It took over a month to complete, but the Union girls basketball team finally concluded play in the Northwest Tournament Saturday.

Union (2-7) lost in the third-place game to host Northwest (8-3), 54-45.

“It was a good game,” Union Head Coach Dusty Weiskopf said. “Both teams have got so much better since the first time we played. I thought the difference was they played three games over the break and we did not.”

Union started with a win in that tournament Dec. 2 by beating Hillsboro in the opening round, 56-48, but then lost to Ritenour in the semifinals, Dec. 7, 47-35.

Saturday’s game marked the second time this season Union had lost to Northwest. The Lady Lions won at Union Dec. 9, 33-32.

Northwest pulled out to a 19-13 lead after one quarter. Union rallied in the second quarter, but Northwest held a 28-24 lead at the intermission.

Northwest led after the third quarter, 39-31.

“We are getting better and that’s all that matters, Weiskopf said. “We are going to play a bunch of games from here on out and that will help us.”

As the team did during the 2013 portion of the season, it turned to junior Bri Clark to lead the way in scoring. Clark netted 17 points for the Lady ’Cats.

However, Union had more balanced scoring in the game. Senior Megan Altemueller hit double digits with 11 points. She made two three-point baskets and went 2-4 from the free-throw line to lead Union in that category.

Senior Ali Overstreet hit a pair of three-point baskets to conclude with eight points. Senior Anna Houston closed the contest with six points.

Sophomore Emily Bay concluded the game with three points.

“Our scoring is getting better as we had five girls get in the book,” Weiskopf said.

Union’s scheduled home Four Rivers Conference game against New Haven was called off due to weather. It hasn’t been rescheduled yet.

The Lady ’Cats return to action next week in the Union Tournament. The host squad is seeded seventh and opens against Sullivan next Tuesday at 6 p.m.

The tournament runs through Saturday, Jan. 18.