Messenger Sports Briefs for Jan. 7

Messenger Sports Briefs for Jan. 7

Skyhawks snap skid
behind Weddle’s 17

MARTIN (AP) — Former Union City High School standout Marquis Weddle scored 17 points and Djero Riedewald added 15 to help UT-Martin snap a losing skid with a 63-49 victory over Samford on Saturday.
The Skyhawks (6-9, 2-3 Ohio Valley), who were averaging a conference-high 77.3 points per game, shot 52 percent from the field.
Weddle finished 6-for-11 from the field with a 3-of-8 evening from beyond the arc.
The team’s leading scorer Lester Hudson, who was averaging 27.6 points per game, was kept to only 13.
Josh Bedwell hit six 3-pointers and scored 20 overall to lead Samford (6-7, 3-2). But he was the only Bulldog with double-digit points.
UT Martin took an early lead in the first half, but a trio of 3-pointers by Samford brought them as close as they would get all night at 24-22 with 2:36 left.

OC freshman girls
take Saturday pair

The Obion County freshman girls were 2-for-2 with a pair of wins Saturday in the Graves County (Ky.) Shootout.
In the first game, OC survived 43-38 against Calloway County.
Meanwhile, in game No. 2, Central handled Reidland 40-26.
The Lady Rebels held a 12-point lead at one point in the first game with the lead being cut to three points late in the outing, due to 10 turnovers in the final period by the locals.
OC was aided in the second game by horrible free throw shooting by the Lady Greyhounds.
Reidland ended the game 4-of-16 from the charity stripe.

No luck for Irish
in loss to Lady Vols

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Tennessee coach Pat Summitt thinks losing to Stanford may have been just what the third-ranked Lady Volunteers needed.
Since then, the Lady Vols have put together back-to-back complete-game efforts, beating No. 15 DePaul by 34 on Wednesday and No. 14 Notre Dame 87-63 on Saturday.
Angie Bjorklund matched a career high with seven 3-pointers for 21 points and Candace Parker added 20 points to pace the Lady Vols. Bjorklund said the Irish left her wide open because they were double- and triple-teaming Parker.
“I think it helps to have five players out there on the court every time who can score,” Bjorkland said.
Still, Bjorklund was surprised how wide open the Irish left her. So was Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw.
“I think if I was that open I’d probably make them, too,” she said. “It’s a little easier when nobody’s around you.”
The Lady Vols (12-1) took control from the start, forcing the Irish out of their normally pressing defense by making their first four 3-pointers, three of them by Bjorklund. Tennessee used a 22-2 run midway through the first half to open a 30-10 lead and were in control throughout.

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