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Cold Twisters fall; UC girls wake up

Cold Twisters fall; UC girls wake up
The Union City boys had nothing doing in the second half of its 85-72 loss to Dyer County.
All totaled, the Twisters, now losers of three straight after a season-opening victory, were 0-for-12 from beyond the arc during the second half as they relinquished a six-point halftime advantage at the Westview Thanksgiving Classic.
On the girls’ side, the Lady Tornadoes were victorious in their game at Westview as they mounted a second-half comeback to down the University School of Jackson 50-44.
Union City returns to action on Tuesday when it travels to Dresden for a District 14A twinbill.
Dyer Co. 85, UC 72 (B)
Ryne Simpson poured in a career-high 31 points, but it was not enough in the Tornadoes’ defeat against the Choctaws, who have gone to the Class 2A State Tournament the past two seasons.
B.J. Marshall tossed in 13 points and Antonio Cox added 11 for the Twisters (1-3) during the loss.
UC held a 49-43 advantage at halftime, but the aforementioned cold 3-point shooting turned out to be the deciding factor.
In the first half, Union City was 6-of-14 from beyond the arc.
“We shot well enough from 3-point range through the first half to have a six-point lead heading into halftime,” UC boys’ coach Shane Sisco said. “In the third quarter, it was just like it was in the Humboldt game as we put in just two baskets during our first 10 possessions.
“I think during that time they outscored us 18-4 and that was the deciding factor.”
The Twisters did pull to within five points during the final frame, but the Choctaws sank 10 of 12 free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
UC 50, USJ 44 (G)
The Lady Tornadoes looked dead and buried after USJ opened the game with 13 unanswered points and trailed by as many as 19 just before halftime and 18 (34-16) early in the third quarter before storming from behind to win for the third time in four games.
Kierra Davis stuck home a follow shot with 40 seconds to play to complete UC’s comeback.
The Lady Tornadoes had scored 15 straight points at one second-half juncture — finally shaking off the effects of a Tuesday loss to Humboldt in which teammate Brittney Mitchell suffered an ugly season-ending injury to her leg and ankle.
Mitchell underwent surgery on Wednesday for a broken bone in her leg and a dislocated ankle and will be lost for the remainder of her junior season.
“We were really timid in the first half, and I think that was due to the girls still in shock a little bit over Brittney,” Union City head coach Jeff Chandler said. “We challenged them at halftime and, once we got over the fear of playing again, I thought we did some things against them that I believe we could’ve done the whole game.”
Whitney Smith scored all 10 of her points in the second half when the Lady Tornadoes outscored USJ 34-14.
Shanesha Huff had all seven of her markers over the final two periods as well.
Labrica Ward, benched by Chandler for picking up a technical foul vs. Humboldt, led all UC scorers with 12 despite incurring foul trouble for much of the contest and seeing just 14 minutes of playing time.
Union City made 11-of-14 free throws in the fourth quarter to fuel its comeback.

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