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Slippery roads alter hoops paths

Slippery roads alter hoops paths
The Union City boys have found a dance partner to keep their legs fresh.
The No 8 Twisters, who had both Saturday’s twinbill with Henry County  canceled and Tuesday’s game against Dyer County also taken completely off the schedule, will play at Kennett (Mo.) Saturday afternoon at 4.
According to Union City boys’ coach Shane Sisco, Kennett is 15-4 on the season and ranked No. 4 in the state’s Class 3A prep rankings.
The HC outing was nixed because the Patriot teams must make up district games that have been postponed due to this year’s two snowstorms.
The Union City boys, seeded first in the 14A bracket, will return to action locally on Tuesday at home against the No. 8 seed — either South Fulton or Greenfield.
Friday’s game between Halls and SF will determine the seventh seed for the 14A tourney. If South Fulton wins, it will be No. 7 outright and G’field will be the lowest team on the 14A boys’ totem pole.
All 14A first-round games will be hosted by the higher seed.
Meanwhile, the UC girls will be on the road for the 14A tourney’s first round as will the SF girls. South Fulton could finish as high as seventh. However, the Devilettes could also end up in a tie for eighth if Halls can pull off an upset on Friday.
In that scenario, SF would play at No. 2 Greenfield in its first-round tournament game. Union City is likely to play at Humboldt, though the brackets won’t be finalized until after makeup games are played on Friday.
On a note of interest to South Fulton, Tuesday’s twinbill with Fulton City has been outright canceled. There was talk of a reschedule for the doubleheader between the two rivals, but FC was unable to get out of its Thursday evening stand-alone girls’ game at Livingston County.
The District 13AA Tournament was also affected by this week’s snowstorm. The event was slated to start on Saturday with play-in games at Obion Central, but those contests have been moved to Monday.
Now, OC has three district twinbills in three nights this week, starting with a make-up date at Westview on Thursday.
Central also hosts Dyersburg on Friday and Ripley on Saturday.
Saturday’s game is a make-up of Tuesday’s postponed game.
The TMSAA West Sectional, which is the equivalent to a state tournament for middle school teams, has also been hindered by the winter precipitation.
According to Lake County Middle School girls’ coach Ricky Newsom, the tournament will pick back up this evening with four games on tap.
The South Fulton boys play the host Falcons at 5 this afternoon in a quarterfinal game, while the Black Oak girls battle Memphis entry Lester at 7:40 tonight.
The Union City girls await the winner of the BO-Lester game in the semifinals — scheduled for Thursday. UC’s game is to begin at 7:30.
The boys “Final Four” is scheduled for Friday. If SF prevails this evening, Airways is next at 6 p.m.
Championship round play is tentatively set for Saturday with the girls’ game first although no start time has been announced. The games may start earlier if a Memphis entry is in either of the title contests.

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