|Loss knocks Lady Rebs from top spot in final poll |
|Posted: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 6:38 am |
| By MIKE HUTCHENS |
Messenger Sports Editor
One spot for each point.
Obion Central’s two-point overtime loss cost the Lady Rebels two positions in the final Associated Press Class 2A state rankings, released Monday.
OC (26-2), which was without leading scorer and rebounder Brandi Goodman in its regular season finale Friday — a 61-59 setback vs. Covington that broke a 46-game District 13AA winning streak and a run of 14 consecutive victories this year — will enter the postseason with a No. 3 ranking.
The Lady Rebels fell two places from their No. 1 perch with that loss and now trail Livingston Academy (26-3) and former No. 1 Upperman (25-2) in the final 2A listing.
Dyersburg (26-4), expected to be the chief competition for Obion Central in the upcoming District 13AA Tournament that begins tonight, remained at No. 8.
Central still received five first place votes — second only to LA — in statewide balloting of AP member writers and broadcasters. OC collected 143 total points, though, seven fewer than Upperman, which did not receive a first-place vote. Livingston accumulated 168 points and 11 first-place nods.
McNairy Central (23-4) gave West Tennessee three entries in the Top 10, rounding out the poll after edging Bolivar in its final regular season game last week.
The Lake County girls (27-3) maintained their season-long grip on the top spot in Class 1A. Dresden (20-6), despite losing by 13 (52-39) to Union City last week, remained at No. 9. Madison Academic is eight.
On the boys’ side, Westview (22-5) inched up a spot in 2A to ninth after winning for the 11th time in its last 12 games on Friday vs. Crockett County. The Chargers will begin postseason play in the District 13 Tournament Wednesday night by hosting Obion Central, a team they also beat last week and in both meetings during the regular season.
Bolivar (2nd), Liberty (3rd) and Jackson South Side (7th) — all members of District 14 — give the area a strong presence in the final double-A ratings.
In Class 1A, Lake County (17-9), which dropped a one-point decision to Fulton City last week in a game in which Dawn Barger played her starters sparingly, dropped from sixth to seventh. Dresden, beaten last week by Greenfield and Union City, still remained ninth.
Dyer County is still fourth in Class 3A.
A complete poll listing can be found on page 7.
Sports editor Mike Hutchens can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Published in The Messenger 2.14.12