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Helias Knocks Down Lady ’Cats in Home Opener, 57-32

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Posted: Friday, November 23, 2012 4:15 pm

A night after winning their first game of the season, the Union basketball Lady ’Cats came back to earth in their home opener against Helias.

The visiting Lady Crusaders (1-0) jumped on Union (1-1) early to claim a 57-32 victory.

“This is a great test early from a state-ranked team,” Union Head Coach Grant Young said. “It’s tough implenting in a three-week preseason a new system and style. I have all the faith in our team and know they can rally from this loss and learn from their mistakes.”

Helias led 20-5 after one quarter and 33-11 at the intermission.

“I liked the way we looked with the short time we had to prepare,” said Helias Head Coach Doug Light. “Usually, we have another week of practice before we play our first game. We always like to have more time.”

Light is a former Union girls basketball head coach and his wife, Sabrina, is a Union graduate.

Helias scored the first seven points of the game before Union’s Whitney Vitt put Union on the scoreboard. Union’s other first quarter points came from Bethany Coons on a basket and a free throw.

Helias relied on its key returners to put the ball into the basket. Seniors Taylor Hagenhoff, Emma Verslues and Bre Zanders keyed Helias offensively and defensively. While Helias showed offensive prowess, the Lady Crusaders took pride in their defensive play.

“Defensively, we played well,” Light said. “I’ve got a lot of respect for Union and Grant Young as a coach. I was pretty pleased with how things went. We know how fast Union is and stressed to get back defensively. We know that they have so much speed and quickness.”

Union was unable to get the fastbreak game going at all in the first half.

“After missing our first six shots, we really got tentative shooting,” Young said. “Give lots of credit to the size and aggressiveness of Helias defense. Our strength is going inside out with Rachael (Bassett), and Coach Light’s gameplan from the start was eliminating her touches and taking her scoring inside out of the game.”

At the intermission, Verslues had 13 points while Hagenhoff had scored 10.

“And neither one scored in the second half,” Light said. “Others picked it up in the second half.”

Young said Verslues took advantage of her chances.

“Defensively, our approach angles on closeouts gave Helias easy dribble penetration,” Young said. “No. 22, Verslues, really exploited it and got some easy baskets.”

Hagenhoff and Zanders got into foul trouble in the second half, creating opportunities for others to step up.

One of the players who did that was Light’s daughter, Molly, a freshman guard.

“Molly handled the situation pretty good,” Light said. “Others stepped up and filled pretty good roles.”

Throughout the game, Union continued to have trouble shooting.

“We went 0-11 in the first half at the three-point line,” Young said. “We have some really good shooters. I know as the season progresses they will have more confidence and experience offenssively in themselves. Going 5-24 in the first half dug us a hole too deep. We played with more intensity and played more evenly second half.”

Union heads into the Orchard Farm Tournament next week as the second seed. The Lady ’Cats open play Monday against Lutheran North at 6:30 p.m.

The tournament will continue Wednesday and Friday.

Helias is idle until the Norm Stewart Classic Saturday, Dec. 1., and will take on Pleasant Hill at 2 p.m.

“I believe they’re one of the top teams coming into the season,” Light said. “They were No. 1 for most of last sason. We’re trying to schedule teams we think will take us to the limit.”

Helias will return to this area in January, seeing action at the Union and Borgia tournaments.


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

%Washington vs. TBA    4 p.m.

%Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff    5:30 p.m.

%St. Clair vs. TBA    TBA

%Sullivan Shootout

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.


Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games