It was a good day (and night) for Obion County teams Thursday.
Local squads went 5-1 in a variety of holiday basketball events and head into the weekend with opportunities to place high in those respective tournaments.
Obion Central’s girls won for the second time in as many days in the Dragon Fire Invitational in Collierville, blasting Southwind 52-19.
The Lady Rebels (14-3) now play unbeaten Houston (12-0) in the second of two semifinal games tonight at 7:30. OC will then play in either the championship or consolation game of the tourney on Saturday.
Central’s boys beat Westmore-land 71-53 in the opening round of the Nera White Christmas Tournament at Macon County High School Thursday.
The Rebels (7-6) moved on to play host MC (8-5) in a semifinal matchup and will play again Saturday in either the title game or third-place contest.
South Fulton won twice vs. the home team in the Stewart County Christmas Classic, 39-31 in girls’ play and 68-47 on the boys’ side.
The Devilettes (8-4) will play Cumberland County at 3 p.m. today, while the Redmen (7-5) are set to play Houston County immediately afterward.
Union City’s boys were credited with a victory without taking the court on Thursday, gaining a forfeit win in the Murray Bank Laker Classic when Centennial (Ohio) was unable to make the trip south due to a mixture of sleet and snow.
The Golden Tornadoes (10-4) will play Hopkinsville (8-3) in an 7:45 p.m. semifinal tonight with Saturday’s consolation set for 4 p.m. and the championship game at 6.
UC’s girls team was the lone local entry not to join the victory party Thursday, losing 52-48 to Ensworth in the Above The Rim Christmas Invitational at Centerville. The Lady Twisters (11-3) were slated to play host school Hickman County today at 1 p.m.
The following is recap of Thursday’s action involving local squads.
OC 71, Westmoreland 53 (B)
Shawn Logan had 23 points and six assists for the Rebels, who led 21-13 after the first quarter and never trailed thereafter.
It was 33-26 at the half and 52-41 after three periods.
Bryan Morris finished with 17 points and six rebounds for the victors, while Eric Torres went 5-for-5 from the field and had 10 points.
OC 52, Southwind 19 (G)
Central rebounded from a sluggish first half and what head coach Lyle LaRue called “bus lag,” to blow out the Memphians with a 29-6 surge over the final two frames.
University of Memphis signee Brandi Goodman put on another show for the homefolks, finishing with 27 points and 20 rebounds for OC.
Paige Hicks had a solid outing with 16 markers, and the Lady Rebs made 9-of-10 free throws to continue their improved performance in that area.
SF 68, Stewart Co. 47 (B)
A 24-11 second-quarter run built the Devils’ halftime lead to a comfortable 41-22 margin and South Fulton never looked back.
Harrison Hawks had a stellar game with 20 points, nine assists and four steals, while Keshawn McManus recorded a double-double with 13 rebounds to go along with 12 points.
Clint Wells gave SF three players in double digits with 11 markers, while T.J. Ingram was credited with six assists.
SF 39, Stewart Co. 31 (G)
The Devilettes outscored the host club 20-8 in the second half to make up for a 23-19 halftime deficit.
Taleeah Cross led the Big Red with 23 points while Ka-lon Martin added 11 points, four rebounds and four steals.
South Fulton used a 10-5 run in the third period to take a one-point lead into the final frame.
Ensworth 52, UC 48 (G)
Outscoring the Lady Tigers by four points over the final three quarters could not make up for an eight-point deficit at the end of the first period.
Union City fell behind 15-7 after the game’s first eight minutes and then sliced points off Ensworth’s lead the rest of the way. The Lady Tornadoes trailed 27-21 at the half and were behind 42-37 by the end of the third frame.
In a battle of teams that were nearly even in physical size — the Lady Tigers more than matched up to UC with three starters of 5-10 or taller — and statistics, the game’s outcome came down to free throws.
Both squads connected on 11 2-point field goals and seven 3-pointers, but Ensworth hit 9-of-13 at the line while Union City was just 5-of-13.
Jackie Hudson scored a game-high 26 points, going over 1,000 for her career, for the Lady Twisters, while Kannesha Nichols scored 13, for Ensworth (9-1).
Tourney host Hickman County (3-7) lost 57-46 to Harding Academy in Thursday’s final opening round game.
On Saturday, the seventh-place game begins at 10 a.m., followed by the fifth-place game at 1 p.m., the third-place contest at 4 and the championship tilt at 7.
Published in The Messenger 12.28.12