” Lady Rebel skipper Lyle LaRue said. “We attacked the rim better in the second half by driving and then passing it inside. And in the second half, we did a better job hitting the offense boards and getting after loose balls.”
Paige Hicks and Macy Wright both scored 13 points to give Central three players in double figures.
GC 69, Central 60 (B)
The Rebels were outscored 10-1 during a critical stretch in the fourth quarter after the game was tied at 57.
Gibson County held a 24-12 advantage overall in the final eight minutes.
OC had fought back to take a 48-45 lead heading into the final frame after trailing after one (18-13) and at the half (32-31).
Bryan Morris was the lone Central player in double figures and consistent offensive threat for the county locals, finishing with 21 points. No other Rebel player had more than six.
Mitchell Simpson had 10 of his game-high 26 points in the fourth quarter to pace the Pioneers.
UC 60, Calloway Co. 55 (B)
Tied at 41-all after three periods, the Tornadoes squared their record at 3-3 by outscoring the host Lakers 19-14 over the final eight minutes.
UC head coach Shane Sisco lauded the play of LaMonte Dickerson, who had 15 points and seven rebounds and made a handful of “hustle” plays in the second half that sparked his otherwise lackluster club.
“He (Dickerson) really got after it and I think some of the rest of our kids fed off that,” Sisco said. “He played with a lot of energy. He dove on the floor after loose balls, and he did a lot of things that do not show up in the box score.”
Union City won despite missing 13-of-24 free throws, a stat that was made less significant by the team gathering in nine offensive rebounds after 12 missed shots in the second half. Published in The Messenger 11.30.11