By MIKE HUTCHENS
Messenger Sports Editor
MURFREESBORO — Union City’s historic season and hopes of giving Obion County a second team to play for a state championship on Saturday were ended by a 36-26 loss to Jackson County in the Class 1A semifinals tonight.
The Lady Tornadoes concluded their otherwise stellar 2011-12 campaign — one that saw them make the TSSAA-sponsored state tournament for the first time ever — with a 22-11 record.
UC failed to score in the second quarter and had just four points by halftime in suffering its season-ending defeat to the seven-time state champion Lady Blue Devils.
Union City made just 21.7 percent (10-of-46) of its shots for the game — that after a 2-of-19 effort over the first two periods.
The Twister girls did make a run in the third period, outscoring JC 15-4 with stepped-up defensive pressure, and were within a single point (20-19) just before the buzzer to end the stanza.
Jackson County (29-6) made five consecutive free throws down the stretch, though, to keep the locals in the rear.
Amber Fair had 10 points and Tori Reedy seven for UC.
Jackson County will play Clay County for the 1A title at 6 on Saturday.