High school basketball teams from all over North Georgia gathered together for the second annual Union County FCA tournament this week.
Schools represented included Lumpkin, Murphy, Union, Towns, Pickens, Gilmer and Hayesville. Each school brought their Junior Varsity and Varsity teams, along with both men’s and women’s teams.
Teams had the opportunity to scrimmage one another beginning on Monday and lasting until Tuesday evening. Junior Varsity teams played primarily on Monday, leading into the Varsity teams on Tuesday. On Tuesday, the Varsity women’s teams played in the morning before men’s teams in the afternoon.
The tournament was split into two locations: Union County High School and the middle school. This division gave teams the opportunity to play more than once, and games could occur simultaneously.
Scrimmages were timed at 40 minutes each with 20 minutes halves and ten minutes between each game.
The Panthers tipped off against North Hall @ 4:30 in the region tournament. The Panthers were looking to secure a playoff spot which a win would do. A loss would be the Panthers would not make the playoffs.
Both teams got off to a slow Q1 as the Panthers led 8-7 after Q1. Baggett led UC scorers with 3 in the first quarter.
The first half was one of the lowest scoring half’s UC had seen all season as they trailed 17-13. The Panthers were led by Drake with 4.
Can. Colwell fouled out with a little over 4:00 left to play in Q4. The Panthers fell to the Trojans 50-42. UC was led by Baggett and Drake whom both had 15.
The Panthers fall to 16-9. The Panthers season is now over. This is only the second team in school history to ever start 10-0. Both teams that started 10-0 lost to Murphy in the 11th game and neither made the playoffs.
Sophomores Drake and Allison were both selected to the 7-AAA all region team which is voted on by the coaches. Cra. Colwell and Baggett were honorable mentions.
Drake led the Panthers with 13.0 points per game followed by Allison with 12.1. Drake did this despite missing 4 games with a knee injury.
Craw. Colwell and Drake both averaged 6 rebounds a game. Followed by Allison with 4.5.
Can. Colwell led the Panthers with assists per game averaging 2.8, followed by Allison with 2.4.
Drake also led the Panthers in steals per game with 2.9 followed by Allison with 2.4
Drake averaged 1.0 block per game followed by Waller with .5.
The Lady Panthers tipped off at 7 following senior night at 6. The Lady Panthers had 2 seniors, Bailey Daniel and Grace Wischmeyer. Wischmeyer was limited to playing time this season due to a knee injury.
The Lady Panthers faced off against the Lady Tigers from Dawson County. The Lady Panthers fell to the Lady Tigers earlier in the season 54-42. The Lady Panthers looked to secure a spot in the playoffs with a win.
Mccarter led UC with 4 of the 9 points scored in the first quarter. The Lady Panthers trailed 11-9 after Q1.
The Lady Tigers used a 12-4 run to open Q2 to extend the halftime lead 32-21. Ade. Dockrey led the Lady Panthers with 4 points. The Lady Tigers also used a 9-1 run the close Q2.
The Lady Panthers fell behind majorly in the first half due to poor free throw shooting. The Lady Panthers shot only 35% from the line 6-17.
The Lady Tigers separates themselves over the course of Q3 with a score of 54-31. Hill led Lady Panthers scorers with 4.
The Lady Panthers fell 70-38 to the Lady Tigers. Sticker led the Lady Tigers with 25. Mccarter led the Lady Panthers with 8.
The Lady Panthers finish the 15-9 in the regular season. The Lady Panthers next game will be Wednesday Feb 7th, at East Hall facing off against Dawson in the first game of the region tournament.
The Panthers had several seniors, twins, Candler and Crawford Colwell, RJ Banton, Cole Davis, Timothy Patrick, and Patrick Baggett.
Cra. Colwell was only 6 points away from hitting his 1000th point. The Panthers trailed early 13-9 at the end of Q1 as they were led by Baggett who had 4.
The Panthers trailed 31-34 at the half. UC was led by Allison who has 3. Cra. Colwell with 1:38 left to play in Q2.
The Tigers used a 8-0 run to open Q3 as they led 45-34. DC was led by Reed with 5 and The Panthers were led by Davis with 4.
The Panthers would fall to the Tigers for the second time this season 59-47. The Panthers fall to 16-8. UC wad led by Baggett with 17. The Panthers will play @ East Hall Feb. 6th, I. The opening round of the region tournament. The Panthers will play North Hall.
Isaac Tritt made history last week. With his 4th-place finish at the AAA Sectional wrestling tournament last weekend, Tritt became first person in Union County history to ever advance beyond Area competition. He now has an opportunity to be the first Union County High School student to place at the state tournament.
