For the Obion Central girls against Dyersburg, the best defense was a good offense.
The Lady Rebels scored 48 points in the last 12 minutes to outlast D’burg 94-85 in overtime Friday night.
University of Memphis signee Brandi Goodman had a monster game with 38 points and 20 rebounds, while Shannon Wiggins scored all 13 of her markers in the fourth quarter and overtime to help OC improve to 17-6 overall, 8-2 in District 13AA behind league-leading and third-ranked Westview and No. 7 Covington.
The Central boys, unfortunately, experienced a case of deja vu when the host Trojans rallied to beat the Rebels for the second time this season, 67-58.
Elsewhere Friday, South Fulton’s two teams continued to streak in the opposite directions — the girls winning for the eighth straight time, 65-51 against Bradford, with the boys losing their fourth in a row, 77-68.
Laken Haley poured in a career-high 30 points to pace the streaking SF girls.
Obion Central has a busy week upcoming, playing at Ripley on Tuesday, hosting South Gibson Friday, then facing Ripley for a second time at home in a makeup game. South Fulton has a pair of critical District 14A road games against the top two teams in the current league standings — at Greenfield Tuesday and vs. Union City on Friday.
OC 94 Dyersburg 85 (G)
The Lady Rebs looked to be in good shape down the stretch, but blew an eight-point fourth quarter lead and were forced to overtime when Dyersburg scored with two seconds left in regulation to knot the count at 76 all.
Wiggins made a huge 3-pointer with 1:06 showing in the extra session, though, and OC hit some critical free throws in the final minute to hold on.
Paige Hicks had a big night with 24 points, including 11-of-13 from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter and OT combined. Rachel Jones was just a deuce shy of giving Central four players in double figures scoring-wise, but did convert a steal into a critical bucket in the fourth quarter.
Obion Central was up 34-32 at the half, down 48-46 after three, then outscored Dyersburg 30-28 in the fourth quarter to send the contest into overtime.
“Obviously, nobody played any defense, but we did make a few more plays than they did in the overtime,” OC head coach Lyle LaRue said. “It was a big win as far as the regular season goes in that it keeps us out of the 4-5 seed game right now. We just have to handle our business the rest of the way to stay where we are.”
The Lady Trojans (14-6, 7-4) made a dozen 3-pointers in the contest and were led by Mia Taylor’s 24 points.
Dyersburg 67, OC 58 (B)
Central (10-9, 4-6), which dropped an earlier 61-59 decision to the Trojans after leading for 30 of 32 minutes in that contest, got off to another fast start in Friday’s rematch, leading 20-12 after one. The Rebs were still up, 31-27, at the break.
D’burg (7-8, 5-5) overtook OC after three periods, though, 47-46, then outscored the county locals 20-12 over the final eight minutes.
A dozen second-half turnovers contributed greatly to Obion Central’s demise.
Bryan Morris had 18 points to lead the Rebels, but left the game in the fourth period and did not return after being undercut on a layup attempt, according to OC head coach Bill Kail. Morris made four of the Rebs’ seven 3-pointers.
Zack King provided Central with a solid post presence, finishing with 15 points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots.
SF 65, Bradford 51 (G)
Haley drained 6-of-8 attempts from 3-point range, including four in the first period to get South Fulton off to a quick start.
SF went on to lead by as many as 30 before reserves played out the string.
“It’s the best our press has looked all season,” South Fulton head coach Curt Lee said.
Taleeah Cross had 16 points, six rebounds and four steals for the winners, while Ka-lon Martin finished with seven rebounds.
Bradford 77, SF 68 (B)
South Fulton’s struggles continued as they lost to Bradford after winning an earlier game.
SF (10-9, 3-6) trailed 27-19 at the first-quarter horn and by double figures (38-27) at the half.
Despite outscoring Bradford over the final two frames (41-39) South Fulton could never get over the hump.
Clint Wells led SF with 21 points while teammate Keshawn McManus finished with a double-double, 20 points and 16 rebounds.
Both Harrison Hawks and Tevaris James ended up with nine markers apiece.
Published in The Messenger 1.21.13