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TSSAA Championships: Chattanooga Prep rides dominant first half to roaring 85-53 win over Union City

In the highly-anticipated TSSAA Class 1A quarterfinal showdown at the Murphy Center, Chattanooga Prep asserted their dominance with a convincing 85-53 victory over Union City, a game that promised excitement but ultimately showcased the might of Chattanooga Prep’s offense.

The opening quarter set the tone for the contest, with Union City’s Ben Kaili opening the scoring. Union City, exhibiting fierce competitiveness, managed to keep the deficit to a mere three points by the quarter’s end. Malaki Davis’s consistent scoring and Jack Trulky’s robust presence on the boards kept Union City’s hopes alive as they ended the first quarter 14-17.

However, the second quarter saw Chattanooga Prep shift gears, with Ta’Suade Williams leading a 30-point barrage, demonstrating exceptional skill beyond the arc and flawless execution at the charity stripe. This explosive quarter left Union City trailing by 29 points at halftime, despite their best efforts to stem the tide.

Union City, undeterred by the scoreboard, entered the second half with resolve. Kenny Moss and Joseph Lattus provided sparks of energy off the bench, with Lattus converting crucial free throws. However, Chattanooga Prep’s depth became increasingly evident, as contributions from Eli Gaines and Derrick Robertson kept their momentum unbroken.

Defensively, Union City worked to disrupt Chattanooga Prep’s flow, with Finn Frankum and Tayeshari Jones bringing intensity to the court. Yet, Chattanooga Prep’s offense, led by an inspiring performance from Ta’Suade Williams, continued to find answers, maintaining a comfortable lead through the third quarter.

As the final quarter progressed, it was clear Chattanooga Prep’s offensive prowess and strategic execution had taken its toll on Union City. The final minutes ticked down with Chattanooga Prep’s bench clearing, as all players contributed to sealing the victory.

For Union City, the loss concludes a season filled with hard-fought battles and a display of true sportsmanship. As the final buzzer sounded, the team walked off the court with heads held high, knowing that the experience gained this season lays a strong foundation for the challenges that await next year.

The determination and resilience shown by the players have not only earned them the respect of their peers but have also galvanized the community, setting the stage for the return of a formidable Union City team in the next season.

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