Coaches vs. Cancer has winning results for OC, UC girls

Coaches vs. Cancer has winning results for OC, UC girls
By RANDY CAVIN
Special to The Messenger
The Coaches vs. Cancer Classic had a good outcome for two of the three Obion County teams participating in Saturday’s all-day event at Obion Central.
Union City’s girls won what turned out to be a nail-biter against Bolivar. Amber Fair hit a pair of free throws with 9.5 seconds to play for the deciding points as the Lady Tornadoes posted a 43-41 win.
The Obion Central girls remained perfect for the season and improved to 10-0 by beating Lexington with a wide margin 68-44.
Central’s boys, meanwhile, had a deflating loss to Lexington in a game where neither team could gain an upper hand, the Tigers eventually walking out with a narrow 46-43 win.
The Lady Twisters will play at Humboldt Tuesday, while both Central teams will be at home against South Gibson.
UC 43, Bolivar 41 (G)
Amber Fair made amends for missing the front end of a bonus foul shot with 20 seconds to play by hitting a pair of game-deciding free throws with 9.5 seconds to play. Bolivar’s Shunice Herron drew a foul with 4.6 on the clock and hit both shots to pull the Lady Tigers to within two points, but the Lady Tornadoes (3-4) ran out the clock to preserve the win.
The Lady Tornadoes led by 14 points with 1:32 to play in the third, but they could only manage 10 points in the second half. In the first half, UC was able to get easy drives to the basket. In the second half, Bolivar (3-5) sat back in a zone defense to prevent UC from getting the easy baskets on the inside.
The Lady Tornadoes were led by Jackie Hudson’s game high 20 points. Herron led Bolivar with 16 points.
OC 68, Lexington 44 (G)
The Lady Rebels jumped out to a 10-point lead in the first period and cruised to the win.
Brandi Goodman scored a game-high 19 and pulled in 12 rebounds. Paige Hicks joined Goodman in double-figure scoring with 13 points and Macy Wright added 11. Lexington was led by Niya Sparks with 10 points.
With Goodman’s presence under the rim on defense, the Lady Rebels were able to control the inside game. Goodman was a constant shot-blocking threat with four in the first half.
While Goodman was controlling the inside game, the Lady Rebel guards protected the perimeter and did not give Lexington (4-4) any good looks at the basket from the outside.
“The first half might have been the best half we have played all year,” Central head coach Lyle LaRue said. “It may be because we were not worried about the other team as much because we are trying run this event. When we started the game, we just tried to do what we do the best. We did a lot of good stuff inside and outside.
“I thought it was an all-around good effort and that everyone showed up to play.”
Lexington 46, OC 43 (B)
Poor shooting once again proves to be costly to the Rebels.
The Rebels got as close as one point twice in the fourth, once on a Coleman Dunn 3-pointer and later on Bryan Morris’ jumper with 3:21 to play. The Rebels, however, could get no closer.
Down the stretch, the Tigers missed four-of-six free throw attempts, but Central could not get the ball to go in over the last minute of the game.
Neither shot well from the line, Lexington 10-of-25 and Central 6-of-13.
Central was led in scoring by Zach King with 11 points, while Dunn added 10. Lexington’s Justin Belew led the game with 17 points.
The Rebels have now lost seven straight with 2-7 record. Lexington evened up its record to 4-4.
FRIDAY’S GAMES
OC splits with Ripley
The Lady Rebs jumped out to a big first-half lead in a 72-44 win, while the Central boys were limited to five points in both the second and fourth quarters of a 54-35 loss.
In the opener, OC pulled out to s 41-20 halftime advantage and stretched that to 60-32 after three periods.
Goodman had 31 points and Wright 14 for the Lady Rebels, who improved to 4-0 in District 13AA. Kinesha Maclin had 25 points for Ripley, now 2-5 and 1-3.
Central’s boys trailed just 16-13 after one period, but Ripley took a 26-18 halftime lead and then continued to widen the gap in the second half. The Tigers were up, 44-30, after three periods.
Morris had 13 points for OC, while Stefan Johnson and Setric Williams had 12 each for Ripley (8-1, 4-0). Published in The Messenger 12.12.11

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