Finish good, bad for UC teams

Finish good, bad for UC teams
Finish good, bad for UC teams | Finish good, bad for UC teams
By KEVIN WEAKS
Messenger Sports
Union City’s girls had just enough left at the end, while the Golden Tornado boys could never get close enough to make the final minutes matter.
Union City split with Westview in Martin on Tuesday night, defeating Westview’s girls for the first time since 1993 with a 55-52 decision on a 33-point outburst from Amber Fair but then dropping the nightcap 72-60.
Both UC teams will be back on Martin over the weekend for the Westview Thanksgiving Classic on Friday and Saturday at the Charger and Martin Middle School gyms.
UC 55, Westview 52 (G)
Union City went ahead 47-35 at 5:05 of the fourth period when Tory Reedy pulled up in the paint for a shot and then held on despite some shaky free throw shooting in the final seconds to win.
Westview trimmed the margin to four at 47-43 by the 1:50 mark, getting a shot in the paint and a layup in transition from Kaley Leyhue, a baseline drive for a layup by Teddy Vincent and a steal and layup from Kaitlyn Harrelson.
UC initially did well at the free throw line as a result of Westview being forced to foul, Tamara Nettles and Fair each hitting two.
Westview then sent Jackie Hudson to the line eight times, a strategy that paid off to a point as she missed five in row before finally connecting on the back end of a double bonus, a stretch that allowed the Lady Chargers to get as close as 53-51 on Katelyn Luthi’s three-pointer with 20.1 seconds left.
Westview would score only one more point, though, and Hudson finished by hitting two of her final three at the line to hold off the Chargers.
“(Westview) took Amber out of the game, and the other four seemed to lose their aggressiveness,” UC head coach Eddie Suiter said of the hectic final minutes. “I don’t know what we did to win because we didn’t knock down free throws down the stretch and we turned it over twice. But, we found a way to win.”
Union City relied on Fair to gain control of the game, hitting three of her four three-pointers in the first quarter as UC twice came back from deficits to a 16-all tie at the break.
UC was up by as much as 12 points in the second quarter and twice led by 13 in the third.
“We came in at practice today for 45 minutes and simplified things,” Suiter said. “We’ve looked confused the last two games because we’ve tried to do a lot of different things. My bad. So, we’ve simplified. It’s basically how we went into summer camp, just looking to get better at dribbling, passing, catching, finishing and then just get down and play defense.”
Hudson finished with 11 points for Union City, while Vincent scored 19, Kaley Leyhue added 12 and Luthi scored 11 for Westview.
Westview 72, UC 60 (B)
The Chargers scored the first 13 points and then kept control of a game that was played pretty much on even terms the rest of the way.
“Unfortunately, slow starts have been indicative of us in the first four games,” UC head man Shane Sisco said. “That’s a problem we have to cure. And, then this free throw thing, like hitting 13-of-27 tonight. We’re just digging ourselves a hole with that.”
Jordan Davis hit a pair of three-pointers, and both Jazell Baker and Alex Ross scored in transition off steals in that opening barrage of points for the Chargers.
Union City closed strong, though, getting as close a 15-11.
Marcus DeBerry hit a short jumper along the baseline, and Tre Lewis turned two steals into points, keeping for a layup after one and dishing out to DeBerry for a three-pointer after the other.
Davis opened the second period with a triple and a layup converted from a steal to put the Chargers back up by double digits, 26-15 at 6:10.
Union City stayed close, though, and was within eight points at 39-31 by halftime.
Westview spent much of the third quarter widening the margin, going ahead as much as 53-35 at 3:16 on a pull-up 15-footer Javier Gordon.
DeBerry knocked down a triple to get UC within 64-55 in the fourth, but Gordon answered at the other end and then Union City could get no closer than eight points the rest of the way.
“The thing I hate about it is we’re paying so hard, the effort is there, and then we go to the free throw line and miss free throws or get lost on defense or turn the ball over,” Sisco said. “I told the guys that I feel bad for them because they’re doing some good things, but then they turn around and shoot themselves in the foot.”
Davis and Gordon each had 16 points, and Chris Evans added 12 for the Chargers.
DeBerry led all players with 17 points off the bench, while Lewis scored 14 for UC. Published in The Messenger 11.23.11

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