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UC surges finish off Dresden

UC surges finish off Dresden
It’s not how you start, but how you finish.
And once the Union City boys got started, Dresden was finished.
A 34-8 explosion over a seven-minute span in the second quarter erased a 15-point deficit and sent the Tornadoes on to an 88-60 romp over the Lions Tuesday night.
The nightcap victory followed a 51-43 UC girls’ victory in which the Lady Twisters outscored Dresden 17-7 in the fourth period to win for the fourth time in five games.
Both Union City teams are now 1-1 in league play heading into another district twinbill Friday at home vs. Halls.
The Tornado boys, who’d lost three in a row for the first time since the 2002-03 season coming in, erased that mini-streak and a woeful first nine minutes with their aforementioned blitz that ultimately was a 43-point turnaround with the final tally.
B.J. Marshall had 18 of his game-high 26 points in the first half and 3-pointers by Antonio Cox and Tyler Steward-Crume finished off the second-quarter flurry.
Union City had dug itself a deep hole early as it made just 3-of-14 field goal attempts and committed 10 turnovers among its first 22 possessions.
Over the rest of the way, however, the Twisters hit 10-of-24 from beyond the arc and were guilty of just four floor mistakes while forcing the Lions into 27 turnovers with varying degrees of pressure.
Up 42-31 at the half, UC more than doubled that difference by scoring the first 13 points of the third period — capped by Marshall’s trey.
Tornado head coach Shane Sisco emptied his bench in the final three minutes with the outcome well in hand.
Josh Battee showed signs of snapping out of his early-season shooting slump and finished with a career-high 15 points for the winners, while Ryne Simpson added 12 to give Union City three double-figure scores with Cox one short of that status with nine markers.
UC 51, Dresden 43 (G)
The Lady Twisters showed another flare for the dramatics as they completed their second consecutive come-from-behind victory.
Union City trailed for much of the first three quarters — by as many as eight at one juncture — before finally knotting the game up at 36-all heading into the last period.
Shenisha Huff drained a trifecta early in the fourth quarter to put UC ahead for the first time — and for good — as the locals did not trail again.
Micah Warford’s stickback bucket tied the game at 36 before Huff’s trifecta
Doreal Strayhorn and Labrica Ward were tied for the top spot in the scoring summary for the Lady Twisters (4-1, 1-1 14A) with 11 points each.
Otherwise, Huff tossed in a total of eight markers and Warford was responsible for seven points.
Dresden did cut the lead to three points with less than a minute remaining, but UC made 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch to secure the district triumph.
Dresden is now 3-3 in all games and 1-1 in district play.

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