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UC trio writes joyful ballad

UC trio writes joyful ballad
UC trio writes joyful ballad

Union City’s Marcetta Ross eyes the rim during the Lady Twisters’ victory on Saturday.
The Union City girls’ triple threat turned out to be more than enough to eventually subdue Perry County 59-54 at the 44th annual Martin Lions’ Club Christmas Tournament.
All totaled, the Lady Twisters’ frontcourt totaled 53 points and pulled down 30 rebounds en route to the triumph.
For starters, Labrica Ward poured in a game-high 22 points and pulled down nine rebounds while also blocking five shots.
Teammate Marcetta Ross pitched in a season-high 16 points and brought down 10 caroms, while Micah Warford also turned in a double-double effort with 15 markers and 11 rebounds.
It took Union City nearly 12 minutes to get the lead, but once the locals did, they only relinquished it once — for a short spell at the beginning of the third quarter.
The Lady Vikings (8-2) were ahead by as many as eight points during the first quarter with a 25-17 advantage before a bucket and pair of free throws by Ward followed by a Ross 3-ball that cut the lead to a point.
Just a few ticks later, Doreal Strayhorn pitched in a putback deuce to give the Lady Twisters (10-4) their first lead of the evening.
After holding the lead for all but the aforementioned few seconds in the third quarter, Union City got a scare as Perry County tied the game at 50 with 5:21 remaining in the contest. However, Warford swished a freebie and Ward pitched in back-to-back layups to put the Lady Twisters back up by five.
The Lady Vikings pulled to within a point 55-54 at the 2:16 mark of the fourth quarter, but Union City put together a defensive stand that lasted the duration of the game and allowed just one shot on the basket to seal the victory.
“I thought we played a very timid game defensively up until the final two minutes,” Lady Tornadoes’ coach Jeff Chandler said. “We got aggressive then and held them to just one shot the rest of the game.
“Up until that point, I felt like we had the game in hand before they made their comeback.”
Next up for the UC girls is the tournament’s host Westview tonight at 7.
SF teams fall at Martin
Though by obviously different ways, both South Fulton teams felt the same fortune on Saturday at the Martin Lions’ Club Tournament.
The SF boys fell to the loser’s bracket of the event thanks to a 74-57 defeat to the host Westview, while their female counterparts were given the 47-45 slip by Madison Academic.
In that hotly-contested girls’ game, the Devilettes have much reason to believe they could have won the game.
After all, the SF girls (1-8) shot just 4-of-16 from the charity stripe and they turned the ball over 24 times.
Maeghan Eaves totaled 17 points for South Fulton with a trio of trifectas, while Brooke Kane also reached double digits with 11 markers.
Lauren Dowdy tossed in eight for SF.
In the boys’ loss, the Red Devils (2-7) were ahead 18-17 after a quarter, but a 19-9 Charger advantage in the second quarter gave the tourney’s host the boost they needed to gain the triumph.
Jacob Wade totaled 23 points for South Fulton, while Jonathan Avent and Montre Lewis each offered up 13.
The SF girls played Middleton at 10 this morning. The Red Devils take on Perry County at 2:30 this afternoon.
OC dropped twice in Ky.
Obion Central was treated to little hospitality in a 63-53 loss to the host team in matinee action at the Graves County Holiday Classic on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Rebels (7-5) fared better, but suffered the final same result in an 63-60 defeat to Stone Memorial on Saturday evening.
OC led 47-42 with three quarters remaining, but the host outscored the county locals 21-6 in the final canto to earn the 10-point victory.
During the defeat to GC, Brandon Smith totaled a team-high 14 points, while Nick Gilliam contributed a dozen markers and pulled down nine caroms.
In the loss to SM, Brandon King totaled a team-high 18 points on 7-for-9 shooting to account for the only OC play in double digits. Otherwise notable was Brady Boucher’s 10 rebounds.
The Rebels return to action at Graves County this evening at 6 against Heath.
Murray Bank Holiday Classic
Hopkinsville 69, UC 57 (B)
The Tornadoes’ shooting struggles continued as they made just 19-of-60 (31.6 percent) in falling to the loser’s bracket of the tourney being played at Calloway County High School.
“We just couldn’t score,” UC head coach Shane Sisco said. “Our effort was good. We had our opportunities, we just didn’t make shots.”
The Twisters (7-5) led 14-13 after one, but trailed 28-25 at the half and by as many as nine (40-31) in the third period. A run of nine straight markers drew Union City even, and and the locals trailed just by just one in the latter stages of the quarter before entering the stretch run down 44-40.
Hopkinsville made back-to-back 3-pointers though, and then hit 10-of-13 free throws down the stretch while UC was continuing to struggle from the field to pull away.
Ryne Simpson had 19 points and nine rebounds to pace the Tornadoes, while teammate B.J. Marshall recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 caroms.

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