|Twisters fight off Greenfield rallies |
|Posted: Monday, December 19, 2011 7:02 pm |
| By KEVIN WEAKS |
Union City played the role of rally-killer on Friday night.
Both Golden Tornado teams withstood big point surges from Greenfield by making the plays down the stretch for a District 14A sweep at the Yellowjackets’ gymnasium.
UC won 44-40 in the girls’ opener and then 62-59 in the nightcap.
With their rallies — ovecoming a big lead in the girls’ game and buiding a double-digit advantage in the boys’ — the two Greenfield teams appeared on their way to what would have been well-earned wins.
The Lady ’Jackets trailed 33-19 in the third quarter before staging a 15-1 uprising that had the game tied at 34 in the fourth period.
Then in the second game, Greenfield looked poised to run away from the Twisters in the third with a 15-2 run that turned a 30-26 deficit into a 43-32 lead.
UC 44, Greenfield 40 (G)
Jackie Hudson and Amber Fair kick-started the Lady Tornadoes to begin the third quarter, Hudson with six points and Fair with four as UC pulled out to a 33-19 lead with two minutes to play in the period.
But, Greenfield scored 15 of the next 16 to tie the game at 34 with 4:39 to play in the game, Haley Rawls getting loose for a pair of 3-pointers after being held relatively quiet throughout the first three periods.
“Rawls is one of the best shooters in the district, by far, and we lost her a couple of times,” UC head coach Eddie Suiter said. “But, the intensity was there. We made some mistakes, but they were aggressive mistakes.”
Kaleigh Bynum made a move along the baseline off a feed from Kealie Reeves, and then Hudson followed a missed free three throw with a basket to put UC up 38-34.
The Lady Twisters held on despite a pair of rainbow threes from Andrea Smith, Hudson giving UC a 42-37 lead at 1:10 and Anna Moore hitting twice at the line with 16.8 seconds left to secure the win.
Playing without Tory Reedy due to injury, UC turned to Hudson on the blocks to make plays, and she answered in a big way.
Virtually unstoppable, she worked hard inside for early baskets to help UC to an 11-5 lead early in the second period before Greenfield reeled off seven straight for a 12-11 lead.
Reeves then scored three consecutive baskets, including two in transition, Moore added another transition hoop and Hudson put back a shot for a 21-12 UC lead at 1:34.
Hudson finished with a game-best 21 points.
UC 62, Greenfield 59 (B)
Tre Lewis put a stop to Greenfield’s third-quarter run with back-to-back treys.
Hitting twice from outside the 3-point circle, Lewis got the Golden Tornadoes within 45-40 at 1:43 of the third period.
UC then spent much of the fourth frame fighting for the lead, using misses at the free throw line by the Yellowjackets to finally take back the lead.
Greenfield missed four times in seven chances over the first 6:12 of the period, UC going up 57-56 on a baseline drive Malik Stockdale and then taking the lead for good on a Lewis three from the top of the key at 1:08 for a 60-57 lead.
Peyton Mosley, who finished with 21 points, blocked a potential game-tying shot, grabbed a loose ball and then hit a free throw in the final seconds to seal the deal.
“At the start of the third quarter, we really got off to a good start,” UC head coach Sane Sisco said. “And then they just took it to us. It was them attacking the basket. I didn’t think we accepted the challenge very well.
“When we got down 12, instead of hanging our heads, which we could’ve done, and feeling sorry for ourselves, we really stepped up and got it done.”
The two teams battled on practically even terms throughout the first half, finishing in a 26-all deadlock.
Mosley worked the blocks for six points, Marcus DeBerry dropped in a triple and then Stockdale made a move off the left block for two and knocked down a 20-footer from the right wing for three and a 16-15 UC lead after one period.
Mosley scored twice in the lane, and Jamie Hyde hit a trey to put UC ahead 24-17 with 4:45 to play in the half. It was all Greenfield from that point on, the ’Jackets closing with a 9-2 run.
Lewis finished with 14 points behind Mosley. Published in The Messenger 12.19.11