Lion girls unable to keep pace with UC
Posted: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 12:00 pm
By KEVIN WEAKS
Dresden barely had enough points to outscore one Union City player.
The Lady Lions’ point total was not enough, it turned out, to outdo the rest of UC’s lineup.
Dresden, ranked ninth in the final Associated Press Class A girls’ basketball poll, had its 2011-12 season ended with a 48-31 loss to the Lady Tornadoes in the Region 7A Tournament semifinals Saturday night at Trenton.
UC’s Amber Fair scored 29 points, including 15 in the decisive fourth quarter as the Lady Twisters pulled away in a game that had been close much of the way.
Tory Reedy added 13 points for Union City, while Dresden did not have a player in double figures, led by Jessica Jones with nine.
“Congratulations to Union City,” said Dresden head coach Jonathan West. “They played well.”
West did not see that same type of play from his unit, which hit just 10 field goals for the game, four in the first half, and was just 10-of-21 at the free throw line.
“In the first half, I thought everybody played not to screw up instead of trying to make plays,” West said. “When you play scared, you get beat.”
The first 16 minutes proved to be a study in frustration for both teams, combining for just 29 points with Union City leading 16-13 at the half.
The Lions had twice as many fouls (eight) as it did made field goals (four) and hit just four times at the line in 12 attempts.
“We felt like at half, when we were down three, we should have been up 15,” West said. “We missed free throws, and by people who don’t miss them. And, we missed about five layups with no one around us. You make half your free throws and half your layups, you’re up 15 and the game’s probably totally different.”
Instead, Dresden held just one lead — for all of 21 seconds — and was tied three times. UC freshman Kealie Reaves took a steal the other way for a layup at 6:09 to play in the second period for a 12-10 lead, giving the Lady Twisters the advantage for good.
The Lady Lions trailed 8-6 after one period but took their only lead on a 3-pointer by Carrie Hatchel at 7:43 of the second period. UC was back ahead at 7:22, however, on a stickback by Fair.
Union City was not much better in the first half, its 16 points coming on five field goals, including a triple by Fair to open the game, and 5-of-11 free throw shooting.
But, the second half was mostly a clinic in scoring by Fair, who scored seven points in the third period and was then virtually unstoppable with 15 of her team’s 18 points in the fourth.
UC finished 14-of-27 at the line.
Dresden graduates Jones, Kristen Childress, Alex Glisson and Allie Phillips. Published in The WCP 2.28.12