It was a good weekend for Union City.
Not so for South Fulton.
The league-leading Tornado teams overwhelmed visiting Trenton Peabody in a District 14A sweep Friday night, while the Red Devil teams dropped a pair of two-point league heartbreakers at Lake County.
The UC girls roared to 66-18 blowout triumph to improve to 8-2 overall and 5-0 in 14A, while the Twister boys are now 7-2 and 5-0, respectively, after pounding the Tide 72-46.
South Fulton was on the short end of a 57-55 score in the girls’ game at LC, while the Red Devils faltered late and lost 46-44.
The following is a recap.
UC 66, Trenton 18 (G)
Friday’s opener was over quickly as the Lady Tornadoes outscored Peabody 22-4 in the first quarter.
The trend continued as UC held a 42-9 halftime advantage and 61-14 lead at the end of the three quarters. The clock ran throughout the second half.
Jackie Hudson outscored Trenton on her with 26 points, while Tamara Nettles added 11 points for Union City.
“We ran the floor well and were able to get a lot of transition baskets, either off turnovers or defensive rebounds,” UC head coach Eddie Suiter said. “Tamara was big inside, and Jackie was good off the dribble, both scoring and creating for the other players.”
The Lady Tide committed 33 turnovers, and UC out-rebounded the visitors 38-20.
Moesha Marsh topped Trenton with 10 points.
UC 72, Trenton 46 (B)
A trio of 3-pointers by Malik Stockdale and two more from Marcus DeBerry fueled a 26-12 first-quarter lead and the Tornadoes never looked back.
Union City had doubled up the Tide (40-20) by halftime and was up comfortably (61-28) before head coach Shane Sisco emptied his bench for the entire fourth quarter.
Stockdale and DeBerry ended up with 16 points each to pace the victors, while Khiry Lewis was one point shy of double figures.
The Twisters committed just three turnovers over the first three periods, while Trenton was guilty of 18 floor mistakes during that time.
Twelve of 15 players to see action for the locals scored.
UC plays at unbeaten Greenfield Tuesday for sole possession of first place in the district.
Lake Co. 57, SF 55 (G)
Devilette head coach Curt Lee was assessed a technical foul in the waning seconds with his team down one — Lee insisting he was simply trying to get the attention of officials to call a timeout with his club having gained a critical possession.
Instead, the Lady Falcons used the call to hang on and hand SF its second straight league loss after three consecutive wins to open the season. South Fulton is now 5-4 overall.
The Devilettes were up six with just over two minutes to play, but were guilty of four critical turnovers that led to their demise.
SF led 40-35 heading into the fourth quarter.
Taleeah Cross had 22 points and seven rebounds, while Laken Haley had 12 points. Ka-lon Martin had eight points and six boards.
Lake Co. 46, SF 44 (B)
Missed fourth quarter free throws and a blown layup in the last 20 seconds cost the Red Devils a victory in Tiptonville.
SF (5-4, 2-3) trailed 25-20 at the half, but fought back and had the opportunity to win before failing to convert at crunch time.
Tevaris James (17) and Harrison Hawks (15) combined for all but 12 of South Fulton’s points.
James also had nine rebounds, while Keshawn McManus hauled down 11 rebounds. Hawks contributed three assists and three steals.
Clint Wells had seven points and three steals but injured an ankle late in the contest.
South Fulton plays at Halls Tuesday in another district twinbill before hosting Twin-Cities rival Fulton City on Friday.
Published in The Messenger 12.17.12