|No. 3 seed planted for both UC teams
|Posted: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 5:23 pm
|Both Union City teams now know where they stand in regards to the upcoming District 14A Tournament.
The Twisters finished the regular season in third place as did their female counterparts after a twinbill split at Trenton on Tuesday.
The UC girls bested Trenton 57-40 in the opener, while the Twisters fell 57-54 in the nightcap.
The Lady Twisters got third despite being in a tie with Bradford with both teams sporting 8-6 league records due to a victory over a higher-rated opponent (Greenfield).
The Obion Central boys also found out when they would begin play in the District 13AA Tournament after a 77-53 defeat to Ripley.
With the loss, OC is locked in as either the eighth or ninth seed in the league. Thus, the Central boys (10-16, 3-12 in 13AA) will battle Milan in the play-in game on Saturday at Dyersburg.
In Tuesday’s opener at Ripley, the Lady Rebels claimed their 11th consecutive triumph — a 69-57 decision over the host squad.
Both Obion Central teams finish the regular season on Friday evening at Dyersburg.
The Lady Rebels enter play as the No. 3 Class 2A team in the state, while D’burg is ranked fifth on the same list.
The Union City boys return to action on Saturday in a stand-alone game at Charleston, Mo. Tipoff for the varsity contest is set for 4 p.m. A jayvee outing is set to tip off at 2.
Weather permitting, the quarterfinals of each league’s girls’ district tournament is set for Monday. Boys’ quarterfinal action for both districts is slated for next Tuesday.
Union City will host a game on both Monday (girls) and Tuesday (boys).
The Obion Central girls won’t know their opening-round opponent until at least Saturday.
The OC girls are to host the winner of Saturday’s 13AA Tournament play-in game — which will pit Crockett County against either Ripley or Milan — on Monday.
UC splits at Trenton
The Lady Twisters never gave Trenton a chance on Tuesday night.
Union City jumped on the Lady Tide 17-3 in the first quarter and led 30-15 at intermission.
“The biggest stats were that we scored 22 points off of turnovers and we outrebounded them 24-13 in the first half,” Suiter said.
UC freshman Jackie Hudson accumulated a team-high 20 points, while senior Shenisha Huff totaled 12 and Amber Fair added 11.
Amber Moore pitched in eight for the Lady Twisters (13-12).
In the nightcap, Antonio Cox led Union City (13-15, 10-4 in 14A) with 15 points, while Russ Smith also hit in double digits with 11. Also, UC’s LaMarcus Allen totaled nine, while Tyler Steward offered eight.
“If we don’t do a better job of rebounding, our postseason stint will be short,” Sisco said. “We gave up too many offensive rebounds. They had 15. If we can keep that number to under 10, we win this ball game.”
All totaled, Trenton shot 28 free throws, while the Twisters were at the charity stripe on only nine occasions.
OC splits at Ripley
A 13-0 run in the second half helped the Lady Rebels erase a seven-point deficit and gain Tuesday’s triumph.
Brandi Goodman had a team-best 22 points for Central (27-3, 15-0 in 13AA), while Macy Wright offered 14 and Mackenzie Tucker accounted for 11. Paige Hicks was a marker shy of double digits with nine.
“It’s the same story as the last time we played them,” OC girls’ coach Lyle LaRue said. “Foul trouble messed up our substitution pattern and their best player got loose and we couldn’t stop her for a stretch.”
The player LaRue was referring to — Tenishia Maclin — poured in a game-high 34 points.
In the nightcap, Rebel coach Bill Kail went with a younger contingent of players in the second half and he was somewhat satisfied with the result.
“I thought our younger guys played good in the second half,” Kail said. “It seemed like our intensity wasn’t there in the first half, though. The first quarter was bad. I think they got up on us 12-2.
“I don’t know if it was because we were out of school for snow or what it was, but we had a slow start.”
Bryan Morris had an Obion Central-high 11 points, while Mike Klein busted a trio of 3-point baskets and finished with nine tallies.
Senior Joshua Gale had eight points for the Rebels.