|OC girls roll on to finals, sectional |
|Posted: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 6:41 am |
| By KEVIN WEAKS |
Dyersburg got one more shot at Obion Central. The Lady Rebels made sure there would not be another.
Weathering a 3-point shooting clinic at the end of the third quarter by the Lady Trojans, OC poured in 27 points in the final period to knock off Dyersburg 78-60 in the Region 7AA Tournament semifinals Monday night.
By beating Dyersburg for the third time this season, and the second time on the Trojans’ floor, Central secured two more postseason games. There will be no fourth meeting between the two, Dyersburg’s season ending with a 28-6 mark that saw half its losses dealt by the Lady Rebels.
Central will play Covington at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Dyersburg, the winner taking the regional championship and getting a home game in Saturday night’s sectional round.
“It only gets harder from here,” OC head coach Lyle LaRue said. “We get our old friend Covington on Wednesday. They know us and we know them, so there’s no secrets.
“We’re in it (substate). Wednesday night is not do-or-die, so the team that shows up relaxed and has fun usually does better in those games.”
Brandi Goodman had 25 points and Macy Wright added 24 to lead the Lady Rebels into both the regional finals and the sectionals, both doing their best work in the second half despite being saddled with foul trouble.
Wright picked up her fourth foul with 1:32 to play in the third period but then used several drives to the basket to score 12 points in the fourth period. Goodman, meanwhile, was hit with her third foul at 7:42 of the fourth but then scored seven points the rest of the way, four coming from offensive rebounds.
“Brandi and Macy are our best foulers,” LaRue said. “It’s not something you want to be the best at, but we weathered the storm. After last year, when I sat them on the bench too long trying to hold that 10-point lead and Liberty cut it to three before I could get them back in, I just said they’re going to foul out on their own. We were going to leave them out there and win or lose the game with them on the floor.”
Neither committed another foul, instead leading an offensive avalanche that overwhelmed the Trojans.
A defensive adjustment that Obion Central made to stop Dyersburg proved to be the difference.
Using a variety of zones and gimmicks for the first half and through the third period, OC opened a 31-23 halftime advantage. The Lady Trojans tried to shoot OC out of that style in the first half, to no avail, but then knocked down six 3-pointers in the third as Madison Butler hit four and Jaleya Mosley added the other two.
Five points from Goodman, four by Wright and a trey each from Shannon Wiggins and Brooke Jennings helped OC hold a slim 51-49 advantage at the end of the period, and then Central shut down Dyersburg in the fourth with a switch to man-to-man defense.
“We tried to mess around with zone and box-and-1 for three quarters, and then they finally got hot at the end of the third quarter,” LaRue said. “So, we decided to play man-to-man in the fourth. Dyersburg didn’t adjust to our defense. They kept taking outside shots, and then we started making some shots of our own.”
Dyersburg connected on just four field goals in the fourth, none after 2:53. Central, meanwhile, capped off a solid 18-for-27 night at the free throw line by hitting 11-of-12 over the final two minutes.
The Lady Trojans held a 16-14 lead after one period, but then hit just two field goals in the second and were outscored 17-7 to trail 31-23 at the half. Goodman had six points in that second frame.
Behind Goodman and Wright, Brooke Jennings scored 11 and Shannon Wiggins added 10 for OC. Mosley had 14, Butler 12 and Kay Tate 11 for Dyersburg. Published in The Messenger 2.28.12