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Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 12:30 pm

Jumping out to a huge lead, the Union basketball Lady ’Cats captured consolation honors at their own basketball tournament Saturday against Washington, 44-37.

While Union (11-4) scored early, building up a 22-7 lead with over five minutes to play in the second quarter, Washington (6-6) fought back and cut the final margin down to seven points.

“It was good jumping on them early in the first quarter,” Union Head Coach Grant Young said. “It was good that our kids came out and persevered early. We knew they would come back. Those kids would run through a wall for Coach (Adam) Fischer. They’ve really improved from last year. He’s got a good group and he’s doing a good job with them.”

Washington Head Coach Adam Fischer lauded his team’s effort in coming back.

“We dug ourselves a big hole to start the game against Union,” Fischer said. “At one point early in the second quarter, we were down 22-7, and we didn’t have a lot of things going right for us. We talked at one of the timeouts about getting more aggressive on the defensive end of the floor and that aggressiveness seemed to carry over on the offensive side too. Our team never quit at that point and mid way through the third quarter we found ourselves only down five, but we never could get over the hump and cut into the lead more.”

Washington’s strong effort in the paint made it very difficult for Union to score near the basket, but Union senior Rachael Bassett persevered and finally earned her 1,000th career point with 4:46 to play in the game.

“Coach Fischer is doing a great job,” Young said. “They’re very long. Rachael had a tough time finding easy shots because they’re so tall and so long in that 1-2-2 zone.”

According to Union records, Bassett became just the fifth Lady ’Cats player to reach the 1,000-point milestone, joining Gayle Klenke (1,464), Kelly Weirich (1,185), Beth Thater (1,172) and Stephanie Thater (1,098) in that club.

“Congratulations to Bassett for scoring her 1,000th point,” Fischer said. “She is an excellent ballplayer and has worked hard to achieve that goal.”

Both teams had players selected to the all-tournament team. Union was represented by senior Alyssa Coons while Washington junior Courtney Kedroski represented the Lady Jays.

Union hit seven three-point baskets in the game and that was a key in how the Lady ’Cats built up the lead.

“The good thing is that we hit some big shots,” Young said. “Whitney (Vitt), Alyssa (Coons) and Abbie (Brack) hit some big three pointers. We made seven for the game.”

Coons buried four of those three-point baskets and ended the game with 14 points.

Senior Whitney Vitt ended the game with nine points while hitting two three-point baskets.

Sophomore Bethany Coons netted eight points.

Senior Abbie Brack scored seven points and hit one three-point basket.

Bassett ended the game with six points.

Also playing for Union were Megan Altemueller, Anna Houston, Jill Johnston and Briana Lakebrink.

“Our kids come out and compete in every game,” Young said. “We play a tough schedule. We compete every game. We’ve just got to come out mentally focused every game because it’s a chess match with the teams in our area. You’ve got to execute at the right times to be able to win games.”

Washington ended with three three-point baskets, all by freshman Paige Carpenter. She led the Lady Jays with 12 points.

Senior Kaitlin Evans scored seven points.

Senior Kirstie Leslie ended the game with six points.

Junior Rachel Kackley scored four points.

Junior Courtney Kedroski scored three points. Junior Megan Bauche and sophomore Megan Freitag scored two points apiece. Junior Alex Ready closed with one point.

Also playing was senior Helena Ballmann.

Union jumped out with back-to-back three-point baskets by Vitt and Alyssa Coons midway through the third quarter. Union closed the quarter with another three to go up, 15-5.

Union opened the second quarter on a 7-2 run to go up, 22-7, with 5:19 to play in the half.

“As a coach, I knew they would come back slowly on us,” Young said. “They really tried to limit Rachael’s touches in the paint. Our guards stepped up and took care of the ball.”

But that served as a wake-up call for the Lady Jays, who responded by going on a 12-2 run of their own. A three-point basket by Alyssa Coons gave Union a 27-19 advantage at the break.

Washington got as close as five points in the third quarter, but Union again came up with clutch three-point baskets to maintain a lead. After three quarters, Union led 35-28.

Union sealed the victory in the fourth quarter, hitting enough free throws down the stretch to never be threatened.

“We stalled their late-game situation and made them go man,” Young said. “That helped us out so we could pull it apart a little bit and we got some easy buckets in the late-game situation.”

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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

^Hillsboro 49, Northwest 34

~New Haven 35, Chamois 28

~Wright City 47, Warrenton 41

^Union 63,  St. Clair 60

~Hermann 63 vs. Montgomery Co 5

St. James 57, Owensville 35

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge 80, Lutheran South 59

^Borgia 46, Washington 43 (OT)

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game — St. Clair vs. Northwest   2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation — Union vs. Hillsboro    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game — Washington vs. Lutheran South   5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship — Borgia vs. Rock Bridge    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

*Notre Dame 50, Borgia 45

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game — Union 66, Wentzville Liberty 31

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

^Consolation — Lutheran South 55, Pacific 49

*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 — Holt 63, St. Clair 49

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

^Championship — Washington 61 Warrenton 50

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

Wrestling

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

Summit 39, Union 34

Owensville 41, Pacific 38

Pacific 45, St. James 28

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at DeSoto   5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at DeSoto 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

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