|LC last obstacle for Lady Twisters |
|Posted: Friday, February 12, 2010 5:53 pm |
|Win or lose, the Union City Middle School girls end their season Saturday night. |
The Lady Tornadoes, who defeated Lester 35-24 in the semifinals of the TMSAA West Sectional, play host Lake County at 6:30 p.m. for the highest honor possible for a middle school team.
It is the first time that the Lady Twisters (19-1) have made it to this juncture in the postseason and the third straight season that the Lady Falcons (22-2) have advanced to the West Sectional title game.
Saturday’s contest will be the fourth time UC and LC have met this season with the locals sporting a 2-1 record against their West Tennessee Athletic Conference rival.
Union City and Lake County had finished with identical records (11-1) and split head-to-heat meetings in league regular-season play, but the latter claimed the WTAC North Division crown due to its higher margin of victory (15-12).
UC got a huge measure of revenge on Jan. 26 when it downed the Lady Falcons, 44-35, for the Area 4 championship at Fayette-West.
“I look for them to bring their best game to the court,” Lady Tornadoes’ coach Lisa Williams said. “They have the homecourt advantage and I know they’ll have a crowd there to support them.
“Call it a plea or an invitation, if you will, but I would sure love to see Union City fans of all ages piled in the stands on Saturday because not only will it be a battle on the court, it will be a battle between fans.”
On Thursday, Union City’s Jackie Hudson brought her “A” game to the battlefield with 18 points and 12 rebounds agaisnt Lester.
Kaleigh Bynum also was key for UC with six points and eight boards. Amber Fair also totaled a half-dozen tallies for the Lady Twisters, who led 18-12 at halftime.
“Amber didn’t have the offensive night that she’s capable of, but she was a good floor leader,” Williams said. “Sometimes that role is more important than the numbers. Kaleigh is toughing it out through a knee injury and I was glad to see Jackie with a solid night.
“I think she needed it and, more importantly, the team needed it.”
The semifinals of the boys’ West Sectional tourney are this evening with Lake County (16-4) set to face Airways (21-3) at 6 and Humboldt (18-4) squaring off with Memphis entry Humes (18-3) at 7:30.
LC eliminated previously-unbeaten Obion County School System champion South Fulton on Wednesday night.
The boys’ championship game will be played after the girls’ contest.