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Twisters, OC gals maintain ratings

Twisters, OC gals maintain ratings
So far, so good.
Just a day after being ranked in this season’s initial Associated Press prep poll, both the Union City boys and Obion Central girls came away with victories on Tuesday evening.
The No. 10 Twisters (Class A) routed Halls 71-49, while the OC girls (sixth in Class AA) bested Dyersburg 78-66.
The Union City boys’ victory came after their female counterparts shellacked Halls 77-22 in the evening’s opener.
At D’burg, the Rebel boys weren’t as fortunate during a 72-54 loss.
In other action on Tuesday, South Fulton dropped both ends of a twinbill at Greenfield with the local girls falling 57-37 and the Obion County boys on the wrong end of a 84-52 final.
UC sweeps Halls
The Tornadoes rebounded from a poorly-played first half to dominate over the final two periods and win going away.
After making just 2-of-16 from 3-point range and committing 11 turnovers, UC (12-8, 6-1 in District 14A) made 4-of-9 treys and had just one turnover in a third period in which it outscored Halls 25-9.
Antonio Cox made three of his four 3-pointers in that third quarter flurry.
Union City, which forced 11 floor mistakes in the third stanza alone and pushed the Tigers into 31 turnovers in all, then opened the fourth quarter with an 8-0 run to put Halls away.
In all, the locals outscored the hometeam 41-16 in the final 16 minutes after trailing 33-30 at the intermission.
Cox led a balanced scoring attack with 14 points, while Tyler Steward chipped in with 10. Josh Battee was a point shy of double figures with nine markers.
In the girls’ game, four Lady Twisters finished in twin figures. Kierra Davis topped that list with 14 markers, while Whitney Smith and Micah Warford each offered 13 markers.
Shenisha Huff also hit on double digits with 12 points.
“We’ve been looking for a confidence builder like this for a while. I hope it’ll make us do more than just feel good,” UC coach Eddie Suiter said.
The victory was just the second for the Lady Twisters in their last nine outings.
Union City (7-13, 2-5) was up 31-7 after one quarter and 53-14 at intermission.
Central splits at D’burg
The Lady Rebels (15-3, 7-1 in District 13AA) held a cushy 34-9 lead after one period of play.
However, OC girls’ coach Lyle LaRue wasn’t satisfied with his team’s inability to deliver a knockout punch during the 12-point victory.
“We had a big lead after the first quarter and, instead of finishing the game, we put it in cruise control,” LaRue said. “We really quit defending and rebounding and that let them get too close.”
Texas signee Chassidy Fussell moved closer to the No. 2 spot on the Obion Central all-time scoring list with a 35-point effort.
Fussell is now 66 points behind Cortney Neeley (2,164).
Macy Wright also found her way to twin figures on Tuesday with 21 markers, while Paige Hicks added eight and Mackenzie Tucker gave seven.
In the boys’ game, the Rebels were down 16-0 after one quarter, 30-19 at halftime and 48-34 with three periods complete.
Travis Daniel paced OC with 16 points and nine rebounds.
For the game, the Rebels (5-12, 1-7 in 13AA) had 23 turnovers.
OC hosts Crockett County on Friday.
South Fulton drops pair
Ahead by 14 at halftime (30-16), the No. 4 Lady Yellowjackets put SF away in the third quarter.
In said canto, Greenfield outscored South Fulton (5-11, 1-6 in 14A) 14-3 to build a 25-point cushion heading into the final frame.
Taleeah Cross led the Devilettes with 11 points and six rebounds, while Ka-lon Martin accounted for 10 points, five rebounds and three steals.
Paxton Sisson also added five points and a like number of rebounds.
“The third quarter was the one that killed us,” SF girls’ coach Curt Lee explained. “They put 14 points on us at a time when we were already down and we got just three.”
Lee also told of two new additions to his high school roster following Tuesday’s loss.
Eighth-graders Paxton Pair and Haeven Sisson have both been moved up prior to the completion of the middle school season.
In the boys’ game, Greenfield pulled out to an 18-6 lead after one quarter and never looked back.
Jonathan Avent poured in 31 points for South Fulton (2-14, 0-7 in 14A), while Montre Lewis came through with 11.
Yellowjacket Wes Clark had a game-best 35 points.

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