’Jackets can’t put up complete games in losses to Twisters
Posted: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 12:00 pm
By KEVIN WEAKS
Greenfield’s girls could never really get started. The Yellowjacket boys, meanwhile, could not finish.
The ’Jackets lost both ends of a District 14A doubleheader at Union City on Friday night, never able to recover from a slow start in a 57-43 girls’ loss and then unable to keep going after a fast start in a 56-44 boys’ setback.
With two weeks remaining in the regular season, Greenfield will try to position itself for a home game in the opening round of the league tournament, the girls 7-5 and boys 5-7 in 14A play.
UC 57, Greenfield 43 (G)
Union City’s main attraction couldn’t be stopped, while the Lady Tornadoes made sure two of Greenfield’s top players never got started.
Amber Fair had another big night with strong all-around play in scoring 36 points. Greenfield’s Brittany Peoples and Shameilla McMullen, meanwhile, were held to just six points combined.
Fair popped three 3-pointers in the first quarter and finished the first half with 16 points. She then became a force inside in the second half, scoring in the paint and getting to the free throw line. Fair’s 7-of-8 shooting helped Union City go 11-of-13 at the line in the fourth quarter.
“I think she made all the difference,” Greenfield head coach Willie Trevathan said. “We couldn’t keep her off the boards, and we couldn’t keep her from getting to the rim. When she wasn’t doing that, she was making threes. It seemed like every time we were creeping back into the game, she’d make a big shot.”
The Lady Twisters were up 17-4 on a Tory Reedy 3-pointer 21 seconds into the second quarter, but 3-point baskets from Kalee Kesterson, Rachel Roberts and Abbey McDaniel allowed the Lady Yellowjackets to get as close as 19-17 late in the first half.
“We had some kids step up and play well,” Trevathan said. “Kalee Kesterson stepped up and played like she’s capable of playing, and Rachel Roberts made some big shots when we needed them. We got solid play from Abbey McDaniel and Andrea Smith. Andrea’s been really solid for us the last month or so. If we keep those kids playing like that with Haley (Rawls) coming back — Shamiella’s going to play better, and Brittany’s going to play better — we’ll be OK. I was pleased with the roles some of our kids played tonight and was encouraged by some things.”
UC closed strong, though, scoring the last six points before the break.
Reedy made a strong power move through the paint, Jackie Hudson posted up for a basket and Fair got off the last shot just in front of the buzzer for a 25-17 lead.
Fair scored three times in the paint and added a triple, while Hudson also scored inside to put the Lady Twisters up 38-27 at the end of three periods. UC kept expanding the margin in the fourth, ahead by as much as 55-40 late.
Kesterson scored 17 points and Roberts added 11 for Greenfield.
UC 56, Greenfield 44 (B)
The Tornadoes zoned in on Greenfield’s shooters in the second half, using an extended 2-1-2 defense to hold the ’Jackets to just 17 points after intermission.
Tony Robinson (15 points) and Hunter Crouse (seven) combined for 22 points for the game, but only eight of those came in the second half.
“They came out in the second half in a zone, and our zone offense is not working too well right now,” Greenfield head coach Peter Angelos said. “We have to work on it. We only had 17 points in the second half, and that’s not going to get it done.”
That effort on the defense, which saw Greenfield turn the ball over 10 times, enabled UC to battle back from a deficit that reached 10 points in the first half, and then some surprisingly good free throw shooting down the stretch allowed UC to actually extend its margin.
The Twisters were 14-of-26 at the line for the game but 10-of-13 in the fourth quarter, hitting their last eight.
Greenfield hit 7-of-8 at the line in the first quarter, bolting to an 11-2 lead early and carrying a 15-9 advantage into the second period.
LaMonte Dickerson and Marcus DeBerry each hit a 3-pointer to help UC get within 23-20, but a triple by Robinson with three seconds to play sent the visitors into the locker room ahead 27-20.
“We played really well in the first half,” Angelos said. “We played at a good pace. We had some foul trouble but overcame it. Heath (Crouse) didn’t play in the second quarter because he got two fouls in the first quarter.”
UC limited the ’Jackets to just five points in the third frame while getting early baskets in the lane from Donte Simpson and Tre Lewis, a 3-pointer from Malik Stockdale and baskets underneath from Peyton Mosley for a 38-32 lead.
Dickerson then scored back-to-back baskets, first on a stickback and then in transition, to make it a 10-point game in UC’s favor, 44-34, with 6:11 to play in the game.
Lewis led all players with 16 points, and Mosley added 14 for UC. Published in The WCP 1.31.12