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Lady Rebs stand firm in poll behind only top team

Lady Rebs stand firm in poll behind only top team
By MIKE HUTCHENS
Messenger Sports Editor
Friday’s 10-point victory over then-No. 5 Dyersburg may not have improved Obion Central’s state ranking.
But it certainly solidified it.
The Lady Rebels remained second — behind only No. 1 Upperman — in this week’s Associated Press Class 2A poll released Monday.
And though Obion Central did not ascend to the top spot on the heels of its second win of the season vs. D’burg, it did maintain the No. 2 spot by a comfortable margin of 33 points over Livingston Academy, which rose from fourth to third this week.
OC garnered four first-place votes and 178 total points from member writers and broadcasters across the state in the latest listing, trailing Upperman by 17 points.
The gap was almost double that between the Lady Rebs and LA.
Both Obion Central and the Lady Bees are 21-1 — Central’s only loss a two-pointer to out-of-state foe Columbia (Ga.), and Upperman by three points to Jackson County, the current No. 3 ranked team in Class 1A.
Upperman won twice last week, beating York Institute 43-37, and Murfreesboro Central Magnet 43-18.
Dyersburg (20-3) fell to No. 6 this week after its loss to OC.
Lake County (21-3) retained the top spot in Class 1A after blowout wins over District 14A foes Humboldt and Greenfield.
Madison Academic (19-3), a three-point loser to Jackson Northside before then beating Riverside 60-53, fell from third to sixth in single-A.
On the boys’ side, reigning state champion Lake County dropped from fifth to No. 8 after losing to Humboldt a week ago. The Falcons (11-8) did rebound to beat Greenfield on Friday 72-45.
Middleton is eighth — up two positions — after beating Riverside by 41 and Adamsville 64-53 in last week’s action.
West Tennessee has three entries in the Class 2A rankings.
Liberty (18-4), after completing a regular season sweep of District 14AA rival and reigning state champion Bolivar with a 67-64 triumph last week, moved past the Tigers to fourth place after sitting at No. 6 in the last set of ratings.
Bolivar (19-4) is now fifth after being second a week ago.
Jackson South Side is up two places to seventh, while Covington is on the fringe of the Top 10, listed second among the “others receiving votes” group.
In Class 3A, Dyer County — after three wins last week improved its record to 22-1 — inched up a spot to No. 4 behind Southwind, Ridgeway and Science Hill.
Southwind edged Ridgeway by two points in overtime to hand the Roadrunners their first loss of the season and swap spots with the previous No. 1.
Sports editor Mike Hutchens can be contacted by e-mail at mhutch@ucmessenger.com. Published in The Messenger 1.24.12

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