|UC girls taste 1st triumph |
|The Union City girls got one. |
The Tornado boys got another one.
UC’s basketball teams swept a District 14A doubleheader at Halls Friday night, the girls winning for the first time in four games, 60-36, and the boys improving to 5-0 with a 98-71 romp over the Tigers.
The Lady Twisters conquered their early-season turnover woes in getting into the victory column, committing just 10 floor mistakes after being guilty of at least 25 in each of their first three games — all losses.
The Union City boys, meanwhile, put six players in double figures and made 12 3-pointers in recording their highest point total of the young season.
Both Tornado clubs will continue league play on Tuesday night, hosting South Fulton, before playing a second home game this week, Friday vs. Bradford.
Union City 60, Halls 36 (G)
The Lady Twisters turned the ball over just five times over the first three periods and jumped out to a 16-5 first-quarter advantage before cruising to their initial win of the 2007-08 campaign.
The trio of Doreal Strayhorn, Paige Fisher and Micah Warford took turns carrying the offensive load for the locals in the first half, one that ended with UC comfortably in front 39-16.
The difference was as big as 33 points late in the contest before reserves from both teams finished up.
Fisher led a trio of Lady Tornadoes to score in double figures with 14 points. Strayhorn was close behind with 13, and Whitney Smith made two 3-pointers in the second stanza and two more in the third frame to account for her 12 markers.
Halls was guilty of 24 turnovers in the contest.
Union City was without the services of injured players Janea Brooks (shoulder) and Brittney Mitchell (knee) for the contest.
Union City 98, Halls 71
The Twisters won their third league game in as many starts, using one of their patented spurts in every period to break open a tight matchup.
UC put together a 19-7 run to end the first period and erase a two-point deficit, then went on 11-2 runs in both the third and fourth quarters to pull away. A stretch of 11 unanswered Purple and Gold points expanded a 36-31 lead to 16 points in the second stanza.
B.J. Marshall made four of his six 3-pointers in the first period and finished with six triples and 24 points in all for the victors. MJ Brown hit for a game-high 27 markers and also dished out 10 assists.
Tony Wilkins record a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while both Ryne Simpson and Lavan Mosley hit for 11 points and Nic Brooks accounted for 10.
Pat Polk helped Union City claim a commanding 55-37 rebounding advantage by matching Wilkins’ carom total.
The Tornadoes outscored Halls 44-26 in the second half after the Tigers were within 54-45 at the intermission.
Halls hit two-thirds of its 24 2-point shots and 4-of-8 from beyond the 3-point line to stay within striking distance for two quarters.
The Tigers suffered miserably from the charity stripe, however, missing all but two of their 12 free throws.