UC 1st half hole too deep vs. Vikes

UC 1st half hole too deep vs. Vikes
Another slow start spelled disaster for the Union City boys against No. 3 Humboldt
For the third straight outing against the Vikings, UC had a hard time in the first half and fell by a 71-63 count.
All totaled, UC was bested 37-24 in the opening 16 minutes against Humboldt — a Class A State Tournament in each of the past two seasons.
That said, Tuesday’s result was still much better than the Dec. 14 meeting between the two squads. Humboldt routed Union City by 23 points in that contest.
In the opener, the Lady Twisters had a tough go for much of the evening, shooting under 30 percent and turning the ball over on 27 occasions in a 69-41 defeat.
The loss was a sharp contrast from the earlier game between the two school. UC owned H’boldt by a 23-point margin before Christmas
The Twister basketball squads return to the hardwood on Friday at Greenfield.
Humboldt 71, UC 63 (B)
The Vikings forced UC into 13 first-half turnovers to put the Twisters down by 13 at intermission.
The Vikes (16-2) converted those floor mistakes into 13 points on the offensive end over the first two periods to build what was at one time a 15-point cushion.
“The last three times we’ve played them — in the regional semifinals last year and then both times this season — we’ve fallen way behind in the first half,” Union City head coach Shane Sisco said after Tuesday’s loss. “In the other two games, we were down by 20 points in the first half.
“The turnovers were the key thing. We only had four in the second half and you can see the difference in the points.”
Union City (10-14, 7-3), which dropped into third place in the District 14A standings with the setback, did claw its way back into contention with a 25-15 advantage in the third period to crawl within 52-49 heading into the final frame.
The Tornadoes could never get over the hump, though, missing a chance to either tie or get within a point early in the stretch run with an errant shot from in close.
Humboldt was still up by just six with around a minute left when Sisco was assessed a technical foul.
Antonio Cox scored a game-high 27 points — four 3-pointers included — to pace UC. Russ Smith tossed in 17, while LaMarcus Allen hit for 10.
Quan Campbell led Humboldt with 24 points.
Humboldt 69, UC 41 (G)
The Lady Vikings outscored Union City 26-10 in the second quarter to build a 40-18 halftime cushion on Tuesday.
“A low shooting percentage, that many turnovers and not much effort is the formula for defeat,” UC girls’ coach Eddie Suiter said. “In the preseason, I thought our mentality was much better than it is. I didn’t think we’d take a couple step forward and then three back like we did last year.
“We’ve got the talent. We just need to work on the mental aspect of our game.”
Amber Fair was the lone Union City player to hit in double digits. The freshman post accumulated 19 markers.
Kierra Davis was next in line with seven points, while Shenisha Huff had six for the Lady Twisters (10-10, 6-4).

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