Remember When? — Twister streak extended, OC’s over in nail-biter rematch

Remember When? — Twister streak extended, OC’s over in nail-biter rematch
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
Jan. 6 — South Fulton upset 10th-ranked Bradford 79-67 behind 21 points from Ken Tolbert. SF, which used the victory for its own case in the state rankings and debuted at No. 8 in the week following in the Class 1A listing, led by as many as 22 points. Fred Pirtle scored 18, Barry Williams added 16 and Patrick Hobbs pitched in 14 points for South Fulton, which improved to 12-3. The SF girls were not as fortunate, falling to 6-7 in a 20-point loss. Cordelia Moody had 14 points for the Big Red while Jennifer Bard pitched in 10
Jan. 9 — Union City took over sole possession of first place in District 11AA with a 41-36 triumph over Ripley. The Tornadoes triumphed for the 15th time in 16 games and four days later discovered they were ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press Class 2A state rankings. Ronald Ward scored 18 points for UC vs. Ripley and stood just 40 points shy of Tornado great Greg Davis on the school’s all-time scoring list. Tenia Macklin’s 26 points couldn’t keep the Hurricanes from falling to Ripley 50-47.
20 Years Ago
Jan. 6 — The Obion Central girls spoiled the return of ex-standout player Kim Decker, whose Lake County team fell 78-56 to the Lady Rebels. Maria Barber put in 18 markers to lead a foursome of OC players in double digits. Once the Central boys won 75-44 in the nightcap and the statistics from the games tallied, it was revealed a whopping 91 fouls were whistled in the two games combined.
Jan. 8 — After going 0-for-8 at the free throw line over the first three quarters, Union City nailed 9-of-11 charities in the final frame to beat Obion Central 63-62 in a thriller before a standing-room-only turnout at ‘The Pit.’ The two teams had played earlier at UT Martin before nearly 6,000 fans with UC winning handily. The Tornado triumph was their 23rd straight in 13AA play over a period of three seasons and also broke the 21-game home winning streak for the Rebels. Rodney Bonds poured in 26 points for the victors. The girls’ opener was no contest as Central improved to 15-1 with a 63-39 romp. Kristy Petty made four first-quarter 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 19 points for OC.
Jan. 10 — The Reelfoot Bass Club honored its top anglers for 1991. Among those receiving awards were Gordon Fox, Jerry Wiles, Robert M. Smyth, Randy Dodd and David Chandler.
10 Years Ago
Jan. 7 — Burned by Trey Pearson’s 40 points in an earlier meeting, Obion Central limited the South Fulton star to a season-low 21 in a 65-63 victory in the rematch. D.J. Gammons had 20 and Brent Simpson 14 for the Rebels, who improved to 11-6. Whitney Angel hit for 18 points in Central’s easy 56-39 triumph in the girls’ game.
Jan. 11 — Kayla Cranford’s stickback with just one second showing lifted Hillcrest to a thrilling 35-34 middle school basketball triumph over Crockett County. Lisa Skaggs had 13 points and seven boards to help Black Oak to its 10th win in 14 outings — a 44-11 victory over Lake Road — and John Sawyer’s 16 markers topped Ridgemont in a 42-35 loss to Inman. Jonathan Oliver’s nine points led a balanced effort and South Fulton over Martin 32-29.
5 Years Ago
Jan. 8 — Despite its first loss of the season after 17 victories, Obion Central’s girls later found out it had gained the No. 2 state ranking in the Class 2A girls’ poll. Whitney Williams had 11 points in the Lady Rebels’ first setback, 52-41 loss to Westview, which improved to 16-2. The Union City boys were also ranked second — in Class 1A — after an 85-58 runaway vs. South Fulton. Though three starters were out nursing injuries, Nik Brooks, Lavan Mosley and Cameron Callicott combined for 25 points and 17 rebounds as UC improved to 16-3.
Jan. 12 — Lake Road got 19 points from Mackenzie Tucker to complete an unbeaten regular season with a 52-20 triumph over Black Oak. Patrick Minnick erupted for 25 points and teammate Cody Blakley recorded a double-double with 14 points and 12 caroms to help BO salvage a split with a 45-32 nightcap triumph.
1 Year Ago
Jan. 6 — UT Martin hired Lytrel Pollard as its defensive coordinator, replacing Chris Boone, who left the Skyhawk staff for Ohio Valley Conference rival Jacksonville State. Pollard was a former assistant at both Memphis and Southern Miss. Boone was the last holdover from head coach Jason Simpson’s original staff.
Jan. 12 — Three days after celebrating homecoming in style with a 74-60 triumph vs. Ripley, the Obion Central girls were ranked No. 5 in the first state ratings of the year. It marked the fifth straight season the Lady Rebels had appeared in the AP listing at some point during the season. Brandi Goodman poured in 25 points and Macy Wright chipped in with 10 to help OC improved to 18-3 against Ripley. Published in The Messenger 1.5.12

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