|Most UC boys score in rout of Gleason |
|The more the merrier. |
Fifteen of the 18 players who dressed scored as the Union City boys won their ninth game without a loss with an 85-55 rout of Gleason Friday night.
The Tornadoes were largely untested, bolting to a 24-2 lead and coasting the rest of the way.
The UC girls, meanwhile, continued their struggles, dropping a 45-29 decision to the reigning Class 1A state champion Lady Bulldogs.
The girl Twisters failed to score in double figures in any of the four quarters in falling to 1-7 overall and 1-6 in District 14A results.
Both Union City squads will be back in action tonight in their final home games before the holiday break when Trenton comes to town.
The Tornado teams will play in separate pre-Christmas tournaments later in the week, the girls participating Wednesday through Friday in the “National Guard 12 Games of Christmas” event at Trigg County, Ky. and the boys playing in the Battle for the State at David Lipscomb University in Nashville Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The following is a recap of Friday’s games at Gleason.
Union City 85, Gleason 55 (B)
UC’s starters played only limited minutes against the 1-9 Bulldogs, who are still looking for their first win after seven district games.
In fact, after expanding on their already-commanding 39-19 halftime lead to 55-22 midway through the third period, the Twisters played five freshmen and three sophomores over the final 12 minutes of the contest.
UC forced 12 first-quarter turnovers and were not tested thereafter, despite shooting just 3-of-18 from 3-point range in the first half. The locals did make 4-of-6 from beyond the arc to start the second half.
Andre Coby was the only Twister to reach double figures with 18 points. Freshmen Tyler Steward-Crume and Antonio Cox were a bucket away from twin digits with eight markers.
Gleason 45, Union City 29 (G)
Down by a dozen (27-15) at the half, the Lady Tornadoes scored the first seven points of the third period to creep to within five but never could mount a consistent offensive attack thereafter.
The fundamentally-sound Gleason ladies (6-4, 5-2) were a perfect 14-of-14 from the free throw line in the first half when they built their aforementioned 12-point intermission cushion. For the game, the Lady Bulldogs missed just one of 20 attempts from the charity stripe.
Doreal Strayhorn was the high scorer for Union City with eight points, while Allison McCullough, Paige Fisher and Shanisha Huff tallied five apiece.
Riley Auvenshine (17) and Jenna Frazier (13) combined to outscore the locals for the victors.