|Twisters homers in 14A Tourney |
|Posted: Monday, February 7, 2011 3:12 pm |
|The Union City boys will play at home on at least one more occasion. |
The Twisters clinched at least third place in District 14A’s regular-season standings — and the right to host a first-round league tournament game — with their 63-55 triumph over Halls.
Union City could finish as high as second if it defeats Trenton Tuesday in a makeup game.
If the Twisters do defeat the Tide on Tuesday, a coin flip will decide if Lake County or the locals claim the No. 2 seed for the league tourney.
“Getting the home game in the first round is a big deal for us,” UC boys’ coach Shane Sisco said. “It does make a difference to be able to play on a floor that you’re familiar with in the postseason, especially in a do-or-die situation.”
In the opener at Halls, the Union City girls coasted to a 64-43 victory.
At Troy on Friday, Obion Central procured a split with Haywood.
The Lady Rebels were victorious 62-40. Meanwhile, the OC guys fell to the Tomcats by a 64-47 count.
Other action on Friday had South Fulton swept at Greenfield.
The Devilettes fell 42-25 in the opener. The Redmen were dropped 69-59 in the nightcap.
South Fulton was to host Gleason this evening, but that game has been postponed. SF now is set to return to action on Tuesday at home against Fulton City.
UC returns to action the same evening at Trenton.
Obion Central is at Ripley on Tuesday.
Twisters sweep Halls
The postseason outlook for the Union City boys (13-14, 10-3 in 14A) continued to get better after Friday’s triumph.
“Defensively, I thought we played pretty good in the halfcourt,” Sisco said. “The last three weeks, I thought we’ve improved a lot and became more consistent.
“I think that’s why there has been improvement the second time in a lot of our district games.”
Antonio Cox poured in a Twister-best 23 points, while Peyton Mosley added 14.
UC’s Russ Smith was a point short of a double-digit outing with nine.
In the evening’s opener, the Union City girls (7-6 in 14A play) were knotted up with the Lady Tigers at 10-all after one quarter.
However, the Lady Twisters routed Halls 22-6 in the second quarter to create a deficit that the host team could not overcome.
Shenisha Huff was the leading scorer for Union City, which led by as many as 31 at one point, with 21 points.
Freshman Jackie Hudson added 15 points, while classmates Amber Fair and Brittany Parker totaled 12 tallies each.
“In the second and third quarters, we looked a lot better offensively,” Lady Twister coach Eddie Suiter said of the two middle periods when the locals bested Halls 48-21.
“We pushed the ball down the floor and created a lot of good scoring opportunities.”
OC split with H’wood
The Lady Rebels opened the second half with a 7-0 run to take the lead once and for all on Friday evening against Haywood.
Sophomore center Bra-ndi Goodman shined the brightest on a “Senior Night,” where OC started two hours earlier than usual to beat the forecasted winter weather.
Goodman finished with 25 points and 14 rebounds.
Classmate Paige Hicks also had a nice evening with 13 points, while Macy Wright was a bucket shy of twin figures with eight.
OC girls’ coach Lyle LaRue also lauded the defensive work of both Hicks and Taylor Baker in limiting Lady Tomcat leading scorer Chelsey Owens to just four points.
In the boys’ game, the game was tied 32-all at halftime.
The Tomcats more than doubled Central in the second half to gain Friday’s District 13AA triumph.
Altogether, Haywood bested OC 32-15 in the last two quarters on “Senior Night.”
Class of 2011 member Tanner Noles had a team-best 13 points, while fellow senior Jacob Wade also reached twin figures with 11 points.
Junior Drake Richards pulled down a team-best eight boards for the Rebels.
’Jackets sting SF
Ask South Fulton coaches Wes Miller and Curt Lee where Greenfield won Friday’s games and they’ll probably tell you “at the free throw line.”
The final statistics back those claims up. All totaled, the Yellowjackets were 30-of-41 from the charity stripe, while SF made just 15 trips (hitting 12 of the free throws) to the line.
Harrison Hawks totaled 12 points for South Fulton (9-15, 3-11 in 14A), while Montre Lewis offered 11 markers and Jordan Davis pitched in 10.
In the girls’ game, the Greenfield girls made 25 trips to the free throw line, while the Devilettes (13-10, 7-7 in 14A) only went to the charity stripe on seven occasions.
Ka-Lon Martin was South Fulton’s leading scorer with six points and four rebounds.
Paxton Pair pulled down six boards for SF.