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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

Friday, Jan. 2

Sullivan at Washington    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 6

Community Christian at Fulton SA    5:30 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Liberty Christian    7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Fulton SA at Bethel    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:45 p.m.

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    7 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Eagle Ridge    7:45 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

&Borgia vs. Lutheran N    TBA

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Monday, Jan. 12

%St. Charles vs. Bayless    6 p.m.

%Westminster vs. Washington    7:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at Providence    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

%Borgia vs. St. Clair    6 p.m.

#South Callaway vs. North Callaway    6 p.m.

#Hermann vs. Russellville    6 p.m.

Heritage Classical at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

%Francis Howell Central vs. Union    7:30 p.m.

#Montgomery Co vs. New Bloomfield    7:30 p.m.

#Harrisburg vs. New Haven    7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

#South Callaway-North Callaway loser vs. Montgomery Co-New Bloomfield loser    6 p.m.

#South Callaway-North Callaway winner vs. Montgomery Co-New Bloomfield winner    6 p.m.

Bethel at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

#Hermann-Russellville loser vs. Harrisburg-New Haven loser    7:30 p.m.

#Hermann-Russellville winner vs. Harrisburg-New Haven winner    7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

%St. Charles-Bayless loser vs. Westminster-Washington loser    4 p.m.

%Borgia-St. Clair loser vs. Francis Howell Central-Union loser    5:30 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

%St. Charles-Bayless winner vs. Westminster-Washington winner    7 p.m.

Providence at Fulton SA    7 pm.

#Seventh-place game    7:30 p.m.

Consolation game    7:30 p.m.

%Borgia-St. Clair winner vs. Francis Howell Central-Union winner    8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

%Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3:30 p.m.

%Consolation game    4 p.m.

%Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

#Championship game    6:30 p.m.

%Championship game    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    6:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    7:30 p.m.

%Washington Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

Girls Basketball

Friday, Dec. 26

Seckman Tournament

Northwest 43, Mehlville 42

Festus 58, Patriettes 13

Seckman 36, Oakville 28

Pacific 73, Carnahan 38

Saturday, Dec. 27

Seckman Tournament

Mehlville 39, Patriettes 35

Oakville 73, Carnahan 38

Festus 47, Northwest 30

Pacific 51, Seckman 33

Monday, Dec. 29

Seckman Tournament

Seventh-place game—Carnahan vs. Patriettes    1:30 p.m.

Third-place game—Seckman vs. Northwest    1:30 p.m.

Consolation game—Oakville vs. Mehlville    3 p.m.

Championship game—Pacific vs. Festus   3 p.m.

Rolla Tournament

St. Clair vs. Waynesville    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 30

Rolla Tournament

St. James-Sedalia loser vs. Waynesville-St.Clair loser    2 p.m.

St. James-Sedalia winner vs. Waynesville-St. Clair winner    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 31

Rolla Tournament

Consolation game    9 a.m.

Seventh-place game    9 a.m. at MS&T

Third-place game    12 p.m.

Championship game    3 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 2

Hermann at Washington    5:30 p.m.

New Haven at Bourbon    6 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 5

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 6

*Holt at Washington    5:30 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Liberty Christian    5:30 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 7

Borgia at St. Clair    7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Fulton SA at Bethel    5 p.m.

Park Hills Central at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Cuba at New Haven    6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

*Ft. Zumwalt South at Washington    6 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Eagle Ridge    6:15 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

Borgia vs. MICDS (St. Joseph’s Academy Shootout)    12:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Monday, Jan. 12

Lutheran South at St Clair    5:30 p.m.

Lindbergh at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

@Washington vs. Patriettes    5:30 p.m.

#Harrisburg vs. Russellville    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield vs. Montgomery Co    6 p.m.

Fulton SA at Providence    6 p.m.

@Helias vs. Sullivan    7 p.m.

#North Callaway vs. New Haven    7:30 p.m.

#Hermann vs. South Callaway    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Pacific at Ursuline    4:30 p.m.

Ft. Zumwalt East at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Heritage Classical at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

@St. Charles West vs. Union    5:30 p.m.

@Borgia vs. Eureka    7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 14

#Harrisburg-Russellville loser vs. North Callaway-New Haven loser    6 p.m.

#Harrisburg-Russellville winner vs. North Callaway-New Haven winner    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield-Montgomery Co loser vs. Hermann-South Callaway loser    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield-Montgomery Co winner vs. Hermann-South Callaway winner    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Bethel at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Northwest at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

@Washington-Patriettes loser vs. Helias-Sullivan loser    5:30 p.m.

@St. Charles West-Union loser vs. Borgia-Eureka loser    7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

@Washington-Patriettes winner vs. Helias-Sullivan winner    5:30 p.m.

Providence at Fulton SA    5:30 p.m.

#Seventh-place game    6 p.m.

#Consolation game    6 p.m.

@St. Charles West-Union winner vs. Borgia-Eureka winner    7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

@Seventh-place game    1 p.m.

#Third-place game    2 p.m.

@Consolation game    2:30 p.m.

@Third-place game    4 p.m.

#Championship    5 p.m.

@Championship    5:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Union at Warrenton    6 p.m.

Montgomery Co at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    5 p.m.

Parkway West at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

New Haven at Wellsville    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    6 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

@Union Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

Wrestling

Friday, Dec. 26

Union, Pacific at Hillsboro Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 27

Union, Pacific at Hillsboro Tny    TBA

Monday, Dec. 29

Washington at Lindbergh Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Dec. 30

Washington at Lindbergh Tny    TBA

Wednesday, Jan. 7

*Ft. Zumwalt South at Washington     6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Washington at Granite City    4:30 p.m.

Borgia at Hancock Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

Washington at GAC Championships    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

Washington at GAC Championships    TBA

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Union at Liberty Quad    5 p.m.

Washington at Warrenton    6 p.m.

*Sullivan at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 14

*Washington at Holt/Ft. Zumwalt East    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Westminster at Pacific    6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

Union at Branson    5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

Borgia at Owensville Tny    9 a.m.

Washington, Pacific at 141 Rumble    TBA

Union at Branson Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Jan. 20

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt North    6 p.m.

Union at Sullivan/St. James/Warrenton    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Wednesday, Jan. 7

Borgia at Kennedy    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

Borgia/Washington at MICDS    4:15 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 12

Borgia at DuBourg    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Washington at Clayton    4:15 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

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

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt East/Timberland    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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