|Twister teams follow plans to sweep away visiting Tide |
|Posted: Monday, December 12, 2011 7:01 pm |
| By KEVIN WEAKS |
Both Union City teams found out that following directions can pay off.
The Twisters swept Trenton Peabody at UC’s gym on Friday night, winning 56-43 in the girls’ game and 68-39 in the boys’ nightcap.
Union City’s girls built a big lead early with solid defensive play and smart decisions on offense, strayed from their plan in the second and third periods that allowed Trenton to get back into it and then went back to its plan in pulling away in the fourth.
“When we follow a game plan, we’re not bad,” Lady Tornado head coach Eddie Suiter said. “When we go out and do our own thing, we’re not very successful.”
The Twister boys, meanwhile, relied on good ball-handling and shooting to jump on Trenton early.
“I thought we came out and played well, especially in the first quarter,” Union City head coach Shane Sisco said. “The 24 points there are, I guess, probably our highest of the year. And, the reason for that is we didn’t turn the ball over in the first quarter. When you don’t turn the basketball over, you give yourself a chance to make shots. And, we did. We made some shots in the first quarter, which is something we haven’t done consistently in our first eight or nine games. So, I liked our start.”
Both Union City teams started well.
The Lady Tornadoes took advantage of several Trenton turnovers to build a 12-2 lead early, Amber Fair scoring in the lane and at the line and Kaleigh Bynum adding two more baskets. Anna Moore took a steal the other way for a basket in the lane after Trenton’s Moesha Marsh had hit a 3-pointer, and UC took a 16-7 lead after one quarter.
Trenton got as close as 19-15 by the mid-point of the second period, but UC appeared poised to take a 10-point lead into intermission only to see Trenton’s Lorna Hudson get off a 3-pointer just past the halfcourt line at the buzzer for a 25-18 difference.
“We gave up a big momentum shot at the quarter when we were trying to take the last shot,” Suiter said. “We had called a time-out just to talk about that situation. Even if we miss, we’re still up eight. Instead, we hit a shot and think we’ve done something, then they hit a three and we’re only up seven. Things like that do make a difference.”
Despite a triple and pull-up in the lane by Fair, UC’s lead was just 31-27 at 5:12 of the third.
Tory Reedy went down with a severe ankle sprain 50 seconds later, never returning to the game, but Fair led a rally that put UC ahead 44-30 at the break. Union City’s lead reached 51-36 late on baskets from Moore and Bynum.
Fair and Trenton’s Hudson each had 22 points, while Jackie Hudson added 15 points for Union City.
UC’s boys took a big lead early and never looked back, ahead 24-8 after one quarter and 43-19 by halftime.
Tre Lewis hit a pair of 3-pointers and Peyton Mosley scored six points in the opening period, which also saw Malik Stockdale score twice in transition off steals.
LaMonte Dickerson scored six of his eight points in the second period late in the quarter, while Mosley added seven more points for Union City.
Three-point baskets from Stockdale, Chris Boucher, Marcus DeBerry and Jamie Hyde helped push UC’s lead to 60-29 after three periods.
Mosley and Dickerson led 10 Union City players in the scorebook with 13 points each, while Lewis finished with 11 points. Tyler Gadlen scored 16 for Trenton. Published in The Messenger 12.12.11