By RANDY CAVIN
Special to The Messenger
Three Obion County teams participated in the Westview Thanksgiving Classic over the weekend, with all three teams picking up wins.
Union City girls’ basketball team played twice in the classic, splitting its games against Munford and Middleton. The Lady Tornadoes could not overcome some bad shooting from the field and at the line in their 37-36 overtime loss to Munford on Friday.
The poor shooting continued to plague the Lady Twisters on Saturday in their 42-34 win against Middleton, until Tory Reedy got hot in the fourth period.
A close game in the first quarter turned into a 19-point win for Union City in the boys’ game against Middleton with the Tornadoes getting a 66-47 win.
Obion Central hammered University School of Jackson in boys’ action on Friday. The Rebels took care of the Bruins 75-28.
Munford 37, UC 36
Several missed opportunities by the Lady Twisters proved costly in their overtime loss to the Lady Cougars. Poor shooting from the perimeter, under the basket and at the free throw line haunted UC throughout the game.
The only thing that kept the game close was Munford’s shooting, which was just as bad.
Tamara Nettles had a chance to send the game into a second overtime when she was fouled with 8.5 seconds remaining. Down 37-35, Nettles missed the front end of a pair of free throws. She made the second shot to pull the Lady Twisters to within one.
Munford nearly gave the Lady Twisters another chance to score when the Lady Cougars went for a long inbound pass that went out of bounds at the other end of the court. Union City also had trouble with its inbound pass and turned the ball over with 2.7 seconds remaining. Munford was able to inbound the ball and run the clock out.
The Lady Twisters went 9-of-17 at the free throw line and only hit one 3-pointer in the game. Nettles led UC with nine points, followed by Jackie Hudson with eight. Kealie Reaves had seven for UC. Reedy, normally an accurate shooter, only had one point in the game.
UC 42, Middleton 34
Reedy made up for a bad game of shooting on Friday with nine points in the fourth period on Saturday to help the Lady Tornadoes (3-2) get past the Lady Tigers on Saturday.
UC took a 27-26 lead going into the fourth period, but Middleton took the lead with seven minutes to play. That’s when Reedy took over. She got her first basket of the game at the 6:40 mark to give UC a lead that it would not give back up.
Nettles scored three points the old fashioned when she hit a free throw after she made a basket under the rim to give UC a four-point lead. Kristian Davis followed up Nettles with a 3-pointer to put UC up 35-28.
Reedy scored the Lady Twisters’ final seven points of the game.
The game was much like the previous game on Friday, in which both teams had trouble scoring throughout most of the game. Both teams had success scoring in the first period, and then both teams had trouble getting the ball to fall through the basket in the second and third periods. Middleton’s shooting problems continued in the final period.
Jackie Hudson led UC with 13 points. Nettles scored six, Kaleigh Bynum and Raven Fair each scored four for UC. Aveyale Joy had a game-high 16 for Middleton.
UC 66, Middleton 47
A close game turned into a huge win for the Tornadoes, with Marcus DeBerry scoring 19 of his game-high 25 points in the second half.
DeBerry was quiet in the first period with no baskets to his credit as UC took a slim 10-9 lead into the second period. UC opened up the game with a six point run, but the Tigers closed the gap with a seven point run of their own to end the first period.
Marquille Spears put UC up 19-14 on a pair of baskets before DeBerry got his first points (a 3-pointer) of the game midway through the second period. DeBerry closed out the Tornadoes’ scoring in the second with a 3-pointer. UC led 24-11 at the break.
DeBerry got UC going in the third period the same way he closed out the second — with a 3-pointer. He scored 11 of the Tornadoes’ 13 points in the third period and added eight more points in the fourth period with all of them coming in the paint.
Malik Stockdale was second in scoring for UC with 10. LaMonte Dickerson and Jamie Hyde each scored seven. Donte Simpson and Khiry Lewis had six each for UC.
OCCHS 75, USJ 28
The Rebels hit five 3-pointers in the first period — three by Shaw Logan and two by Mike Klein — and slaughtered the Bruins to improve to 3-1 on the season. The two threes by Klein were his only points in the game.
The Rebels scored 24 in the first period and 26 in the second to take a commanding 50-20 lead at the half.
The Rebels slowed down some in the third period, but not much, as they outscored the Bruins 18-6 in the period.
With the game well decided by the beginning of the fourth, both coaches put in their reserves, but the Rebels still held the Bruins to a single basket in the period.
Logan finished with a game-high 26 points, followed by Bryan Morris with 14. Eleven Rebels scored in the game.
Published in The Messenger 11.26.12