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Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012 4:15 pm

For the third consecutive year, the Union basketball Lady ’Cats will play for the championship of the Orchard Farm Tournament.

Union (3-1) advanced to the championship game by drubbing host Orchard Farm in the semifinals Wednesday night, 62-28.

The Lady ’Cats will face a familiar foe in the title contest.

For the third year in a row, Union will face St. Charles (3-0). Each squad has won the title once in the past two seasons.

“We have limit the touches and scoring chances of their leading scorers 6-0 Olivia Hollander (14.3 points, 8.0 rebounds per game) and 6-0 Gabby Walker (16.3 points, 8.3 rebounds per game),” said Union Head Coach Grant Young. “St. Charles offense focusses on pounding it inside so it’s a must we make their guards beat us not the inside game. If we can keep them off the boards and get into our transition we can be successful.”

St. Charles defeated Lift for Life in the first round Monday, 57-15, and Granite City in the semifinal Wednesday, 55-31.

Friday night’s championship contest tips off at 8 p.m. at the Orchard Farm Performance Center.

Orchard Farm

Union never allowed the host Lady Eagles to gain any momentum in Wednesday’s semifinals, rolling out to an 18-2 lead through much of the first quarter.

Senior Alyssa Coons ran the offense, scoring 10 points and adding two assists on Union’s first six baskets.

“Alyssa really started us out with a spark,” Young said. “She had our first 10 points and gave us a 10-2 lead. That lead really got the first quarter going. I’m glad she had a breakout game. I know that will help us carry over to the championship game.”

Coons ended the game with 20 points to lead all scorers. She hit a pair of three-point baskets and added seven assists, five steals and two rebounds to her scoring effort.

Orchard Farm picked up two baskets near the end of the period, but senior Abbie Brack hit a three to make it 21-6 after eight minutes of action.

Brack closed the game with four points, three assists, two steals and one rebound.

Orchard Farm actually outscored Union in the second quarter, but couldn’t make a significant slice into Union’s lead. Union held a 35-21 advantage at the end of the quarter.

“We still got good looks but Casey Mann hit two big threes and Meghan Boschert had another for Orchard Farm,” Young said. “Orchard Farm made shots to spread our matchup during the quarter.”

Union had some anxious moments after senior Rachael Bassett was undercut while going for an offensive rebound. Down for a couple of minutes and checked out by the trainer on site, Bassett was able to return for the start of the second half.

Bassett closed the game with eight points, seven rebounds, one blocked shot and one steal.

Union continued the onslaught in the third quarter, rolling to a 16-4 run. Union led 51-25 after three quarters.

In the fourth quarter, Union continue to widen the lead, outscoring the host team, 11-2, to win, 62-28.

“Adjustments and intensity defensively gave us a strong second half,” Young said. “We only allowed six points the second half credit to are pressure and defensive rebounding half court. Are quickness and pace wears on teams and I feel we wore them down by the end of the third.”

Union forced 16 turnovers in the game, and many appeared to be in the key time early in the game.

Union had all eight players score in the game.

Whitney Vitt just missed a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds. She added four assists, two blocked shots and two steals.

Anna Houston closed out the game with eight points. She pulled down two rebounds and added a steal.

Bethany Coons ended up with seven points while adding six rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Jill Johnston scored four points with two rebounds.

And Briana Lakebrink scored twice with three rebounds, two steals and an assist.

Mann, a junior, led Orchard Farm with 10 points. She hit the team’s only two three-point baskets and added one assist and one rebound.

Boschert scored six points while Allison Little and Brooke Semke each added four and Emily Echele and Rachel Knobbe scored two points apiece.

Little and Semke each tulled down six rebounds while Echele had five.

Also playing were Brittany Boyer, Grace Schroeder and Carly Swisher.

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Friday, Oct. 3

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

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    7 p.m.

*Union at Owensville    7 p.m.

*Hermann at St. Clair    7 p.m.

Festus at Pacific    7 p.m.

*Sullivan at St. James    7 p.m.

Cuba at Lincoln    7 p.m.

*Warrenton at Winfield    7 p.m.

