By MIKE HUTCHENS
Messenger Sports Editor
MURFREESBORO — Obion Central was denied its first girls’ state basketball championship in school history after a 61-52 loss to Christ Presbyterian Academy in today’s Class 2A title game.
The runnerup finish was the second in OCCHS history for the Lady Rebel program, which was also No. 2 in 1984-85.
CPA rebounded from a horrendous first half in which it missed its first 14 shots and made just 7-of-35 field goals in all, outscored the Lady Rebels 44-29 over the final two periods when they bounced back to shoot 54 percent (14-of-26).
Central’s chances were hurt, too, by 15 missed free throws — 10 of those in the second half.
Macy Wright scored 17 points in her final game in an OC uniform, concluding an illustrious career with more than 1,700 points.
Brandi Goodman finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds, but was held in check over the final two periods (six points) when she was regularly double- and triple-teamed.
Ali McEwen, who quietly had a solid tournament, ended up with 12 points.
Wright, Goodman and McEwen were all chosen to the all-tournament team.
CPA’s Lauren Thompson had 18 points and 19 rebounds and was named the tourney MVP.
For a complete game story, features, notes and photos, see Monday’s special edition of The Messenger.