Pair from county remain; Twisters to begin tourney

Pair from county remain; Twisters to begin tourney
And then there were two.
Only a pair of Obion County junior high teams remain alive in the TMSAA Area 5 Tournament following four games Saturday at Martin Middle School.
Both will be in action tonight as the second-seeded South Fulton girls, who have yet to play in the event, face third seed Paris Inman at 6 p.m. and No. 5 Ridgemont boys will face top-seeded Martin at 7:30.
The winners will advance to the championship games on Thursday, where the Martin girls and Inman boys await.
In Saturday’s games, third seed Martin upset No. 1 Lake Road 39-29 and Inman pulled away from Hillcrest 49-10 in the girls’ bracket, while Inman topped Lake Road 62-37 and Ridgemont outlasted South Fulton 46-41 in overtime in boys’ play.
Union City’s two middle school teams, meanwhile, finished up their respective regular seasons with makeup games at Lake County, the girls winning 45-31 and the boys losing 34-29.
The Tornado squads will now begin play in the West Tennessee Athletic Confernce Tournament at Northview.
Martin 39, LR 29
Atitana Vincent scored eight of her game-high 13 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Lady Panthers.
LR held a 5-4 lead after one quarter, but then Martin went ahead 17-15 at the half and was up 23-22 after three quarters.
Erica Batchelor added 10 points for Martin.
Avery Partin had eight points and Hannah Cavness added six points for the Lady Generals, whose only other loss of the season came in the Obion County School System junior high tournament finals last month.
Inman 49, H’crest 10
The Henry Countians pitched a shutout in the second half, outscoring Hillcrest 21-0 after the intermission.
Inman was in control the entire game, up 17-5 after one period and 28-10 at the half.
Courtney Heuck scored half of Hillcrest’s points. The Lady Cougars connected on just three field goals and 4-of-13 free throws.
Ridgemont 46, SF 41
After the Red Devils built a 17-13 lead at the half, the two teams traded blows in the second half to force overtime.
Ridgemont outscored SF 18-6 in the third to take a 31-23 lead, but then the Devils came back with a 15-7 advantage in the fourth to send the teams into the extra period knotted at 38.
Nathan King had a game-best 24 points for the Mustangs, while Jyriq Jones scored 14 points and Zaccius Mays added 10 for SF.
Inman 62, LR 37
Inman led just 15-13 after one period and 27-24 at the half but then outscored the Generals 35-13 in the second half.
Houston Snead had 11 points for Lake Road.
UC 45, Lake Co. 31 (G)
The Lady Torndoes locked up the No. 3 seed in the West Tennessee Athletic Conference Tournament with a solid showing vs. LC.
UC used an 18-4 second-quarter flurry to build a commanding 25-6 halftime advantage.
Tykesha Vaughn and Chynia Hyde both posted double-doubles, the former hitting for a game-high 18 points and snagging 12 rebounds, while the latter had 12 markers and 10 boards.
Chante DeBerry had seven points and seven rebounds, Japril Hegler had six and six, respectively, while Caroline Chism was a force on the glass with 13 rebounds.
Union City will play sixth-seeded Humboldt tonight at 7:20 in the WTAC event at Northview.
Lake Co. 34, UC 29 (B)
The Twister boys were relegated to the fourth seed in the upcoming tournament after falling to LC in Saturday’s makeup game.
UC managed but two first-quarter points and trailed at every turn in falling to 9-6 overall.
Taj Reid had 11 points and Willaevion Burton six for the Tornadoes.
Union City will face Humboldt Tuesday night at 6 in Round 1 of the postseason. Published in The Messenger 1.23.12

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