|UC can’t stop Falcons’ title run |
|Posted: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 7:00 pm |
|Lake County got some payback, and with it likely the District 14A championship. |
The reigning Class 1A state champion Falcons avenged an earlier loss with a convincing 76-58 triumph over Union City Tuesday night in Tiptonville.
LC (15-7, 11-2), ranked seventh in the latest Associated Press prep poll this season, needs only to beat Trenton on Friday to claim the regular season league championship and top seed in the circuit’s upcoming tournament.
Union City (15-8, 10-3), which had edged the Falcons 63-60 in an earlier meeting on its homecourt, can still finish in second place in the district with a win over Halls Friday night at home.
The nightcap loss was the second of two lopsided losses Tuesday, the Lady Tornadoes on the wrong end of a 71-38 blowout at the hands of the No. 1 ranked Lake County girls.
The Lady Falcons (24-3, 13-0) clinched the 14A championship in the process with Union City (13-9, 10-3) now a lock for the second spot.
In other district play from Tuesday, South Fulton dropped a pair of Humboldt, the girls losing 68-50, and the Red Devils falling 78-71.
The following is a recap.
Lake Co. 76, UC 58 (B)
The Falcons overwhelmed Union City from the get-go, taking a commanding 23-point lead (47-24) at the half and never looking back.
“They played like it meant a lot more to them than we did,” Twister head coach Shane Sisco said. “They really wanted it.
“What bothers me the most is that’s the second time now (the other vs. Humboldt last week) that we’ve played a good team with something on the line and we’ve not had a lot of intensity. We must get that fixed.”
Lake County made four first-half 3-pointers, while UC was again battling its season-long free throw shooting woes — hitting just half of its 14 attempts over the first two periods.
“We couldn’t make shots and we couldn’t stop them in transition,” Sisco added. “We didn’t turn it over a bunch, but it looked a lot like our game with them in the district tournament last year other than that.”
Freshman Marcus De-Berry was the only Torna-do to score in double figures, hitting for 12 points. Peyton Mosley had eight, but did not play in the second half.
Lake Co. 71, UC 38 (G)
The Lady Falcons were every bit the top team in the state, hitting nine 3-pointers and rolling past the Lady Tornadoes in Tuesday night’s opening game.
Lake County pulled out to a 31-19 lead at the half and then popped for seven of its nine triples in the third period, outscoring Union City 30-9 to widen its margin to 61-28.
“They shot the ball extremely well, and their defense turned us over quite a few times,” UC head coach Eddie Suiter said. “Their press was very effective against us. When they shoot like that, they’re going to be tough on anybody.”
Amber Fair was the only Lady Twisters’ player in double figures with 16 points, while Lake County’s Carnation Hart topped all players with 22. T.T. Flowers added 19.
Humboldt 68, SF 50 (G)
Three Devilette starters fouled out before the fourth quarter began and South Fulton (14-9. 7-6) was outscored 28-14 in that final frame.
The lone bright spot for SF was the return of leading scorer Talleah Cross from an eye injury suffered vs.Union City.
Cross, who missed three games, finished with 10 points.
Kalon Martin led SF with 12.
Humboldt 78, SF 71 (B)
Down 49-31 at halftime, the Redmen made things respectable by outscoring the host team 40-29 over the final two periods.
Kyle Clouse had 18 points to lead SF, while Keshawn McManus, Te-varis James and Jordan Davis all chipped in with 12. McManus had eight rebounds and James seven, while Davis dished out seven assists.
Published in The Messenger 2.1.12