Tigers take victories over Panthers

Union County High School

Tuesday Jan. 9, the Union County High School Panthers played an away 7-AAA region game at Dawson County High School.

The Lady Panthers fought hard but foul trouble got the best of them early on as center Kait Mccarter had to sit down early in the first and second quarters due to this.

The Lady Panthers fought hard early on with Q1 trailing 9-11 at the buzzer. Mccarter led the lady panthers with 5 in Q1. The Lady Panthers still had life in the second quarter although 3 starters had 2 or more fouls. Mccarter led all UC scorers with 7 points in the first half.

The Lady Panthers started out slow out of the half as they were on the wrong side of a 18-4 run to open Q3.

The Lady Panthers could never get back in reach of the Lady Tigers. Sophomore forward Andelin Hill led all scorers with 17 points, Mccarter also had (12), senior guard Bailey Daniel and sophomore guard Brooke Dockrey (8)The final score was 42-54.

The Lady Panthers fall to 11-5 and 3-2 in region play, the next game being Friday, Jan 12 against the Fannin County Rebels in a region match-up tipping off at 7pm.

The Panthers followed the lady panthers tipping off at 7:30.
The Panthers were in for a battle all night long and it showed as the score was tied at 12 end of Q1. The panthers also got into some early foul trouble as senior Candler Colwell had 2 fouls in the first 1:30.
This was a hard fought defensive battle all night long as no team had larger than a 4 point lead in the first half. The panthers trailed 27-25 at the half.
The Panthers were fighting all night long, senior forward Crawford Colwell hit a layup at the buzzer to put UC up by 1 at the 3Q buzzer 38-37.
The Panthers played keep-away by holding the ball for over 5 minutes in Q4, but missed key free throws in the last :45 seconds to fall to 13-3 and 3-2 in region play.
Offensively, Union was led by sophomore guard Pierson Allison (11), Senior Patrick Bagget and Senior Crawford Colwell (9).  The next game being Friday, Jan. 12 against the Fannin County Rebels in a region match-up tipping off at 8:30pm.  Full coverage to follow.

Warriors Slay Dragons at Mountaintop Tourney

Sports, Team FYN Sports

Courtside coverage provided by Reagan Young, TeamFYNSports Reporter

This past Friday at the Mountaintop Holiday Classic, the White County Warriors and the Pickens County Dragons traveled to Fannin County for their match up on day two of the tournament. Both teams were coming off of a loss from the first day of the tournament and ready to walk away with a win.

It was a high action and fast paced game from the start. The Dragons made the majority of their points from down low while the Warriors did most of their damage from driving the lane. Dragon post, Seth Bishop, led Pickens in scoring from the block with twenty-one points. Warrior guard, Austin Harris, led his team in scoring with twenty-four points due to his hustle. Warrior post, Austin Rowland, had the hustle on defense to make steals and contribute twelve points for his team. With the Warriors in the lead near the end of the third quarter, Pickens makes a buzzer beater shot to tie the game 17-17.

The hopes were high at the beginning of the second quarter. Both teams had the same chances of winning and were not giving up. The lead went from team to team and it became unpredictable on who would have it next. Warrior, Chandler Harris’s outside shooting came alive which put eleven points on the board for White County. Warriors, Reece Dockery and J. Ben Haynes, also had a good game above the key by each adding five points to White County’s score. The Warriors took a seven point lead over the Dragons at the end of the second quarter by making the score 29-22.

With Pickens down more than they had been the entire game, they were determined to make a come back. Both teams applied heavy defensive pressure on the other by putting a full court press into action. The press resulted in both teams getting steals and adding onto their score. At the end of the third quarter, White County doubled their lead over Pickens with a score of 47-33.

Pickens picked up the pace at the start of the fourth quarter. The Warriors start to put even more defensive pressure on the Dragons and draw fouls. Warrior, Jay Lepkoske, contributed one of his five points from the free throw line. The Warriors also started to have good looks inside which resulted in Kaleb Crane’s overall four points. Warriors, Daniel Rowland and Cooper Turner, followed the trend and each added four points onto White County’s score. However, the Warriors were not the only ones adding onto their score. The Dragons came back at the end of the fourth quarter with a score of 53-53, putting the game into overtime.

The intensity came alive at the beginning of the quarter. Both teams had four minutes to win the game. Pickens finally took the lead that they had been working for the whole game just to have the score tied once again at 63-63, putting the game into double overtime.

Four more minutes were put on the clock as both teams gave the game their all. The quarter was filled with hustle after loose balls, fouls from attempting to keep the other team from scoring, and heart. The back and forth of the game had everyone on their feet as they watched with anticipation. Although both teams played to the best of their ability, the White County Warriors had a 74-67 victory over the Pickens County Dragons.

The White County Warriors win puts their overall record at 9-4 while the Pickens County Dragons stand at 4-9. Catch the Warriors next game on January 2 at 5:45 as they travel to take on North Cobb Christian!

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