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Lady ’Cats Keep Pace in FRC With Win Over St. Clair

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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.


Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Owensville 41, Hermann 40

St. James 80, Montgomery County 39

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson 65, Pacific 44

^Borgia 82,  Union 61

~Warrenton 69, Chamois 24

^Washington 49, St. Clair 45 (OT)

~Wright City 51, New Haven 37

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Northwest vs. Hillsboro   5:30 p.m.

~Chamois vs. New Haven    6 p.m.

~Warrenton vs. Wright City    6 p.m.

^Union vs. St. Clair    7 p.m.

~Hermann vs. Montgomery Co    7:30 p.m.

~Owensville vs. St. James    7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

^Borgia vs. Washington    7 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Monday, Feb. 2

New Haven at Silex   5:30  p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Whitfield at Union    4 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

Pacific at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Fulton SA at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Wellsville at New Haven     6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    6:45 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Borgia    7:15 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Owensville at New Haven   6 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville 64,  Montgomery Co 32

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann 57, Wright City 26

Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven 42, Montgomery Co 34

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Chamois 61, Wright City 20

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific 62, Union 59 (OT)

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Lutheran South 54, Wentzville Liberty 40

~Owensville 54, New Haven 24

^Warrenton 51, Holt 44

~Chamois 50, Hermann 45

^Washington 54, St. Clair 31

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Borgia at Notre Dame    6:45 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game — Union vs. Wentzville Liberty   4 p.m.

~Consolation — Montgomery Co. vs. Wright City    5 p.m.

^Consolation — Pacific vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Haven   6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game — St. Clair vs. Holt   7 p.m.

~Championship — Owensville vs. Chamois   8 p.m.

^Championship — Washington vs. Warrenton    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

#Borgia vs. Patriettes    4 p.m.

#Cardinal Ritter vs. Union    5:20 p.m.

De Soto at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    6 p.m.

#Washington vs. Parkway South    6:40 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    7 p.m.

#Helias vs. Troy    8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

#Washington-Parkway South loser vs. Helias-Troy loser    4 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes loser vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union loser    5:20 p.m.

#Washington-Parkway South winner vs. Helias-Troy winner    6:40 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes winner vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union winner    8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Barat at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

#Seventh-place game    noon

#Consolation    1:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3 p.m.

#Championship    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Elsberry    5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    6 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

#Borgia Tournament


Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific 42, St. Clair 33

Borgia 36, Hallsville 30

Helias 66, Borgia 21

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Union at Farmington/Summit    5 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James/Owensville    5:30 p.m.

Washington at Seckman    6 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    TBA

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at Potosi/Festus    5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

Borgia at O’Fallon Christian    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at AAA Tny    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at Union    6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

Washington at Seckman Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at Francis Howell Central Inv    9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Pacific at Parkway Central Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington 91, Borgia 80

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington 122, St. Charles West 46

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at McCluer North    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at MICDS/Duchesne (Rec-Plex)    8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Borgia at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 12

Borgia at AAA Meet    TBA

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

*Conference Games