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Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 10:45 am

After suffering two straight losses last week at the Borgia Tournament, Union was anxious to get back on the floor for its Four Rivers Conference home game Monday against St. Clair.

The two teams played a close game all the way with the Lady ’Cats claiming a 48-41 victory at Union High School.

“We needed a win to get that confidence booster, to get our heads back up after a tough stretch at the Borgia Tournament,” said Union Head Coach Grant Young. “Whether it was a one-point win or a 20-point win, you have to get kids’ confidence up. The only way you can do it sometimes is stepping on the floor again.”

Union (14-6, 3-1) currently stands in a second-place tie with Hermann in the FRC standings, one game behind 4-0 Sullivan. Pacific and St. James both are 2-2.

“We have a crazy conference with a lot of good teams. There’s no easy game,” Young said. “The team playing the best at district time will win it. A lot of it has to do with matchups on the floor.”

St. Clair (10-10, 1-3) has dropped two straight league games.

“The girls played hard. I was pleased with our effort,” said St. Clair Head Coach Jena Carroll. “It was one those games that could have gone either way. It came down to a couple of possessions that changed the momentum.”

Bethany Coons led all scorers in the game with 17 points for Union. She was 7-10 from the free-throw line.

Alyssa Coons and Whitney Vitt both finished the game with eight points. All eight of Alyssa Coons’ points came in a span of two minutes during the second quarter.

Rachael Bassett pitched in with seven points.

Abbie Brack and Megan Altemueller both added three points. Briana Lakebrink scored two points.

Also playing were Jill Johnston, Anna Houston, Kaila Aubuchon and Maddy Weinhold.

“They took advantage of our size. They posted us up. That’s an advantage everybody is going to have on us. We try to find out what defense can help us,” Young said. “Our kids did a great job. We played 11 kids. Megan Altemueller came in and hit a big three for us.”

Bassett, Union’s leading scorer and rebounder, is dealing with a back injury. She did not start, but did play.

“We have four scorers who average double figures with the two Coons girls, Rachael and Whitney. We’re going to have a different player step up every night,” Young said. “We’re best when we get the rebound, get in transition and go. That’s what we’re missing with Rachael. She’s averaging 10 rebounds a game. We’re just not getting off to the races to get our easy layups and transition threes.”

Young hopes to have Bassett full healthy soon.

“Before Rachael got hurt, she was averaging 15 points and almost 11 rebounds a game. Now she’s barely at 11 and eight because of the time she gets in,” Young said. “We have to have her on the floor because she’s the glue for us. We feel more relaxed when she’s out there. We have to get healthy.”

Karissa Hoffman led St. Clair with 14 points, 12 in the first half. She also had nine rebounds and three steals.

Sam Deason finished the game with 12 points, 10 in the second half. She added seven rebounds.

Allison Hinson added nine points and three assists.

Kayla Klenke, Anna Reed and Alicia York each scored two points.

Also playing were Katelyn Guehne, Halley Cokley and Emily Presley.

Union was 13-23 from the free-throw line. St. Clair was 5-7.

“With a little over four minutes to play, they got three offensive rebounds and used the clock during each possession to their advantage,” Carroll said. “They shot well from the outside and that hurt us.”

The Lady Bulldogs jumped to an 8-2 lead in the opening six minutes and led 8-7 after one quarter.

Alyssa Coons scored eight quick points to help Union gain the lead 20-19 midway through the second quarter.

The Lady ’Cats held a 25-22 halftime advantage.

The game was tied 31-31 with 4:36 remaining in the third quarter.

Union took a 39-36 advantage into the final eight minutes.

St. Clair could not pull closer than three points during the fourth period.

“We got down early. I tried to keep them calm. We didn’t shoot our best. Our three-point shooting wasn’t there, even on our home floor,” Young said. “We do so much through Rachael inside to get open looks, and we just don’t have that yet until she gets healthy. The good thing is we adjusted defensively on them. Whitney Vitt did a good job inside with our 1-2-2 to stop some of the posting up that No. 23 (Hoffman) did against us.”

Union’s JV team improved to 16-2 on the season with a win over St. Clair.

St. Clair hosts St. James Thursday at 6 p.m. Union visits Owensville Friday for a 6 p.m. varsity start.

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Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

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

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

St. Clair vs. Lindbergh, 1 p.m.

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington vs. Lutheran South, 4 p.m.

Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff, 5:30 p.m.

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

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 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

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.

Wrestling

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

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