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Lady Trojans fall to Lady Rebs in OT

Monday, January 21, 2013

Dyersburg's Kenya Jordan makes a strong move to the basket during the 94-85 overtime loss to Obion County on Friday at DHS.
Entering Friday's District 13AA showdown with Obion County on its home court, Dyersburg had the chance to move up in the district standings. Also on the line was a chance to end a rather dominating run by the Lady Rebs.

When the contest was over, the Lady Trojans remained in fourth place in the district and the Obion County mastery over Dyersburg continued.

But it wasn't easy.

The two squads battled from the opening tip and throughout the contest, needing an extra period before the Lady Rebs pulled away in overtime to secure a 94-85 victory.

Afterward, Dyersburg head coach Randy Coffman had no excuses for why his team couldn't get over the hump, instead giving credit to the Lady Rebs while still finding room to credit his squad for the tremendous effort witnessed throughout the game.

"That was a heavyweight battle between two good basketball teams and we just came up a little short, plain and simple," said Coffman. "They have a lot of weapons over there, but I can't say enough about the resiliency and effort out of our kids. They gave it all they had and I couldn't ask any more out of them than what they gave tonight."

The offensive explosion from both teams that resulted in 179 total points also saw both teams take plenty of shots. The Lady Trojans finished the game connecting on 29-of-89 attempts from the field that included a 12-of-40 clip from 3-point range. Obion County on the other hand took far less shots but made more, finishing 32-of-68 and 6-of-16 from long range.

At the charity stripe, Dyersburg suffered through a 15-30 performance while the Lady Rebs were solid, draining 23-of-31 for 74 percent. OC led the rebounding battle as well, finishing with 49 compared to 42 for the Lady Trojans.

Myah Taylor led Dyersburg until leg cramps took over in the extra period, one Taylor watched from the bench. The talented sophomore finished with 23 points and 15 rebounds. Teammate Chari Swift fouled out in the fourth quarter, but not before making a solid contribution with 16 points, seven boards and seven steals.

Just missing double figures for Dyersburg were Sydney Coffman and Christina Moore. Both players finished with nine points each, while Emily Bennett chipped in with seven.

One of those Obion County weapons Coffman spoke of after the game, and perhaps the most important piece of the Lady Rebel puzzle, was University of Memphis signee Brandi Goodman.

When things got tough as Dyersburg pulled ahead on several different occasions during the game, Obion County went to Goodman. The result was a 38-point, 20-rebound performance by the senior, one that paced the Lady Rebs and helped to improve Obion County's record to 17-6 overall and 8-2 in district play.

While Goodman was the horse that pulled the OC wagon across the finish line, teammate Paige Hicks was solid as well, finishing the game with 24 points that included 12 in the fourth quarter alone. Hicks was solid at the line in the fourth too, draining 7-of-8 at the charity stripe. Shannon Wiggins also finished in double figures for OC with 13 points, with 11 of those coming in the fourth quarter.

The Lady Trojans trailed 20-19 with 4:47 left in the half before back-to-back 3-pointers from Coffman and Bennett pushed Dyersburg in front 25-20. The lead was short-lived however when Goodman scored on consecutive trips from the paint and teammate Rachel Jones sank two free throws to put OC back in front, 26-25.

The seesaw battle continued over the final four minutes of the half. It appeared Dyersburg would head to the half no worse than tied when Kim Tate tickled the twine from the top of the key to put the Lady Trojans in front 32-20 with 1:45 to play.

OC stood firm however to close out the half. Goodman had back-to-back baskets in the paint before a 3-pointer from Paige Hicks at the buzzer capped a 6-0 run to close the half, lifting OC in front at the break 37-32.

Dyersburg rallied in the third to take a 48-46 lead after three quarters, but the contest was far from over. OC overcame the deficit and led 58-57 before a 7-0 run increased the lead to 65-57 with three minutes to play.

When Dyersburg could have folded, they instead decided to resume the fight. A 3-pointer from Taylor with two minutes to play cut the lead to 67-62, before a 3-pointer from Swift brought the Lady Trojans even closer at 67-65.

OC led 75-72 in the final 30 seconds when, after a turnover by Goodman, Swift made a mad dash to the basket to make it 75-74 with 14 seconds remaining. With seven seconds remaining, Wiggins was fouled. After making one of two at the stripe to give OC a 76-74 lead, Dyersburg inbounded the ball and it went to Jordan.

Showing no fear, Jordan raced into the paint and flipped a shot off the backboard to knot the game at 76-76 and force overtime.

Unfortunately for Dyersburg, with Swift on the bench after fouling out, and Taylor unable to play due to cramps, the Lady Rebs waltzed through the extra period and earned the nine-point victory to snap Dyersburg's six-game winning streak.

"There are some girls really hurting in that locker room and as much as we hate to lose, to see that passion in the eyes of our kids leads me to believe that we're going to be OK," added Coffman. "Our kids never quit and I can't say enough about what that means to me as a coach. Though we didn't play our best, I saw a lot of positives."

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