Tritt started playing soccer when he was only four years old. In the 7th grade, he began wrestling. By his freshman year, he decided to dedicate 100% of his attention to the mat; and as a junior, his commitment is paying off.
Tritt wrestled in the 138-lb class his freshman year, before moving up to the 145-lb class last year. The 7-lb weight gain has given him more strength in the clinch without sacrificing speed in scrambles or shots from outside.
TeamFYNSports asked Tritt how he’s handling the reality that he’s making history, and he said, “It feels great knowing I was able to pave the road to state. The hard work was definitely worth it.”
Tritt said the sport of wrestling has taught him more than just how to throw or pin someone – it’s built character.
“When life gets hard you just have to keep pushing forward, this is something the coaches have instilled in this program,” Tritt told TeamFYNSports in a recent interview.
He said that he’s looking to push the pace of each match at the state tournament, and he is looking to dominate his opponents. Recognizing that the Panthers wrestle in one of the toughest regions/areas in the state of Georgia, Tritt may see some familiar faces as he advances through the tournament this weekend.
TeamFYNSports would like to congratulate the Union County wrestling program and we wish Isaac Tritt all the best this weekend.
Saturday Jan 13th the Lady Panthers tipped off at 6pm against the Lady Spartans of Greater Atlanta Christian Academy.
The Lady Spartans lost their star point guard Robynn Benton, Auburn basketball commit class of 2018. The Lady Panthers seemed well over matched as GAC was ranked the #1 team in the state.
The Lady Panthers never backed down to what would be a hard fought tough four quarters in which the score doesn’t show.
The Lady Panthers were led by Brooke Dockrey in the first quarter as she had 6. Followed by Andelin Hill who had 2. The Lady Panthers trailed 18-6 at the end of Q1. The Lady Panthers trailed ay the half 27-12. The leading scorers at the half were Brooke Dockrey and Andelin Hill 4 points. The Lady Spartans leading scorer was #2 Taylor Sutton with 10 points.
The Lady Panthers scored more points in the third quarter than in the first 2 combined, to trail 43-26 going into the fourth.
Kait McCarter led all scorers in the fourth quarter on both sides with 6 points.
The Lady Panthers fell to the top ranked team 61-38, bringing their record to 12-6 and 4-3 in region play.
The Lady Panthers top scorers were sophomores Kait McCarter and Andelin Hill (10) followed by Brooke Dockrey (8), and Bailey Daniel (6).
The Panthers followed the varsity girls by tipping off at 7:30pm.
The first quarter showed that GAC was all that they’ve been hyped up to be, as Union County trailed 24-12 at the end of the first. The Panthers were led by Pierson Allison (5).
At the half, the Panthers trailed 33-18, sophomore guard Pierson Allison accounted for half of Unions points scoring 9 in the first half.
Fifth-ranked GAC blew things open with a 16-6 third quarter.
The Panthers trailed 49-24 at the end of Q3, but they didn’t hang their heads. They expected a tough game against the region leading Spartans.
Pierson Allison again led all Panther scorers in the 3rd with 4 points.
In the end, the Panthers fell to the Spartans 70-39. With the loss, the Panthers fell to 13-5 and 3-4 in region play.
The Panthers top scorers were Pierson Allison (13), Patrick Baggett (10), RJ Banton and Candler Colwell both scored 4. The Panthers were scheduled to travel to Pickens County Tuesday Jan 16, but those games were canceled due to inclement weather and have yet to be rescheduled.
Friday Jan 12, the Lady Panthers faced off against the Fannin County Lady Rebels in a 7-AAA matchup. The Lady Panthers tipped off at 7pm.
The Lady Panthers got off to a hot start leading 11-7 at the end of Q1. The Lady Panthers were led by sophomore forward Andelin Hill who had 5 Other scorers were Kait Mccarter(4), Bailey Daniel(2).
The Lady Panthers wrapped up an intense 2nd quarter with a 26-19 lead over the Lady Rebels. Kait Mccarter had a huge quarter scoring 11. Sophomores Brooke Dockrey and Andelin Jill also had 2 points, respectively.
Going into the third quarter, the Lady Panthers got off to a hot start as they pulled an 11-0 run to extend the lead to 37-24. UC was led by Bailey Daniel(5), Kait Mccarter(4), Brook Dockrey(2). Kait Mccarter scored a career high 25 points in a Lady Panther domination of the Lady Rebels by a score of 45-29.
Bailey Daniel and Brooke Dockrey also scored (7) each. The Lady Panthers improve to 12-5 and 4-2 in Region 7-AAA. The Lady Panthers play GAC on Saturday, Jan 13th. The Lady Spartans are ranked #1 in the state in AAA.
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.