|Both Rebel teams have winning look |
|Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 7:02 pm |
| By KEVIN WEAKS |
Obion Central’s boys looked nothing like the team that had lost seven games in a row.
The Lady Rebels, meanwhile, looked every bit like the team that has played a month without a defeat.
OC whipped visiting South Gibson County twice Tuesday night, claiming a running-clock 67-22 decision in the girls’ opener and then cruising home with a 65-42 verdict in the boys’ finale.
Central’s boys are now 3-7 on the season, 1-3 in District 13AA, while the Lady Rebs roll on to an 11-0 overall mark and 4–0 league record.
OC travels to Milan on Friday night.
OC 65, So. Gibson 42 (B)
Behind 3-pointers from Bryan Morris and Coleman Dunn, Central scored the game’s first 14 points and led 16-2 at the end of the opening period.
Defense spurred the offense as OC’s active pressure forced turnovers that turned into transition buckets.
“Our defense has been good the last week or so,” Rebel head coach Bill Kail said. “We just have to be sure we’re diving and getting those loose balls and deflections, and I thought we did that tonight. When we do that, it gives us extra possessions, which gives up a better chance to score. We just have to keep up that defensive intensity and hope our offense keeps coming around.”
Shyheim Slayton scored 11 points in the second period, hitting a triple, back-to-back layups off steals and then a deuce in the lane with five seconds to play in the period to give Central a 36-11 halftime edge.
Dunn hit a pair of threes in the third period as OC stretched its lead to as much as 31. Mason Boyd hit three 3-pointers to help South Gibson get the difference down to 24 at 50-26 at the period’s end.
Breaking the losing skid was big, and bigger still because it came in a district game.
“We’ve been close a couple of times the last two or three weeks but just haven’t been able to pull it out,” Kail said of the streak. “Any win is a good win, but district wins are extra special because you’re trying to set yourself up come tournament time.”
Slayton scored 16 points, Morris added 14 and Dunn pitched in 12 for the Rebels.
OC 67, So. Gibson 22 (G)
Literally head and shoulders above the Lady Hornets, Central ran South Gibson right out of the gym.
Lady Rebel post player Brandi Goodman and teammate Paige Hicks each had eight points in the first period as Central scored the game’s first 17 points and led 23-8 at the horn.
Goodman added six more points in the second, and Brooke Jenning’s trey from the left corner made it a 21-point game, 34-13. OC led by 24 twice and carried a 39-17 lead into intermission.
“Our pressure got to them, and our size got to them,” Central head coach Lyle LaRue said. “We made an effort to go inside right off the bat, seeing as how their tallest girl was about 5-6, 5-7. The girls did a good job starting inside-out.
“It was probably one of better four-quarter efforts.”
Macy Wright scored twice in transition in the third, which ended with OC up 57-19. The benches cleared, and the clock ran throughout the fourth frame.
Goodman topped all players with 18 points, and Wright added 12 for the Lady Rebs. Published in The Messenger 12.14.11