Warming up for its first tournament excursion of the season, the Union basketball Lady ’Cats triumphed over the St. Louis Patriettes homeschool program Monday, 58-25.
The game was the home opener for the Lady ’Cats.
“We got our first win of the season last night,” Union Head Coach Dusty Weiskopf said. “I thought our kids did a really good job and played extremely hard for four quarters.”
Union hits the road later this week for three games in Branson. The Lady ’Cats take on Branson Thursday at 7 p.m., Lake Hamilton, Ark., Friday at 4 p.m. and Bolivar Saturday at noon.
“Our trip to Branson will not be easy,” Weiskopf said. “We will play three very tough teams in a three-day period. We play Branson, Lake Hamilton out of Arkansas, and Bolivar, all who return their core starters, and all who had winning records a year ago. If we go down there and just play our game, I think we have a chance to be competitive and come out of there with some wins.”
Weiskopf likes the Branson trip because it gives the team a chance to bond off the court early in the season.
“Basketball aside, this trip is good for our kids,” Weiskopf said. “It’s a chance to get away, spend some time with each other and enjoy another really cool city for a couple of days.”
Against the Patriettes Monday, Union led 24-7 after one quarter, 37-13 at the half and 50-21 after three quarters.
Nine different players scored for Union.
Freshman Julia Overstreet was the leading scorer with 13 points, including two three-point baskets. She was 3-4 from the free-throw stripe.
Another freshman, Emily Gaebe, netted 12 points with a pair of three-point shots.
“We are a young team, but I am really proud of how some of our freshmen stepped in and played extremely well,” Weiskopf said. “We were led in scoring by two freshmen in Overstreet and Gaebe. Two other freshmen, Megan Siedhoff and Maddie Helling, came in and gave us some really strong minutes.”
Siedhoff netted six points while Helling had four.
Senior Kennedy Reeser contributed six points while junior Taylor Seely scored four. Junior Kaylee Bunch and sophomore Moriah Espowe each netted two points.
“Our veterans are doing a really good in helping our young kids along,” Weiskopf said. “We guarded really well but offensively we finally slowed things down, moved the ball and got looks that we know we can knock down.”
Union played 10 different players in the game and Weiskopf noted eight of them got into the scoring column.
“Scoring wise, we were pretty balanced,” Weiskopf said. “For us to be successful, we will need to be balanced in the scoring department. I still believe that once we get in a groove and start playing multiple games we have a chance to be very dangerous.”
Rachelle Carr and Grace Turilli tied for the Patriettes’ scoring lead with five points apiece.
Lizzy Pott netted four points, Rebekah Segrist and Julia Side each scored three points, Makayla Williams and Maya Washington scored two points apiece and Anna Thomas added one point.