Lady Rebs wrap up good Florida vacation with pair of wins

Lady Rebs wrap up good Florida vacation with pair of wins
Spending part of the holiday season in Florida wasn’t a bad deal at all for the Obion Central girls’ basketball team.
The Lady Rebels went 3-1 in the Naples Daily News Holiday Shootout, including 51-41 triumph over Helen Cox High School of New Orleans in Saturday’s ninth-place game.
OC, now 15-1, was one of four teams in the event with a 3-1 record — a mark better than 11 of the 16 teams in the tournament.
A last-second 48-46 loss to Columbia (Ga.) in the opening round, though, relegated Central to the consolation bracket.
Both Macy Wright and Brandi Goodman were selected to the all-tournament team.
Lady Rebel head coach Lyle LaRue believes the experience — in which he said most all of the teams in the tourney had a Division I player or prospect — would be beneficial to his team down the road.
“To go 3-1 against that level of competition will hopefully prepare us for playoff basketball in February,” the OC skipper said.
Both the Obion Central boys and Union City boys wound up the first halves of their respective schedules with Friday games, the Rebs winning their fourth straight with a 61-50 triumph over Clarksburg in the Huntingdon Point-Guard Coca-Cola Classic, while UC dropped a 64-53 decision to the host team in the McNairy Central Christmas Classic.
All three Obion County teams begin second-half play of the 2011-12 campaign this week.
Obion Central plays home District 13AA games vs. Crockett County (Tues.) and Westview (Fri.), while Union City hosts Lake County Friday in 14A.
South Fulton journeys to Hickman County on Tuesday and welcomes Humboldt for a District 14A twinbill on Friday.
The follow is a recap of the weekend’s action.
OC 51, Helen Cox 41 (G)
Wright finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and nine assists to help the Lady Rebels leave the Sunshine State with a good feeling.
It was her defensive play against LSU signee Coco Baker (12 points) that was perhaps more critical, however.
Freshman Diana Flipper came off the bench for the foul-plagued Goodman and gave Central a nice lift with four points and five rebounds in 10 minutes of playing time.
Goodman scored all 13 of her points over the final two periods.
OC was down 14-12 after one, but took a 25-23 lead at halftime.
The Lady Rebs outscored HC 26-18 during the second half.
OC 53, Miller Grove 48 (G)
Obion Central trailed most of the first three periods, before taking the lead in the opening minutes of the final frame.
The Rebel girls made 55 percent of their field goal tries (17-of-31).
Wright ended up with 18 points, eight steals and seven rebounds, while Goodman was good for 17 points and eight boards.
Paige Hicks contributed nine points and five assists.
OC 61, Clarksburg 50 (B)
The Rebs are now just one game below the .500 mark (6-7) after winning for the second time in as many games in the Huntingdon event.
LaPrince Gauldin recorded a double-double (11 points, 12 rebounds), while Shyheim Slayton had 11 points and Eric Torres 10 markers for OC. Torres also came up with four steals.
Central trailed by a deuce at the end of the first quarter, 17-15, and at the intermission, 31-29.
OC outscored the Rockets 32-19 over the final 16 minutes, though.
Clarksburg (11-3) had a 10-game winning streak earlier in the season and leads District 13A with a perfect 7-0 league mark.
McNairy Co. 64, UC 53 (B)
Tied at 23-all after holding the Bobcats to just four second-quarter points, UC was outscored 22-6 in the third period to split its two games in the McNairy County holiday event.
The Tornadoes (9-6) had numerous shots blocked on the interior, according to head coach Shane Sisco, and trailed by as many as 18 points in the fourth.
Freshmen Malik Stockdale (two), Marcus DeBerry and Donte Simpson each made 3-pointers in the final eight minutes, but Union City could never get its deficit under double figures.
“Like in several of our other losses, that one bad spurt was the difference in the game,” Sisco insisted.
MC enjoyed a huge foul line advantage, making 18-of-24 from the charity stripe to just 6-of-12 for the Twisters.
Tre Lewis had 14 points to lead UC while Stockdale pitched in 10. Published in The Messenger 1.2.12

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