*Wright City at Van-Far    7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 26

Union 54, Washington 14

*Borgia 45, Duchesne 7

*St. Clair 57, St. James 55 (2 OT)

*Pacific 40, Owensville 34

*Hermann 24, Sullivan 12

Cuba 74, Liberty Wentzville 7

Parkway West 20, Warrenton 7

Mark Twain 32, Wright City 18

Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S 56, Washington 7

Borgia 42, Cardinal Ritter 6

*Union 55, St. Clair 35

*Sullivan 27, Pacific 10

Owensville 19, Hermann 16

St. James 28, Ash Grove 7

Brentwood 41, Cuba 24

*St. Charles West 49, Warrenton 7

South Callaway 55, Wright City 6

Softball

Wednesday, Oct. 1

*Washington at Holt    4:30 p.m.

De Soto at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Affton    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Steelville    4:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 2

Owensville at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

Union at Salem    4:30 p.m.

Cuba at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Rockwood Summit at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Rolla    4:30 p.m.

Father Tolton at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Crocker    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 3

Belle at New Haven    5 p.m.

Pacific, Sullivan at Rolla Tny    TBA

Saturday, Oct. 4

Pacific, Sullivan at Rolla Tny    TBA

Monday, Oct. 6

Hermann at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

Union at Washington    4:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Festus    4:30 p.m.

Linn at New Haven    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

*Borgia at St. Dominic    4:30 p.m.

District Tournaments

Class 4 District 4

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(5) Rolla at (4) Northwest, 4:15 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 9

Rolla-Northwest winner at (1) Lafayette, 4:15 p.m.

(3) Washington at (2) Eureka, 4:15 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 10

Championship, Eureka, 4:15 p.m.

Class 3 District 7

At St. Dominic

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Borgia vs. (5) Wentzville Liberty, 2:30 p.m.

(3) Winfield vs. (6) O’Fallon Christian, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 9

(1) St. Dominic vs. Borgia-Liberty winner, 2:30 p.m.

(2) Warrenton vs. Winfield-O’Fallon Christian winner, 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 10

Championship, 4 p.m.

Volleyball

Wednesday, Oct. 1

Hillsboro at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 2

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N    5 p.m.

*St. Clair at Union    5 p.m.

*Pacific at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Owensville    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 3

Missouri Baptist JV at ECC    3 p.m.

Lewis & Clark at ECC    7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 4

Indian Hills at ECC    9 a.m.

^Southwestern Illinois at ECC    1 p.m.

St. Clair Tny    TBA

Hermann at Lebanon Tny    TBA

Crosspoint at MAC Tournament    TBA

Monday, Oct. 6

New Haven at Linn    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    5:30 p.m.

Hazelwood West at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Helias at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Blair Oaks    5:30 p.m.

Belle at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

*Washington at Holt    5 p.m.

*St.Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

*Owensville at Union    5:30 p.m.

*New Haven at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Sullivan at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 8

*Mineral Area at ECC    6:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer

Wednesday, Oct. 1

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Columbia Independent at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Union    5 p.m.

Sullivan at North County    5 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 2

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Union at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 3

Lincoln at ECC    4 p.m.

Calvary Lutheran at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Heritage    5 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 5

Lincolnland at ECC    1 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 6

FRC Classic, St. Clair    TBA

Tuesday, Oct. 7

#St. Louis United B at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

*Thomas Jefferson at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    5 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:15 p.m.

FRC Classic, St. Clair    TBA

Wednesday, Oct. 8

FRC Classic, St. Clair    TBA

Cross Country

Wednesday, Oct. 1

St. James Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 4

Washington at Parkway West Inv    9 a.m.

Pacific at Potosi Inv    11 a.m.

Borgia, Union Capital City Challenge    TBA

Tuesday, Oct. 7

Hermann Inv    4 p.m.

St. Clair, St. James at Cuba Inv    4 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 8

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Boys Swimming

Monday, Sept. 29

Wednesday, Oct. 1

*Borgia at Lutheran SC/Christian    TBA

Saturday, Oct. 4

Borgia, Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N Inv    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

Washington at CBC    4 p.m.

*Conference Games

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