|Another viewing has same ending in Twisters’ loss |
|Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 7:02 pm |
| By MIKE HUTCHENS |
Messenger Sports Editor
Shane Sisco implied it was like having to sit through a bad movie for a second time.
“It was almost a carbon copy from the first time we played,” the Union City boys’ coach said after seeing his team lose for the second time in a month to Westview 78-64 Tuesday night. “I watched us do the same things poorly early in the game tonight as we did the first time.”
Much like in that first meeting when the Chargers scored the game’s first 13 points and ultimately ended up winning by 12 on their home floor, Westview jumped out early in Tuesday’s rematch and never trailed while forcing the Tornadoes into 10 first-quarter turnovers and 24 in all.
“It was just a horrible start on our part. I’m really disappointed in our lack of intensity to start the game. I didn’t think we played with any emotion whatsoever,” insisted the UC coach, whose team turned the ball over on five of its first six possessions and trailed by double digits for most of the contest.
The final pre-Christmas outing was no more pleasant for the Union City girls, who saw Westview avenge an earlier three-point loss with a 48-43 triumph in the opener.
The Charger girls bounced back from a dismal performance a night earlier in a lopsided loss to Greenfield, thanks largely to better ballhandling and a 21-of-24 free throw shooting exhibition that included a near-perfect 15-of-16 from Tiffany Rechis at the charity stripe.
UC was outscored 10-2 down the stretch.
The Lady Tornadoes got a combined 37 points from Amber Fair (22) and Jackie Hudson (15), but just six more from two other players who dented the scoring column.
The Tornado teams will enter the holiday break with records of 4-5 on the girls’ side and 8-5 in boys’ play.
Westview 78, UC 64 (B)
Though not as decisively as in their first meeting when the Chargers scored the game’s first 13 points and never looked back, Westview took control of Tuesday’s nightcap early and was never behind in completing a season sweep of the Tornadoes.
A pair of Antonio Hogard buckets got Martin off to a quick start on the offensive end, while its scrambling fullcourt pressure was forcing turnovers on five of Union City’s first possessions.
Javier Gordon poured in a game-high 26 points and Jazell Baker had 22 off the bench to pace the victors, who also put Jordan Davis in double digits with 15 markers.
Up 19-13 at the first quarter horn, the Chargers opened up a double-figure advantage with a 10-3 spurt to begin the second frame — fueled by Baker, who had 11 points in the stanza, including a pull-up jumper, a 3-pointer and a scoop to the hoop. It was 36-25 at the intermission.
The Tornadoes got as close as 45-39 with 2:32 left in the third period after treys from Jamie Hyde, Montre Lewis and Donte Simpson, but Baker converted an old-fashioned 3-point play just before the quarter ended to again build the difference to twin digits (52-41) and take the wind out of UC’s sails.
Peyton Mosley’s 15 markers topped Union City, with LaMonte Dickerson adding 13 and Khiry Lewis turning in a good effort with 12 points.
Westview 48, UC 43 (G)
Rechis was flawless from the foul line in 10 attempts in the second half on her way to a team-high 20 points.
The Lady Chargers made just 12 field goals in all, but their 87.5 percent free throw shooting offset that and clearly was the difference as Union City hit just 7-of-15.
Equally telling was Westview’s improved turnover total from the prior night against Greenfield. The Lady Chargers were guilty of just six floor mistakes against far-less defensive pressure from UC after turning the ball over 23 times on Monday vs. G’field’s harassing end-to-end defense.
Neither team led by more than eight points in Tuesday’s rematch of a game the Lady Tornadoes won 55-52 in Martin.
The Charger girls outscored Union City 10-2 in crunch time in the fourth quarter after the two clubs had swapped leads in the first four minutes of the period.
A 15-footer by Kaley Leyhue doubled Westview’s two-point lead with just under three minutes left, and Rechis then hit six consecutive charities after that, while teammate Kaitlyn Harrelson made 1-of-2. At the same time on the other end, the Lady Tornadoes were misfiring on all but one of a half-dozen field goal tries.
While Westview was 9-of-10 from the free line in the final period, Union City hit just 2-of-7.
Published in The Messenger 12.21.11