|Time only on Lady Rebels’ side
|Posted: Monday, January 9, 2012 7:00 pm
By KEVIN WEAKS
Obion Central’s boys were good for about 28 of the 32 minutes.
The OC girls, meanwhile, didn’t need nearly as much time to do their work.
Central split a District 13AA doubleheader at home against Westview on Friday night, pulling away to a 62-42 win in the girls’ game followed by an ill-fated comeback attempt in a 69-63 boys’ loss.
The Rebel boys had a bad stretch over the final four minutes of the second quarter that proved too costly in the opening game. The Central girls broke from a low-scoring first half and had its opener all but locked up by the early minutes of the fourth period.
Central’s girls remain perfect in 13AA with an 8-0 mark to go with a 17-1 overall record, while OC’s boys fall to 6-9 and 2-6 with a trip to Covington on the slate for Tuesday.
OC 62, Westview 42 (G)
Brandi Goodman scored 11 of her 32 points in the first 21⁄2 minutes of the fourth quarter to push the margin out to 20 points as Central poured in 40 points after the intermission to run away from the Lady Chargers.
Goodman was in foul trouble in the first half, saddled with three before the intermission, but still was able to put in 13 points.
“We got into some bad foul trouble in the first half, and that’s something we’d talked about before the game,” Lady Rebel head coach Lyle LaRue said. “Westview plays really hard, and we were going to have to be aggressive and cause some turnovers, but the fact of us being aggressive got us in some foul trouble.”
Despite Goodman’s fouls and a slower, more deliberate pace that favored Westview, Central managed to use its pressure defense to key a 7-0 run to end the first quarter and score nine of the first 11 points of the second frame for a 19-7 lead.
Ahead only 22-12 lead into the halftime break, Central picked up the pace in the third, spurred by consecutive steals and baskets by Macy Wright for a 25-14 lead at 5:56.
OC led by as many as 20 at 42-22 with 2:53 remaining in the quarter before settling on a 43-29 advantage at the break and then blew away the Lady Chargers with transition plays that led to five field goals and a free throw by Goodman that had the margin at 20 again, 54-34, by the 5:28 mark.
“For us, 22 points was too low, so we wanted to get the pace back up where we like it,” LaRue said. “They (Westview) really like to run set patterns, move the ball around and take good shots. We wanted to take them out of their sets.”
Wright finished with 10 points, while Teddy Vincent was Westview’s only player in double figures with 10 points as well.
Westview 69, OC 63 (B)
Central had a bad stretch late in the first half and then almost made up for it at the end of the game.
The Rebels saw a 25-17 lead at 5:28 of the second quarter turn into a 39-31 Charger advantage by the intermission, and then Westview built a lead of 18 points in the fourth quarter, only to see Central charge back to within three points in the final minutes.
“If you take away the three or four minutes at the end of the second quarter, we’re right there,” Rebel head coach Bill Kail said. “I thought we lost our composure a little. We tried to dribble through the pressure instead of pass. But, we made a good run at the end to give ourselves a chance. You just can’t have those three -or four-minute stretches where you don’t do what you’re supposed to do.”
Westview was content to run off and hide after grabbing a large lead in the fourth period, choosing to hold the ball midway through the period. But, the Rebels began slicing away at the deficit and had it down to one possession at 64-61 on Zach King’s putback with 1:36 to play.
That was as close as Central could get, however, as the Chargers hit 5-of-8 at the line and limited the Rebs to one field goal the rest of the way.
“The effort was a lot better than on Tuesday (a loss to Crockett County),” Kail said. “If we keep playing with that energy every night, we’re going to have a chance.”
Westview closed a back-and-forth first period ahead 17-15, but Central scored the first 10 points of the second quarter for a 25-17 lead. Shaw Logan and Bryan Morris each hit a 3-pointer in the run, while King and Thomas Smith scored in the paint. Published in The Messenger 1.9.12