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Balancing act of UC Fair great

Balancing act of UC Fair great
Union City Middle School’s top girls’ performer in a 42-15 rout of Humboldt was much like the Fox News Channel slogan: “Fair and balanced.”
Amber Fair poured in 18 points, pulled down 10 rebounds, dished out three assists and made two steals and a like number of blocks to key her team’s triumph.
In the nightcap, H’boldt extracted a measure of revenge, downing the UC boys 37-33.
In other middle school basketball action on Thursday night, the South Fulton boys and Black Oak girls remained perfect, while Lake Road’s girls edged defending TMSAA West Sectional champion Ridgemont 35-33.
The Red Devils improved to a county-best 4-0 on the campaign with a 57-10 routing of BO. Meanwhile, the Lady Eagles claimed their second victory in as many tries this season — a 19-15 triumph over SF.
In the nightcap at R’mont, the Generals slipped past the Mustangs 29-25.
Hillcrest dropped a pair at Martin, the girls falling 45-34 and the guys going down 52-33.
The following is a roundup of Thursday’s games as reported to The Messenger by area coaches.
Union City gets split
Fair was complemented by Kaleigh Bynum, Jackie Hudson and Na’tyra King during Thursday’s lopsided West Tennessee Athletic Conference victory.
Bynum pitched in seven points and pulled down eight rebounds for the Lady Twisters (2-0, 1-0 WTAC), while Hudson and King each had five points with the former jerking down eight boards and the latter making seven steals.
For the Tornadoes (0-2, 0-1 WTAC), Marcus DeBerry led the way with 21 points, while Jamie Hyde also reached double digits with 13 points and six rebounds.
Union City returns to action on Monday night at Dyersburg. A girls’ “B” game is scheduled to take place before the varsity contests.
BO girls now 2-0
The Lady Eagles led 3-2 after one quarter, 6-4 at halftime and 14-7 with three quarters complete.
Hannah Watkins keyed Black Oak’s victory, hitting all eight of her free throws and totaling 10 points.
Ashlynn Hamm also had seven rebounds and BO coach Mack Pirtle credited Claudia Cheatham with a couple of key boards in the closing minutes.
Paxton Pair was the top contributor for the Devilettes (1-3) with five points and seven rebounds during the low-scoring affair. Sierra Coley pitched in four points for SF.
In the boys’ contest, Tymaine Strickland and Keshawn McManus led a balanced Red Devil attack with eight points apiece, while Harrison Hawks pitched in seven and Kyle Watkins added six.
The Eagles (0-2) got seven rebounds and five points from Shawn Terry. Cameron Williams also had four steals.
Black Oak goes to Northview on Tuesday, while SF hosts Union City on Thursday with a boys’ “B” scheduled.
LR sweeps R’mont
Carly Whipple was a rebound shy of a double-double with 19 points and nine caroms during Thursday’s Lady General victory.
Otherwise, Alex Wilson offered seven points and four assists for the victors, while Payton Robertson pulled down five rebounds.
The Ridgemont girls were paced by Macy McClure’s 12 points and nine rebounds, while Jessica Hobbs added eight.
For the LR boys, Kyle Edwards topped the scoring sheet with nine points and five steals, while Dylan Caudle (seven points) and John Garrett (six points) each yanked down eight rebounds.
The game was tied at 25 during the final minute when Edwards made a steal and drove to the basket for a lay-up, drawing an intentional foul in the process. Edwards made both of his free throws and Caudle added a pair of charity tosses to ice the triumph.
Korben Hagen was the top scorer for the R’mont boys with nine points, while Ben Jones put in five.
The Lake Road teams, both 1-1, host Dresden on Tuesday.
H’crest drops pair
Bryce Warner accounted for a dozen points and Chandler Fussell added nine, but it was not enough during the defeat at Martin.
In the girls’ contest, Macey McKenzie finished with a team-high 11 points and Ashlyn Runions totaled eight markers.
Hillcrest hosts Greenfield on Monday. H’crest has canceled the girls’ “B” game that was set for Monday. 

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