Twisters, SF gals in area title tilts, West Sectional

Twisters, SF gals in area title tilts, West Sectional
The Union City boys and South Fulton girls are taking it to the next level.
Both teams advanced to the TMSAA West Sectional with triumphs on Monday evening and, in the process, punched tickets to their respective area tournament finales.
The 17-0 Twister boys — who defeated host school Three Oaks by a 64-41 count on Monday — play Fayette-East tonight at 7:30 for the Area 4 Tournament championship.
Meanwhile, the SF girls downed Paris Inman 39-28 on Monday night to advance to the Area 5 Tournament title game.
The Devilettes will next battle Martin, which ended Hillcrest’s season in a 42-40 decision in Monday’s other semifinal.
Thursday’s Area 5 girls’ championship contest is scheduled for tipoff at 6 p.m. inside the SF gym.
The other two teams involved in the Area 5 Tournament’s semifinals also saw their campaigns closed on Monday evening. Martin bested the Lake Road boys by a 42-18 margin, while H’crest was routed 45-10 by Paris Inman.
The bracket for the West Sectional will be released later this week. UC boys’ coach Ronald Ward told that the coaches of the teams advancing to the event will meet at 11 Thursday morning to finalize the bracket for the tournament set to begin on Saturday.
The following is a roundup of Monday’s games as reported to The Messenger.
BOYS
UC 64, Three Oaks 41
All five of Union City’s starters finished in twin figures during a balanced triumph.
Three of those players had double-doubles. Malik Stockdale topped the UC statistical summary with 16 points and 15 rebounds, while Donte Simpson offered a dozen points and a like number of boards. Simpson also dished out seven assists.
Additionally, Marcus Deberry totaled 14 markers and 10 caroms, while James Mays and Joe Williams each accounted for 10 points.
The Twisters led 39-18 at halftime.
Martin 42, Lake Rd. 18
Lake Road (10-6) had Brett Jackson as its leading contributor with four points and six rebounds during the defeat to the Panthers.
Martin plays Paris Inman at SF on Thursday in the Area 5 Tournament championship game.
Inman 45, H’crest 10
The Cougars (4-12) were guilty of 19 turnovers against the Bulldogs, who have won two of the last three Area 5 Tournament titles.
Bryce Warner paced Hillcrest with five points, while Cain Aaron had three and Jeremy Underwood added two.
GIRLS
SF 39, Inman 28
The Devilettes outscored Paris Inman 16-6 in the final frame, hitting 14 straight free throws in the fourth quarter en route to Monday’s win.
Sierra Coley was a point shy of accounting for half of South Fulton’s offensive output with 18 markers.
Carmen Hutchins was also key for the Devilettes (18-1) with five points, seven rebounds and five steals.
Though only responsible for two points, Sydney Easterwood did her part with 10 steals and six boards.
Martin 42, H’crest 40
Teacher vs. student went the way of the pupil, but by just a bucket.
Lady Panther coach Bethany Palmer, an Obion Central product who served as an assistant to Hillcrest mentor Travis Johnson, saw her team hold off the Lady Cougars after the team had tied the game at 30-all heading into the final quarter.
Hillcrest (10-6) was behind 23-13 at halftime.
Allye Payton pitched in a dozen for the Lady Cougars, while Morgan Jones offered nine.

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