Tornadoes race past CC teams in openers

Tornadoes race past CC teams in openers
Union City’s 2011-12 basketball season is off to a rousing start.
The Tornado teams opened the year Thursday night with a pair of blowout victories over visiting Chester County in a Hall of Champions doubleheader, the girls winning 68-49, and the boys a 79-46 runaway.
Union City will play a second HOC twinbill on Saturday at Obion County Central.
The Lady Tornadoes made 10 3-pointers in getting off on the right foot Thursday against Chester County, while the Twister boys harassed CC into 14 first-quarter turnovers while bolting to a 22-5 lead. UC was comfortably in front 41-18 at the half.
Saturday’s games at OCCHS tip off at 6 p.m.
UC 68, Chester Co. 49 (G)
Amber Fair bottomed six of Union City’s 10 treys and lit up the Lady Eagles for a game-high 31 points.
She hit four times from beyond the arc in the third period when she tallied 15 of her team’s 22 points in that quarter.
“We obviously shot the ball well but, just as important if not more so, we took care of it,” Lady Tornado head coach Eddie Suiter said afterward.
“That (handling pressure and not turning the ball over) is going to be so important to how we do this year. It’s really been an emphasis of ours.”
Jackie Hudson scored 12 points and Tory Reedy 10, giving UC three players in twin digits.
The Twisters led 20-18 after one and outscored the visitors 17-5 in the second stanza to take a 37-23 lead at the half.
UC 79, Chester Co. 46 (B)
Three Tornadoes scored in double figures (Marcus DeBerry 13, Donte Simpson 12 and Jamie Hyde 11), with two more (Chris Boucher 9 and Malik Stockdale 8) just a bucket away in a balanced attack.
DeBerry, Simpson and Stockdale were making their first prep outing after leading Union City Middle School to an unbeaten season and the TMSAA Sectional championship a year ago.
UC forced 29 turnovers in all, despite backing out of its fullcourt pressue after that opening period.
Head coach Shane Sisco was pleased.
“Defensively, we really started out and played well,” he said. “And overall, I’d call it a good start.
“We didn’t really shoot it that well, and when you don’t it probably looks ugly. I thought we lost a little intensity in the second half, but all-in-all, it was a good effort.
“I’m sure the level of competition will be a lot better Saturday night.”
The Tornadoes made just 8-of-33 3-point attempts and 28-of-81 field goals in all. They were good on 15-of-24 free throws.
Chester County was reportedly missing a pair of starters and a third player who’ll contribute because of their involvement with the school’s football team that is still involved in the playoffs.
Published in The Messenger 11.18.11

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