|Both fighting UC teams felled |
|Posted: Tuesday, December 30, 2008 2:25 pm |
|The Union City girls put up a good fight against unbeaten Westview. |
The Tornado boys, meanwhile, keep fighting themselves.
Both UC teams came out on the short end of things in respective holiday tournaments on Monday, the girls dropping a tough 79-70 decision to host Westview in the 44th annual Martin Lions Club Tournament and the Twister boys beaten 56-46 by McGavock in the Murray Bank Holiday Classic at Calloway County High School.
Each Union City entry will play its final game of 2008 today in those events.
The UC girls will face Madison Academic at 4 p.m. for third place in the Lions Club tourney, while the Tornado boys played a seventh-place contest against either Joppa (Ill.) or Cincinnati Country Day School at 11 a.m.
The two UC clubs will then take a week off before opening the second half of their seasons Jan. 6 at Trenton.
The following is a recap of Monday’s action as reported to The Messenger.
Westview 79, UC 70 (G)
The Lady Chargers remained unbeaten and earned a spot in the tourney championship, but not without being tested by UC.
Westview (14-0) shot a blistering 82 percent in the second half, yet only outscored the Lady Tornadoes by two points. Martin hit 62 percent of its shots for the entire game.
“Even though they shot it so well, we still had a chance,” Union City head coach Jeff Chandler said of his team’s effort. “We played well.”
Seemingly on the verge of being blown out after falling behind 36-20 with three minutes to go in the first half, the Twister girls ran off 11 unanswered points to climb back into contention.
UC (10-5) trailed 59-54 after three periods and was within five several times down the stretch before coming up short.
Labrica Ward scored 22 points to lead a quartet of Union City players in double figures. Marcetta Ross was next with 19, Micah Warford pitched in with 15 and Shenisha Huff added a dozen markers.
Westview’s Amber Rechis poured in 32 points to lead all scorers.
McGavock 56, UC 46 (B)
The Tornadoes’ season-long shooting woes continued and, combined with 23 turnovers, spelled another defeat for the locals.
Now 7-6, UC made just 19-of-52 field goals all totaled for 36.5 percent.
The floor mistakes, though, were even more frustrating to head coach Shane Sisco.
“The majority of them were against halfcourt man defense,” the Union City skipper claimed. “It wasn’t like they were pressuring us from end to end. I don’t know how many times we just jumped up in the air and had nothing to do with the ball.”
Union City actually appeared to be in control, up 36-25 halfway through the third quarter.
The Tornadoes scored just nine points the rest of the way, however, committing nine turnovers during that span.
McGavock, which outscored UC 19-8 over the final eight minutes, made 15-of-20 free throws during that final stanza.
B.J. Marshall led the Twisters with 14 points, Antonio Cox tallied 13 and Ryne Simpson pitched in with 11.