UC again streaks past SF

UC again streaks past SF
By KEVIN WEAKS
Messenger Sports
South Fulton came so close to finally ending its losing streak against Union City.
The UC girls, meanwhile, appear poised to begin a long win streak of their own.
Union City picked up a pair of big District 14A wins on the road Tuesday night by sweeping county neighbor South Fulton with a 55-29 girls’ decision and a hard-fought 60-57 boys’ triumph.
The Golden Tornado boys ran their win streak over South Fulton to 21 games, while UC’s girls have now beaten SF five straight times.
Both UC teams remain perfect in the district at 4-0, the girls 7-2 overall and the boys 6-2. UC will try to continue that perfect league run on Friday when the Twisters host Trenton.
South Fulton’s girls dropped their first district game after three wins, while the Red Devil boys are 2-2 in league play. Both SF teams are 5-3 overall and will travel to Lake County for a 14A twinbill on Friday.
UC 60, SF 57 (B)
Malik Stockdale hit 3-of-4 free throws in the final 12 seconds to cap the Twisters’ fourth quarter comeback and win.
“Malik Stockdale, when we had a timeout, said in the huddle, ‘Coach, I want the ball at the free throw line.’ When you have a kid who wants the ball to shoot free throws, you draw up something that will get him free throws,” UC head coach Shane Sisco said. “He had a world of confidence and wanted the ball in his hands.”
SF’s Clint Wells scored three times inside for a 51-48 lead with six minutes to play in the game, but LaMonte Dickerson hit a 3-pointer and Donte Simpson converted a three-point play to put UC ahead for good at 55-53.
Both teams missed the front end of a bonus late, but Union City made more plays at the end.
“I think coach Sisco is the best coach in the district,” SF head man Wes Miller said. “He figures out ways to get possessions. I told our guys that when you play a team like Union City, as good as they are and as well-coached as they are, the game comes down to two or three possessions.”
The exciting finish, which was sealed when Harrison Hawks’ halfcourt heave at the buzzer bounced off the back of the rim, was a fitting conclusion to a game that was back-and-forth from the beginning.
Dickerson hit the first of his four 3-point shots and Jakyron Burnside hit his only field goal to rally UC from an early 12-5 deficit and tie the game at 14 with 1:19 to play in the opening quarter. Josh Hollowell flashed open in the lane for his only basket on the night, helping South Fulton to a 17-16 lead at the break.
A triple by Dickerson, and then fast break baskets from Simpson, Marcus DeBerry and Khiry Lewis pushed UC to a 25-19 lead at 5:45. Union City’s lead reached seven points at 34-27, but late buckets in the low post by Red Devil big men Keshawn McManus and Tevaris James whittled the difference to 34-31 at the half.
SF scored the first six points of the third frame and was up 43-39 at 1:12 after Ryan Moore scored in transition and Hawks took a steal in for a layup. After James scored inside to open the fourth, Stockdale hit a trey to tie the game at 45.
UC 55, SF 29 (G)
South Fulton was unable to keep up with the bigger and faster Lady Twisters, who began to pull away in the second period when a pair of 3-pointers by Kealie Reaves put UC up 22-11 at 4:25.
Reaves finished with 14 points, second behind Jackie Hudson’s 19 for game-high honors. UC used its defense to overcome some spotty play on offense and keep the Red Devilettes from ever mounting a comeback.
“I thought our defensive intensity was there consistently,” UC head coach Eddie Suiter said. “We had a few offensive lulls. We weren’t really sure what we wanted to do offensively at times, but the defense was there from start to finish. When we’ve put forth an effort this year, we’ve been able to keep teams from going on big runs, and I thought we did that tonight.”
On the other bench, SF’’s Curt Lee was blunt in his game assessment.
“They had a good defensive game plan, and they physically whipped us,” Lee said. “We weren’t able to get to the rim because they were physically stronger, they were quicker and they played harder.”
UC was scoreless for the first three minutes of the second quarter, but South Fulton scored just two points on the other end to only get within 27-20. Hudson then converted a three-point play, and the Lady Tornadoes were comfortably ahead 36-22 at the horn as Reaves knocked down another trey.
Hudson scored twice and Tory Reedy hit a triple as UC, continuing to force turnovers from its press late, widened the gap to 33 at 55-22 with less than two minutes to play.

Published in The Messenger 12.12.12

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