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UC breathes easy in rout at Dresden

UC breathes easy in rout at Dresden
After surviving back-to-back showdowns against fellow Top 4 state-ranked opponents unscathed, unbeaten Union City got a breather Friday night at Dresden.
The No. 1-rated Tornadoes — with victories over second-ranked Humboldt and No. 4 Lake County in their previous two games — ran their perfect record to 19-0 and won for the 33rd straight time in District 14A play with a 92-45 blowout of the Lions.
The UC girls, though, saw a fourth quarter rally that forced overtime go for naught when Dresden outscored the Lady Tornadoes 10-2 in the four extra minutes to hand the local lasses a 51-43 loss.
The Twisters boys easily outclassed Dresden in the nightcap, forcing 35 turnovers and using reserves the final 11 minutes of the contest that saw the 35-point mercy rule invoked in the final period.
The Union City girls saw the Lady Lions use a huge free throw line advantage to send them to their 11th loss in 12 district games.
UC’s teams will be back at home Tuesday night, hosting Halls in a 14A twinbill.
UC 92, Dresden 45 (B)
Already comfortably ahead 50-27 at the half, the Tornadoes opened the third period with a 15-2 flurry to officially put away the host team.
Fourteen of the 15 Union City players to dress scored.
Though head coach Shane Sisco called off his team’s fullcourt pressure in the third quarter, the Twisters still finished with 25 steals.
UC also rediscovered its shooting touch from the perimeter, hitting 15-of-41 from 3-point range.
Andre Coby, MJ Brown, Nick Brooks and Tony Wilkins scored 13 points apiece to lead the Tornado scoring list.
Dresden 51, UC 43 (G)
The Lady Twisters erased a nine-point deficit early in the fourth quarter but missed out on two chances to take the lead late in regulation.
The second of two Allison McCullough free throws with seven seconds remaining did force an overtime.
In that extra session, Dresden hit 7-of-8 free throws and UC scored just one field goal over a four-minute span.
A huge foul line advantage was instrumental in the Lady Lions’ triumph as they made 14-of-19 in the second half and through the OT period, while Union City was just 1-of-3 during that same time.
The Lady Tornadoes were down 18-6 after one and 28-19 at the half after Stefanie Riggs hit four of her five 3-pointers.
Shenisha Huff scored all seven of her points in the fourth quarter to key UC’s rally and Brittney Mitchell also had a key bucket as the Twister girls outscored Dresden 12-5 in the final eight minutes of regulation.
McCullough scored a team-high 12 points to lead Union City, while Marcetta Ross chipped in with nine.

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