earns OVC honor
UT Martin’s Lester Hudson was named the Ohio Valley Conference’s Co-Player of the Week for his efforts last week against Tennessee State, Eastern Illinois and Morehead State.
Hudson shared the weekly honor with Murray State’s Bruce Carter.
Hudson, the nation’s No. 2 scorer, earned player of the week honors for the third time this season after helping UTM to a 2-1 record last week. Hudson averaged 29.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.7 steals per week in road wins over Tennessee State and Eastern Illinois and a last-second home loss to Morehead State.
Carter averaged 24.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game last week as he led Murray State to victories over the top two teams in the OVC standings. Carter hit 55.8 percent (19-of-34) from the field and 50 percent (6-of-12) from 3-point range in a 79-51 road win over Southeast Missouri and 82-70 home court victory over Austin Peay.
UCMS girls thumped
from WTAC tourney
Union City girls’ were one-and-done in the West Tennessee Athletic Conference’s postseason jayvee basketball tournament.
The Lady Tornadoes (4-11) fell 41-23 to Ripley Monday night.
Anna Moore paced UC, which trailed 26-9 at intermission, with nine points.
The Lady Twisters return to action against Fayette West in the first round of the Small School Area Tournament at Lake County on Jan. 24.
Twister frosh boys
fall at Dyersburg
A 32-28 halftime lead evaporated in the second half of the Union City freshman boys’ 68-65 loss at Dyersburg Monday night.
Three Twisters finished in double digits with LaMarcus Allen leading the way with 16 points and Tyler Steward-Crume and Antonio Cox pitching in 13 each.
The UC frosh boys (7-6) host Humboldt Thursday at 6 p.m.
Pair of UT signees
enter school early
KNOXVILLE (AP) — Two Tennessee football signees have entered school a semester early and will participate in spring practice.
The university says linebacker Austin Johnson and running back Tauren Poole have graduated high school and were admitted to Tennessee for the spring semester. They will be with the team when spring practice begins March 11.
Johnson is a 6-foot-3, 240-pound native of Hickory, N.C. He was named an all-state player in 2006 and 2007 while at Hickory High School. Rivals.com rated him as the ninth-best fullback prospect in the country.
Poole is a 5-foot-10, 195-pound native of Toccoa, Ga. He was the career rushing and touchdown leader at Stephens County High School. Pool was rated by Rivals.com as the country’s 25th-best running back prospect.