Obion Central’s girls weren’t sure they had beaten Gibson County until the game was over. The Rebel boys did not have to wait nearly as long.
Ahead by two points and called for a foul as time expired, the Lady Rebs couldn’t clinch the District 13AA win until Erin Lannom missed the first of her two free throw attempts. The second was then merely a formality, that shot going in for a 66-65 final score.
Central’s boys, meanwhile, used a 15-2 run in the first half to open up a lead the Pioneers could not overcome in a 73-57 Rebel verdict.
With the sweep, both OC teams are now 1-0 in league play and 4-1 overall.
Central 66, GC 65 (G)
The Lady Rebels rallied from a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter with a 19-6 run, taking a 61-60 lead on Peyton Daniel’s 3-pointer.
Lannom put Gibson County back in front with a pair of free throws, but she then missed twice at the line after Paige Hicks scored to put OC back in front 63-62. A layup by Daniel and a free throw from Brandi Goodman sandwiched a layup by Cara Beth Holt for a 66-64 Central lead.
Then, with time running down and GC looking to get up the floor for a final shot, the Lady Rebs were whistled for a foul with no time remaining, setting up the postgame free throws.
Central went ahead late in the first period and held the advantage through the early minutes of the second frame as Goodman scored 15 points to help her team to a 25-17 advantage. She converted back-to-back three-point plays late in the first to put OC up 16-12.
Gibson County closed the first half on a 14-3 run, getting 3-pointers from Holt and Jasmine Whittemore, four free throws by Sarah Beth Mullins and two layups from Nacole Johnson.
Despite three more baskets from Goodman and two by Ali McEwen, Central saw the Lady Pioneers up their advantage to 12 points at 54-42 to open the fourth period, Holt’s trey giving GC its biggest lead.
OC then shut down Whittemore and Johnson in the final period, each getting only one point, while Shannon Wiggins hit a triple and Goodman scored twice in the paint to ignite the comeback.
Goodman poured in 30 points to lead all scorers, while Gibson County had four players in double figures as Holt had 16, Johnson 15, Mullins 14 and Whittemore 13.
Central 73, GC 57 (B)
In a game of early runs, Central had the last one.
OC opened with eight straight points, but Gibson County followed with nine consecutive to take a one-point lead with only about half of the opening period gone.
The Rebels then scored 15 of the next 17 points and never looked back, up 19-11 after one period and 42-30 at the half.
Eric Torres and Tyler Mosley scored inside to start the run, and then Brett Scillion hit thiree baskets, Bryan Morris dunked and Coleman Dunn hit a trey to push OC’s lead out to as many as 12 points.
Mike Klein, who hit two free throws at the end of the first period for the 19-11 advantage, popped a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer to make it 42-30.
OC then led by 16 on four occasions in the second half while never letting the Pioneers get any closer than nine.
Morris gave the Rebels their first 16-point lead at 49-33.
After Gibson County went on a 9-2 run to get back within 51-42, Shaw Logan knocked down a triple and Scillion scored twice to put the Rebels ahead 56-42 at the third horn.
A trey by Klein and then five made free throws in six attempts by the Rebels — two each from Logan and Morris and one by Torres — sealed the win.
Morris led four Rebels in double figures with 15 points, while Scillion added 14, Logan added 12 and Klein pitched in 10.
Published in The Messenger 11.28.12