|Lady Rebs complete perfect half charge through 13AA foes |
|Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 7:00 pm |
|Halfway there. |
Obion Central fought off Covington for a hard-earned 52-50 road win Tuesday to complete the first half of its District 13AA schedule with a perfect record.
Voted the No. 2 Class AA girls’ team in the first Associated Press prep basketball poll of the season, OC improved to 18-1 overall and 9-0 in the district. Covington, meanwhile, is now 12-6 overall and 7-2 in the league.
The Rebel boys are not in nearly as good a spot, however, a 73-38 loss sending Central’s record down to 6-10 overall and 2-7.
The second half of Obion Central’s district slate begins on Friday as the two Rebel teams play Gibson County.
OC 52, Covington 50 (G)
Brandi Goodman scored 11 of her game-high 21 points in the fourth quarter, and both Macy Wright and freshman Dianna Flippen hit crucial free throws in the final seconds to rally the Rebels.
Central trailed by as many as 11 points in the second period and was still behind by two points at the end of a back-and-fourth third frame.
The teams continued to trade leads throughout the fourth period.
Flippen gave the Lady Rebels a 48-47 lead on a free throw, but then Leshundra Somerville scored at the other end to put Covington back in front.
It turned out to be the Lady Chargers’ final lead as Wright quickly fired a pass the other way to Goodman, who capped her strong night in the paint with a 3-point play to give the Rebels a 51-49 advantage.
Precious Harvey hit once at the line for Covington with 15 seconds to play, and then Wright connected at the line 12 ticks later.
Wright finished with 16 points, while Van Pelt and Harvey had 11 points for Covington.
Central held three leads in the first period before Covington went on a 17-4 run to take a 21-10 lead early in the second frame. OC followed with its own run, going ahead 25-23 on back-to-back baskets from Wright.
Three more ties and three other lead changes followed, Covington taking a 32-30 advantage into the fourth period.
Goodman scored twice at the line and hit a pair of field goals to put Central ahead 36-34 and then OC went up by three points on three occasions, Goodman and Paige Hicks providing the Lady Rebels with their largest lead of the game.
OC was up 46-43 before the Lady Chargers scored six of the next eight points, setting up the final sprint.
Covington 73, OC 38 (B)
DeMarcus Seaberry hit two 3-pointers, and Devione Draine added another triple to help the Chargers grab a 20-5 lead at the end of the first quarter.
It was never close after that, Covington ahead 35-17 at the half and 46-22 by the end of the third period. Covington’s biggest lead of 37 points came in the final period as the Chargers (13-5, 8-1 13AA) outscored Central 27-16 over the final eight minutes.
Jawan Alston led all players with 16 points, Seaberry added 14 and Shelton Lyons finished with 10 points for Covington. Shyheim Slayton scored 10 points for the Rebels. Published in The Messenger 1.11.12