Remember When? — Ronald Ward surpasses Greg Davis on UC scoring list

Remember When? — Ronald Ward surpasses Greg Davis on UC scoring list
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. 20 — With 21 points in No. 2-ranked Union City’s 76-62 victory against Humboldt, Ronald Ward surpassed Tornado hoop legend Greg Davis as the school’s all-time leading scorer. Ward surpassed the late Davis’ total of 1,562 points with a free throw in the third period. He was honored with a plaque and a cake that team members enjoyed after the Twisters’ 17th win in 18 games.
Jan. 25 — Obion beat Rives twice in county jayvee basketball, 40-12 in the girls’ game and 44-28 in the nightcap. Mitzi Holloway had eight points for the Lady Indians, who scored the game’s first 19 points and then turned things over to their reserves. Gary Sutherland and Larry Joe Manus tallied 14 markers apiece in the Obion boys’ victory. Chris Carpenter had six for the Panthers.
20 Years Ago
Jan. 20 — Matt Barnett’s free throw with four seconds left after Obion Central had blown a 19-point lead allowed the Rebels to escape with a 68-67 triumph over Covington. Barnett and Robin Cude hit for 16 points apiece to pace ninth-ranked OC, who improved to 18-3. The No. 3-ranked Central girls won their 16th straight in the opener, 72-56. Jennifer Curley had a game-high 21 points, Courtney Neely added 18 in a reserve role and Kristi Long contributed 17 to the winning case as the Lady Rebs improved to 10-0 in league play and 19-1 overall.
Jan. 24 — Union City’s freshman teams took a twinbill from Gibson County, winning 31-29 and 53-27. Benita Fitzgerald poured in 21 of her team’s 31 points for the Lady Tornadoes. Jermaine Fuller and Untwon Bishop scored 11 apiece for the UC boys, who won for the seventh time in games..
10 Years Ago
Jan. 21 — Trey Pearson scored 14 straight points in the first half on his way to a 42-point performance in helping South Fulton to an 86-79 triumph over Greenfield. Pearson, whose 72-game streak of scoring in double figures was snapped three nights earlier when head coach Bryant Driver benched him and played a slowdown style vs. Dresden, helped SF to 51 points over the first two periods. Michael Waycaster added 14 points for the Redmen.
Jan. 25 — Hillcrest went 1-1 in Obion County School System Tournament championship games. The Lady Cougars beat Ridgemont for the girls’ title to improve to 17-1 as Anna McEwen had 13 points and Ashley Tankersley chipped in 12. Molly Ledbetter topped R’mont with 12. The South Fulton boys denied H’crest a sweep of the championships with a 31-29 win the nightcap. Jonathan Oliver and Shane Vinson led SF (14-4) with 10 points each, while Mason Storey and David Kissell tallied nine apiece for the Cougars.
5 Years Ago
Jan. 22 — The top-ranked Union City (21-3) boys held off a pesky Obion Central squad to claim a 71-65 win in the latest installment of the Obion County rivalry. MJ Brown had 19 points to lead four players in double figures for the Twisters, while Nick Gilliam erupted for a game-high 29 to place the Rebels and all scorers. The second-ranked Central girls won for the 21st time in 23 outings as Aubrey Reedy scored 19 points and Whitney Williams 15 in a 59-46 verdict over UC. The Lady Tornadoes’ DeBrisha Robinson finished with 24 points to top all point-makers.
Jan. 23 — Lake Road and Hillcrest were crowned champions of the Obion County School System Tournament, each beating South Fulton. The unbeaten Lady Generals scored the game’s first 21 points and never looked back, winning 42-16 behind 16 points from Mackenzie Tucker and 10 more from Brandy Davis. Winn Decker hit for 10 points in Hillcrest’s Game 2 triumph over SF, 25-23.
1 Year Ago
Jan. 24 — The last of Jasmine Newsome’s game-best 35 points came with 2.4 seconds left and lifted UT Martin to an 80-78 victory over preseason Ohio Valley Conference favorite Eastern Illinois. Heather Butler tacked on 20 points for the Skyhawk women, who were in second place with a 7-2 league mark.
Jan. 25 — Benzor Simmons become the school’s 15th member of the 1,000-Point Club with 26 in UT Martin’s 63-62 win over SIU-Edwardsville. Simmons made 16-of-18 free throws for the Skyhawks, who beat the OVC’s top-ranked defensive team. It marked UTM’s fourth straight victory, the first time that has happened since February 2009. Published in The Messenger 1.20.12

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