Road trip goes well for both UC teams

Road trip goes well for both UC teams
A long road trip to Halls was made considerably more enjoyable for Union City Tuesday night by a pair of blowout wins.
The Lady Tornadoes cruised in the opener and had the mercy rule in effect by late in the third quarter of a 53-21 romp.
The UC boys, meanwhile, used a burst of 19 unanswered points to open the second half on their way to a resounding 70-40 triumph.
Union City essentially took over first place in the District 14A standings with its nightcap triumph. Coupled with Bradford’s one-point upset of Humboldt, both the Twisters and reigning Class 1A state champion Lake County now sport 6-1 league records with UC gaining an edge in a head-to-head tie-breaker after last week’s 63-60 upset of the Falcons.
The UC girls are now tied with South Fulton for second place in the district, each with 5-2 14A marks that trail only Lake County.
Union City is on the road again on Friday, playing at Bradford.
UC 53, Halls 21 (G)
Amber Fair scored 24 points and Tory Reedy added 10 as the Lady Tornadoes picked up an easy road win in District 14A.
Anna Moore spearheaded a tough defense that converted turnovers into points all night, and both Fair and Reedy shot well from the perimeter against the Lady Tigers’ packed defense.
UC, now 8-8 overall, grabbed a 16-5 lead after one period and widened the margin to 26-8 by the half. The Lady Twisters were ahead 47-13 at the end of three quarters.
Neisha Claybrook had 10 points for Halls.
UC 70, Halls 40 (B)
Freshman Marcus DeBerry poured in a career-high 22 points, hitting four 3-pointers in the third period in which he tallied 16 of those markers. DeBerry hit 6-of-12 attempts from beyond the arc in all for the Twisters (11-6), who made nine treys as a team.
Up just 20-16 at the half after starting the game by making only one of its first 14 field goal attempts, Union City exploded in the third period with an impressive stretch.
The Tornadoes scored on 10 straight possessions to begin the second half, hitting 9-of-10 field goals and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe during that span.
At the same time, Halls had turnovers on six of eight possessions and scored just one time.
Union City led by as many as 34 points in the fourth quarter.
Malik Stockdale, another of the Twisters’ promising ninth-graders, ended the night with 10 points for the victors.
Jamie Hyde and LaMonte Dickerson were just a point shy of double figures with nine.
Published in The Messenger 1.11.12

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