Union Girls Basketball steadily increased the intensity of attacks against the Cougars in the Baker Den climbing to a 23-10 lead at halftime and built a 32-point advantage in the fourth period en route to a 49-19 victory last Thursday.
“We have been struggling coming in 4-4 and should have been 6-2, but we let two close ones slip away from us. Tonight the girls played like we have been practicing. They hit the open shots, they were seeing the girls who were open and it was an awesome team effort tonight,” Union Girls Basketball coach Alex Stapleton remarked.
“I couldn’t have been prouder of them. It was a good conference win against a good opponent.”
The Tigers missed their opening shot with Bridgette Knapp snatching the rebound, then East Hardy’s Tera Jones stole the ball.
Union’s Hailee Whitacre swiped the ball back and was fouled before Jones created another steal and Knapp deflected the ball out of bounds to prevent a score.
The Cougars notched the first points of the game as Jones knocked down a jumper at the 6:45 mark, then Union went on an 11-nil run.
An answer came from the Tigers as Whitacre garnered a basket to tie the gam at the 6:18 mark.
East Hardy was whistled for a walk, then Jones collected a defense board and was tied up for a jump ball.
Knapp stole the ball and dished to Olivia Bomboy for the go-ahead layup at 5:08.
The Cougars were penalized for a lane violation, then Union’s Clarissa Chapman hit a jumper for a 6-2 lead at 4:34.
East Hardy’s next field goal attempt ricocheted off the rim and out of bounds, then Perry Whetzel grabbed a defensive rebound.
The Cougars lost the ball and Union missed another shot with Knapp collecting the board.