Twister defense makes difference

Twister defense makes difference
It was different this time around.
For the Union City boys that was a good thing.
The Twisters needed only four quarters to dispose of Greenfield in the second meeting between the two teams this season, besting the Yellowjackets 67-50 on Friday evening.
On Dec. 17, Union City needed overtime to beat G’field by five points.
“I think the biggest difference was our defense,” Twister coach Shane Sisco said, while touting a unit that forced 17 Greenfield turnovers and limited the Weakley Countians to a lowly three offensive rebounds. “I think the last couple of weeks we have been improving on defense. Lamonte Dickerson did a good job on the (Wes) Clark kid.
“He had been averaging 20 or so and we held him to nine with only two field goals and five free throws.”
Meanwhile, the UC girls, who prevailed the first time around, were not as fortunate in a 54-47 defeat on Friday on the Lady Yellowjackets’ homecourt.
Union City plays its final regular season home twinbill of the season on Tuesday against Lake County.
Both Twister teams will celebrate Senior Night at halftime of their respective contests.
UC also is in action on Friday evening at Halls.
The Union City girls also play on Saturday evening in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Obion Central.
The Lady Twisters are set to battle Brighton.
UC 67, G’field 50 (B)
Union City (11-14, 8-3 in 14A) was ahead by as many as 23 points in the fourth quarter on Friday evening.
Greenfield was only able to shrink its deficit to seven points at one point in the second half.
At that point, back-to-back Twister buckets put the locals well on their way to a victory.
Senior Antonio Cox bottomed a trio of 3-point baskets and topped the UC scorebook with 21 points, while classmate Tyler Steward also hit in twin figures with 18.
Twister big man Peyton Mosley was a point shy of double digits with nine markers.
For the evening, Union City was impressive from the charity stripe, hitting 24  of its 30 free throws against the Yellowjackets.
UC was ahead 17-9 after one quarter, 34-24 at halftime and 55-39 with three periods complete.
G’field 54, UC 47 (G)
The Lady Yellowjackets made the most out of their advantage at the charity stripe.
All totaled, G’field was 25-of-34 from the free throw line.
Meanwhile, Union City attempted just a dozen shots from the foul line — hitting half of those.
UC freshman Amber Fair poured in a game-high 29 points for the Lady Twisters (10-11, 6-5 in 14A), while classmate Jackie Hudson offered 15 tallies during the defeat.
Greenfield’s Jordan Galey totaled 25 points and was a perfect 14-for-14 from the charity stripe.
“I thought we played hard and gave a good defensive effort, but we had a problem scoring,” Lady Twister coach Eddie Suiter said. “We cut our turnovers and played what I think was our hardest-fought game in the last two weeks.
“I hope we have found seven or eight kids that want to play hard the rest of the way.”

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