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Suspense no factor in Twister triumph

Suspense no factor in Twister triumph
Any suspense in the Union City-Greenfield boys’ game Tuesday night was short-lived.
The Tornadoes opened the contest with a 17-1 flurry and were never seriously challenged in recording a 92-70 triumph over the Yellowjackets.
The win kept UC’s record unblemished at 8-0, wins in all six of its District 14A games included.
The girls’ game did have some drama, but a not-so-happy ending for the Lady Tornadoes, who dropped a 37-33 decision to Greenfield.
The UC clubs continue their trek through 14A league play and Weakley County when they play at Gleason on Friday night.
UC 92, Greenfield 70 (B)
The Tornadoes forced turnovers on 12 of Greenfield’s first 15 possessions — even without using their vaunted fullcourt pressure.
“Defensively, we did an excellent job with our halfcourt defense,” Union City head coach Shane Sisco said. “I was certainly pleased with our effort and that we didn’t drag around early and came out ready to play.”
UC led by as many as 22 points before the intermission and twice by 33 in the second half before reserves played out the string.
MJ Brown tallied a team-high 22 points, with Jeremy Simpson adding 18 and Tony Wilkins 12. B.J. Marshall was a point shy of double figures with nine.
The Twisters recorded the runaway triumph despite making just 9-of-36 (25 percent) of their 3-point tries.
Greenfield 37, UC 33 (G)
Union City fell to 1-6 overall and 1-5 in league play with its third consecutive loss.
The locals had a chance to get within a single deuce in the final two minutes but couldn’t get a shot to fall after making a steal, according to head coach Jeff Chandler.
“We just couldn’t get one to go down when we needed it most,” the UC skipper said. “I thought we played hard, but we just didn’t have anyone to set up late and take over. That’s the mark of a young team.”
The Lady Tornadoes were hurt in the first half by several offensive rebounds claimed by the host squad.
G’field led 8-5 after one, 18-16 at the half and 29-27 with three periods in the books. The Lady ’Jackets attempted 11 free throws in the second half, while Union City had none.
Doreal Strayhorn scored 10 points to lead union City with Marcetta Ross adding six.

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