Central sweep of Tornadoes decided early, late in coming

Central sweep of Tornadoes decided early, late in coming
Central sweep of Tornadoes decided early, late in coming | Central sweep of Tornadoes decided early, late in coming
By KEVIN WEAKS
Messenger Sports
Obion Central had its girls’ win over Union City wrapped up pretty early.
The Rebels’ win over the Golden Tornado boys was a fairly quick decision, too, but took a long time to finish.
The Lady Rebs scored 20 of the 22 points in the first quarter and cruised to a 60-30 win in the opening game of Saturday night’s doubleheader in Troy.
Central’s boys posted a lopsided win as well, pulling away to an 83-67 decision, but had to endure a game that saw 65 fouls called and 93 total free throws shot.
Both OC teams are now 2-0 on the season with wins over both its county rivals, UC and South Fulton, and will visit SF on Tuesday night. Union City’s teams, meanwhile, are now 1-1 and will have a busy week by traveling to Dresden tonight, Westview on Tuesday and then back to Martin on Friday and Saturday for the Westview Thanksgiving Classic.
OC 83, UC 67 (B)
Bryan Morris pumped in a game-best 34 points and teammate Drake Richards grabbed 14 rebounds as the Rebels were slightly better at the free throw line and much better from beyond the three-point circle.
Central hit 33-of-50 free throws to UC’s 24-of-43 — a total that included just 9-of-21 in the second half — and was 7-of-12 on treys to UC’s 3-of-25 effort.
“It had to be a tough game to watch for the fans, but it wasn’t called one way of the other,” OC head coach Bill Kail said in reference to all the fouls. “As players, you just have to get used to the way the game’s being called. And, we hit our free throws.”
Twister head coach Shane Sisco knew why his players, at least, were whistled time and again, ultimately seeing Jamie Hyde foul out at 5:16 of the third quarter and Tre Lewis pick up his fifth foul at 7:17 of the fourth period.
“The bottom line is we have to be better on defense,” Sisco said. “There was too much reaching and grabbing by us. They went to the free throw a lot just because of our inability to slide our feet and move. We have to do a better job of guarding. It was just a poor effort of guarding in the halfcourt.”
Free throws helped the Rebels fend off several comeback attempts by UC in the fourth quarter, and then three-pointers enabled Central to pull away late.
Malik Stockdale twice got UC within eight points near the midway point of the final period, but each time OC answered by hitting at the line, first Eric Torres and then Morris and Shaw Logan.
“We never let them fully grab the momentum,” Kail said. “Coleman (Dunn) hit a couple of threes when it got tight, and Bryan was able to get to the rim and finish. We were able to keep the momentum.”
Spotting up in the left corner, Dunn hit a triple at 4:55 for a 69-56 lead and then knocked down another at 2:19 that put the game away, 78-62. In between, UC closed to within 69-60 on baskets by Peyton Mosley and Nick Crumble, but Torres again hit twice at the line and LaPrince Gauldin put in a shot high off the glass.
“They seem to play better against us than they do anybody else,” Sisco said. “It happened last year, it happened two years ago down here. They just seem to play better against us than in a normal game. If they play that well, they’re going to be one of the better teams in that double-A district. I think it’ll be interesting to see if they carry that through.”
OC jumped on the Tornadoes early and never really let up.
Taking advantage of UC’s poor shooting — the Tornadoes’ first field goal came from Stockdale at 2:56 of the first quarter — Central led 10-2 early and ran out to a 43-29 lead by halftime.
Central led 56-39 at one point in the third period and carried a 60-45 advantage into the fourth. UC was within 11, 56-45, late in the period.
“Right now, we’re pretty fortunate to have a sub at every position,” Kail said. “So, we’re able to pressure and do some things, kids are able to play hard for a couple of minutes, and then we can get someone else in there. It’s a luxury we have this year that we haven’t had in years past.”
OC 60, UC 30 (G)
Brandi Goodman scored twice inside early, and Macy Wright hit a pair of three-pointers as Central pulled out to a 20-2 lead after one period despite the game being played more to UC’s pace.
“One of our concerns coming in was to not get into a running game,” UC head coach Eddie Suiter. “We felt if we didn’t get in a running game and could handle their press, we’d be fine. We didn’t get in a running game and we took care of the ball against the press, and we still weren’t fine. We didn’t get in a running game, but we still rushed on offense.”
OC head man Lyle LaRue echoed his counterpart’s assessment.
“I thought Union City handled our pressure, and the game was slower than we wanted it to be, pace-wise,” LaRue said. “Union City did a better job handling our pressure. We wanted to cause more turnovers, but they did a good job handling the ball.”
UC never got the margin into single digits but made it 25-10 midway into the second period on threes by Jackie Hudson and Anna Moore. OC responded with seven straight points and took a 32-15 lead at the half.
Central led 46-22 at the end of three quarters, and two triples from Wright had the difference at 54-22 early in the final period.
Wright finished with a game-best 16 points, while Goodman and Paige Hicks scored 14 for OC.
Hudson scored 11 and Amber Fair added 10 for the Lady Tornadoes. Published in The Messenger 11.21.11

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