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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.

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Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Wednesday, Feb. 18

Francis Howell 56, Washington 40

Thursday, Feb. 19

Valley Park at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at MCSAA State Tny    TBA

*St. Clair 52, New Haven 36 

Friday, Feb. 20

*Duchesne 50, Borgia 49

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N    PPD

Crosspoint at MCSAA State Tny    TBA

Saturday, Feb. 21

*Pacific 84, Hermann 38

Crosspoint at MCSAA State Tny    TBA

Monday, Feb. 23

*Sullivan 99, Union 97

Tuesday, Feb. 24

Salem 57, St. Clair 40

Jackson 74, Borgia 50

Union 72, Wentzville Liberty 55

Pacific 64, Washington 48

Wednesday, Feb. 25

Sikeston 64, Washington 47

Thursday, Feb. 26

Pacific 64, Farmington 45

*Holt 61, Washington 57

Friday, Feb. 27

Union 111, Potosi 109 2OT

*FZ Zumwalt North 59, Washington 43

Girls Basketball

Wednesday, Feb. 18

Washington 70, Lindbergh 35

Thursday, Feb. 19

*Sullivan 41, Union 37

*St. Clair 71, New Haven 33

*Hermann 59, Pacific 55

Confluence Prep at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

*Borgia 57, Rosati-Kain 25

Crosspoint at MCSAA State Tny    TBA

Friday, Feb. 20

Crosspoint at MCSAA State Tny    TBA

Saturday, Feb. 21

Crosspoint at MCSAA State Tny    TBA

Monday, Feb. 23

*Washington 58,  Ft. Zumwalt North 27

Union 42, De Soto 41

St. Clair at Salem    5:30 p.m PPD

Borgia 59, Nerinx Hall 42

Tuesday, Feb. 24

Union 53, Wentzville Libert 14

*Holt 54, Washington 51

Thursday, Feb. 26

*Owensville 70, Union 68

Washington 85,  Pacific 80 OT  

St. Clair 76, Cape Centtral 52  

Friday, Feb. 27

St. Charles 59, Borgia 55 OT

2015 District Basketball Tournaments

Boys Basketball

Class 2 District 4

At Barat Academy, Chesterfield

Monday, Feb. 23

(4) Barat Academy 60, (5) Silex 40

(2) Clopton 73, (7) McKinley Classical Leadership 52

(6) Crossroads 38, (3) New Haven 29

Wednesday, Feb. 25

Clopton 56, Crossroads 27

(1) Crystal City 68, Barat 64

Friday, Feb. 27

Championship — Crystal City 66, Clopton 63

Class 3 District 8

At South Callaway, Mokane

Tuesday, Feb. 24

(1) Father Tolton 81, (8) Mongtomery Co 46

(5) Southern Boone 68, (4) Hermann 41

(2) California 70, (7) North Callaway 36

(3) South Callaway 87, (6) Hallsville 66

Thursday, Feb. 26

Father Tolton 40, Southern Boone 23

South Callaway 60, California 34

Saturday, Feb. 28

Championship, 7 p.m.––Father Tolton 72, South Callaway 60

Class 3 District 9

At St. James

Tuesday, Feb. 24

(1) Blair Oaks 70, (8) Dixon 47

(5) Steelville 51, (4) St. James  48

(2) Eugene 77, (7) Cuba 46

(3) Fatima 59, (6) Bourbon 48

Thursday, Feb. 26

Blair Oaks 81,  Steelville 43

Eugene 50, Fatima 45

Monday, March 2

Championship, 6 p.m. ––Blair Oaks vs Eugene

Class 4 District 9

At Sullivan

Tuesday, March 3

(4) Union vs. (5) St. Clair, 6 p.m.

(3) Sullivan vs. (6) Owensville, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 6

(1) Pacific vs. Union-St. Clair winner, 6 p.m.

(2) Borgia vs. Sullivan-Owensville winner, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 7

Championship, 7:30 p.m.

Class 5 District 8

At Washington

Monday, March 2

(4) Washington vs. (5) Eureka, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 5

(1) Lafayette vs. Washington-Eureka winner, 6 p.m.

(2) Marquette vs. (3) Parkway Central, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 6

Championship, 7:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Class 2 District 4

At Barat Academy, Chesterfield

Tuesday, Feb. 24

(4) Crystal City 43, (5) Crossroads 23

(3) New Haven 46, (6) Barat Academy 15

Wednesday, Feb. 25

New Haven 53, (2) Silex 44

(1) Clopton 65, Crystal City 25

Friday, Feb. 27

Championship — Clopton 34, New Haven 25

Class 3 District 8

At South Callaway, Mokane

Monday, Feb. 23

(1) Hallsville 52, (8) Mongtomery Co. 40

(4) California 56, (5) Father Tolton 54

(2) Southern Boone 62, (7) South Callaway 37

(6) Hermann 54, (3) North Callaway 44

Wednesday, Feb. 25

Hallsville 44, California 40

Southern Boone 43, Hermann 40

Friday, Feb. 27

Championship — Southern Boone 45, Hallsville 25

Class 3 District 9

At St. James

Monday, Feb. 23

(1) St. James 86, (8) Bourbon 22

(5) Eugene 51, (4) Blair Oaks 48

(2) Fatima 61, (7) Steelville 29

(3) Cuba 46, (6) Dixon 30

Wednesday, Feb. 25

St. James 67, Eugene 21

Fatima 61, Cuba 30

Friday, Feb. 27

Championship — St. James 59,   Fatima 39

Wednesday, March 4

St. James vs Licking/Houston 7:45 p.m.@Missouri University of S&T

Class 4 District 9

At Sullivan

Monday, March 2

(4) Union vs. (5) Owensville, 6 p.m.

(3) St. Clair vs. (6) Pacific, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 5

(1) Borgia vs. Union-Owensville winner, 6 p.m.

(2) Sullivan vs. St. Clair-Pacific winner, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 7

Championship, 6 p.m.

Class 5 District 8

At Washington

Monday, March 2

(4) Parkway Central vs. (5) Lafayette, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, March 3

(1) Washington vs. Parkway Central-Lafayette winner, 6 p.m.

(2) Marquette vs. (3) Eureka, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 6

Championship, 6 p.m.

*Conference Games

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