Big Sandy worn out by Lady Twister style

Big Sandy worn out by Lady Twister style
Big Sandy worn out by Lady Twister style

Amber Fair puts up a shot during Friday’s triumph.
Union City was bigger, stronger and faster on Friday.
Thus, UC easily cleared its first Region 7A Tournament hurdle.
The Lady Twisters routed Big Sandy 78-36 — in what was the team’s largest margin of victory to date this season — to advance to the regional semifinal round for the third time in six years and just the fourth time in school history.
UC’s uptempo pace was the most glaring strength for the victors as the Lady Red Devils were visibly winded by the second quarter.
“I thought the speed of our style wore them down,” Union City girls’ coach Eddie Suiter said. “We did a good job of pushing the ball up the floor and I think getting their two ball-handlers in foul trouble also helped out.
“When that happened, we were able to put some zone pressure on and that’s what took any wind they had left out of their sails.”
Next up for Union City is Bradford — a team that the locals split with in the regular season. The Lady Twister play the Red Devils from Gibson County tonight at 6:30 on West Carroll’s floor.
If UC defeats B’ford, the locals would clinch both a berth in the Region 7A Tournament championship game and the sectional round of the postseason. Both would be firsts for the Lady Twisters’ program.
“We know we can beat Bradford, but they know likewise,” Suiter said of his team’s foe tonight. “Both teams are playing better in the postseason than we were in the regular season and we can’t worry about making history for the school.
“We have to worry about Bradford and our next game.”
Friday’s 4 p.m. contest, which was originally scheduled for Thursday but postponed due to the threat of severe weather, was close through one period as Union City struggled to find its offensive footing during the first five minutes of the opening canto.
Finally, Amber Fair drained a 3-pointer with 2:45 remaining in the first period to put UC up for good with the count 12-10.
After her trey, Fair quickly snatched the inbounds pass and dropped in a deuce, while Shenisha Huff also had a starring role in the final two minutes of the first period.
Huff had a bucket after Fair’s five aforementioned points, but her most lasting impression was made with a long 3-pointer from near halfcourt just before the buzzer that put the Lady Twisters (16-13) ahead 20-12 with eight minutes complete.
Union City continued its stellar play throughout the second period with a 9-2 run to start the quarter.
When that stretch ended, the Lady Twisters were ahead by 15 after a Kierra Davis field goal with 4:26 remaining in the half.
Another key UC spurt came late in the second period as Huff and Fair again stole the show with a 15-2 scoring spurt to close the quarter.
During said run, Fair had a total of eight points — a trio of rapid succession buckets included. Huff accounted for the other seven tallies of the stretch.
At halftime, the Lady Tornadoes sat on a 44-20 cushion.
Union City continued to widen its gap throughout the third quarter, leading by as many as 37 points late in the frame after Brittany Parker — who returned to the court after missing time in the District 14A Tournament with the flu — swished the second of her two 3-pointers.
Fair topped the UC scoring summary with 22 points — 14 before halftime. Three other Union City players hit in twin figures. Davis had 17, Huff totaled 16 and Jackie Hudson contributed 10.
Big Sandy (11-16) had Liz Mena as its lone player in double digits.
Sports reporter Kenneth Coker can be contacted by e-mail at kcoker@ucmessenger.com.

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