|Lady Tornadoes catch up to Humboldt; UC boys, SF squads stopped
|Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 7:02 pm
|Union City’s girls spent three quarters catching up and then the fourth quarter holding on.
The Lady Tornadoes overtook Humboldt at the end of the third quarter, going ahead by a single point, and then overcame some shaky free throw shooting in a 53-49 District 14A win at Humboldt on Tuesday night.
Shooting plagued the Golden Tornado boys in the nightcap, leading to a tough 60-56 loss.
In another District 14A twinbill, Lake County swept visiting South Fulton as the Lady Falcons rolled to a 57-37 verdict while LC’s defending state champion boys fought off the Red Devils for a 71-69 decision.
Both Union City and South Fulton will play league games on the road Friday as well, the Twisters at Greenfield and the Devils at Halls.
UC 53, Humboldt 49 (G)
Union City trailed 10-7 after one period before forging an 18-all tie intermission. Humboldt then moved back out in front early in the third and maintained a lead until the end of the period.
After taking a 40-39 advantage to begin the fourth quarter, Union City then maintained a lead the rest of the way but was kept from opening a bigger advantage by its free throw shooting.
The Lady Twisters were just 6-of-14 at the line in the final period, capping off an 11-of-26 effort there for the game.
Amber Fair topped all scorers with 22 points, and Jackie Hudson added 18 points for Union City, which improved its season marks to 3-4 overall and 3-1 in the district.
Breuna Lenon had 16 points, Ashley Brown added 11 and Latia Collins scored 10 for the Lady Vikings.
Humboldt 60, UC 56 (B)
In a game that will go down as one that got away, Union City did everything right in a critical road test — except finish.
The Tornadoes held a rebounding advantage 35-29, including a 16-9 edge on offensive boards, and committed just 12 turnovers while forcing 13.
Shooting, however, doomed the Twisters. UC was just 15-of-36 on 2-pointers and 4-of-15 on 3-pointers, totals made even uglier by the team’s second-half efforts of 8-of-20 on twos and 0-of-5 on threes.
Misses at the free throw line were damaging as well, especially in the fourth period where UC was just 6-of-14 while the Vikings were 7-of-11.
Two stretches of futility were direct results of UC’s troubles.
Ahead by eight late in the second quarter, the Twisters failed to score on its last seven possessions while suffering five turnovers, holding a slim 40-36 halftime lead.
Trailing 51-48 to start the fourth period, UC quickly cut the margin to a point but saw Humboldt score on five consecutive possessions.
Peyton Mosley led UC with 13 points, while LeMonte Dickerson, Jamie Hyde and Tre Lewis all had 11 points.
Lake Co. 71, SF 69 (B)
South Fulton gave Class 1A’s defending champs all they wanted before falling just short.
The Red Devils led 16-15 after one quarter, but Lake County rallied in the second period for a 39-35 halftime advantage. The Falcons then stretched that to 56-49 after three periods before South Fulton made a charge in the final frame.
Keshawn McManus led the Redmen with 18 points while also grabbing eight rebounds, Clint Wells had 16 points, Kyle Clouse added 13 points and five rebounds, and Jordan Davis had 10 rebounds to go with eight points and eight assists.
Lake Co. 57, SF 37 (G)
The Red Devilettes never could get shots to go in, falling behind early and never getting back in the game.
SF connected on just 8-of-21 2-pointers and 5-of-21 threes while also hitting 6-of-10 at the free throw line.
Lake County jumped out to a 20-7 advantage at the end of the first quarter and took a 29-15 lead into the locker room. The Lady Falcons then stretched the margin to 20 points, 49-29, at the end of three quarters.
Taleeah Cross had 10 points, seven rebounds and three steals, and Kalon Martin grabbed 11 points but got off only one shot against LC’s packed-in defense.
T.T. Flowers had 16 points for Lake County. Published in The Messenger 12.14.11