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UC girls better on Sisco’s watch

UC girls better on Sisco’s watch
Shane Sisco took his turn on the Union City girls’ bench Thursday night.
And while the effort was considerably better, the end result was all-too familiar.
Sixth-ranked Greenfield outscored UC 40-22 in the second half to rally for a 70-56 victory over Union City in a makeup game rescheduled in the aftermath of last week’s inclement weather.
The loss was the Union City ladies’ fourth straight and eighth in their last 10 games.
The No. 5 Tornado boys salvaged a split of the District 14A doubleheader in the nightcap with a 77-48 romp.
UC will celebrate homecoming tonight and wrap up regular season district play when Halls visits. Presentation of the court and crowning of the queen will take place at halftime of the boys’ game.
Union City can wrap up the 14A title and the top seed in the upcoming postseason tournament on the boys’ side with a victory over the Tigers tonight. The Twisters (17-9, 11-2) won a coin toss with Humboldt on Wednesday to gain the advantage in event of a tie — a likely occurrence should both teams win out in league play.
The Tornadoes will play at home in their first round district tourney game on Feb. 16, against either South Fulton or Greenfield.
The UC girls are locked into the No. 6 slot and will play their opening round postseason game on the road vs. the No. 3 seed on Feb. 15.
The semifinals and finals of the tournament will be played at Trenton Peabody High School.
Greenfield 70, UC 56 (G)
With head coach Eddie Suiter serving the second of a state-mandated two-game suspension after being ejected from the Bradford game last week, Sisco stepped in and led the Lady Tornadoes to one of their better halves of the season.
UC, which turned in a lackluster effort on Tuesday in a 41-point loss to fifth-ranked Lake County, led Greenfield 34-30 at the intermission behind the efforts of Micah Warford (11 points), Shenisha Huff (10) and Whitney Smith (9).
The season-long turnover bug bit the Lady Twisters in the third period, though, with three straight floor mistakes part of an eight-turnover stretch. During that time, the Yellowjackets scored 10 unanswered points to break a 41-all tie for a 10-point lead.
Union City got no closer than eight the rest of the way.
“The girls really played hard,” Sisco said. “The turnovers got us there in the third quarter, but I can’t fault their effort at all.”
Huff finished with 19 points, and Warford 16.
Katie McCall led Greenfield (20-3, 11-2) with a game high 28 markers.
UC 77, Greenfield 48 (B)
A 23-1 explosion after the Yellowjackets had scored the game’s first four points propelled Union City to a runaway victory.
It was 36-16 at halftime and the Twisters led by as many as 36 points in the second half, prompting Sisco to empty his bench and the mercy rule to come into play.
Rakim Gaston continued his excellent play of late, leading UC with 16 points off the bench. Tyler Steward added 11, Josh Battee pitched in 10 and Antonio Cox was just a point away from double digits with nine markers.

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