By KEVIN WEAKS
Union City’s girls shot past Westview. The Golden Tornado boys almost shot their way all the back, too.
Both Twister teams faced deficits entering the fourth quarter of their home openers against Westview Tuesday night, but the gap was much smaller for UC’s girls, who used a 15-3 run in the middle of the final frame to claim a 63-60 win.
Tiffany Rechis hit six 3-pointers for the Lady Chargers, almost bringing her team back in the final minutes, but Tory Reedy matched Rechis in long-range shooting, and UC connected on 11-of-15 free throws while Westview was just 9-of-20 for the game.
UC’s boys, meanwhile, sliced a 15-point deficit to just three but could not get any closer in a 71-66 loss.
While some big 3-point baskets by Marcus DeBerry got UC back in the game late, the Twisters were ultimately done in by poor shooting, hitting just 8-of-41 triples for the game.
With the split, both Westview teams and the Lady Tornadoes are now 2-1, while the Twister boys are 1-2. All four teams will participate in Westview’s Sonic Thanksgiving Classic on Friday and Saturday.
UC 63, Westview 60 (G)
In a game that was close throughout, with neither team seeing a lead stretch into double figures, UC rallied from a five-point deficit early in the fourth period to go ahead by as many as seven.
Westview’s Kaley Leyhue scored on a pair of backdoor cuts, converting a three-point play on the second, to put her team ahead 47-42.
But, Union City went on easily the most critical run of the game, scoring 15 of the next 18 points. UC went up 49-47 at 5:09 when Jackie Hudson, who finished with 23 points, hit a layup and free throw.
Katelyn Luthi knocked down a three at one end, but then Reedy answered on the other end with two triples for a 55-50 advantage at 3:58.
Hudson then knocked down a pair of free throws for a 57-50 lead. Rechis hit back-to-back treys from the left wing, but Kaleigh Bynum scored inside, Tamara Nettles put back a missed shot and Reedy hit twice at the line for a 63-57 UC lead with 39.7 seconds left.
“Jackie was able to create inside, which opened up Tory outside,” UC head coach Eddie Suiter said. “We need more kids to step up and produce for us. (Bynum) did kind of what we want her to do. She hasn’t been getting herself in scoring situations, but she was more active in the second half. She didn’t stand still and was able to get in behind the defense.”
Rechis stepped back for a 3-pointer from the left wing 15 seconds later, but the Lady Chargers could not take advantage when UC missed twice at the free throw line.
Hudson scored nine points in the first period, helping UC finish strong with a 16-all tie after Westview had gone on a 7-1 run.
Union City had to score big at the end of the second period as well, with Raven Fair and Reedy, who led all players with 24 points, each knocking down triples to tie it again at intermission, 25-25.
Westview was poised to take control in the third period, building its lead to 37-29 on the strength of triples by Rechis and Kendall Leyhue.
UC fought back, though, as Hudson muscled inside for a three-point play, Reedy popped for three and then converted a steal into a layup and Hudson scored in the low post after a Charger turnover to again tie it at 39.
Rechis, who had 20 points, gave Westview a 42-39 lead at the break with a 3-pointer from the left corner.
Westview 71, UC 66 (B)
Trailing 58-43 early in the fourth period, Union City stormed back three points at a time as one triple from LaMonte Dickerson and two more by DeBerry closed it to 58-54 with 3:28 to play.
Westview then pushed the margin back to nine, but UC again came back and had the game to within one possession when DeBerry’s trey from the right wing made it 64-61 at 1:23.
Union City could get no closer, though, as Tyquis Johnson hit four times at the line and once from the field to push back against the Twister rally.
UC’s mounting deficit over the better part of the first three quarters and its furious rally that ultimately fell short, according to head coach Shane Sisco, was the result of mostly self-inflicted wounds.
UC had 19 turnovers and missed 33 3-point tries.
“With the exception of two or three times where they trapped us, we did that (turnovers) to ourselves,” Sisco said. “We knew they would play a 1-3-1, and we knew we were going to have to hit some perimeter shots.
“We just didn’t shoot well, and we were not able to get the ball post where like to get it.”
Union City led 7-4 early, but Westview followed with a 14-0 run to go up 18-7 by 6:23 of the second period.
Malik Stockdale scored once, DeBerry scored twice and Marquille Spears hit twice from the line to get the Twisters within 18-15 at 4:47. Westview closed the first half with a flurry of its own, led by two treys from Antonio Hogard for a 26-19 halftime edge.
DeBerry connected on a triple and a three-point play, and Stockdale hit twice at the line to rally UC again, getting within 29-27. Again, however, the Chargers opened a gap and led 45-36 after three periods.
DeBerry had 21 points and Dickerson scored 10 for UC, while Jazell Baker had 22 and both Hogard and Johnson scored 20 for Westview.
Published in The Messenger 11.21.12