Playing with something to prove, the Union basketball Lady ’Cats raced to a win over Metro Saturday in the Lutheran South Tournament third-place game, 56-25.
“I think they were without their top two players today,” Union Head Coach Dusty Weiskopf said. “I think we compete with them even with those two girls in the lineup, but it wouldn’t have been this score. We’ll take it. I thought the girls came out and we did what we needed to do.”
Union (9-2) scored the game’s first six points and held Metro (9-4) off the board for nearly two minutes.
The Lady ’Cats led 16-5 through one quarter and 32-9 at the intermission. It was 51-13 at the end of the third quarter.
“When we’re able to come out and jump on teams early like we want to, things get freed up and shots start falling for us,” Weiskopf said. “It’s a lot easier when you’re up 15 and the shots start falling.”
Neither team had a particularly deep bench. Union played seven while Metro was down to six players due to injury.
“We have other players, but unfortunately, the state says you only have three tournaments,” Weiskopf said. “Some of the other players need to be held because we have two JV tournaments left, too. We got the kids who haven’t played in the tournaments in.”
Weiskopf felt his team had something to prove after Friday night’s loss to Ft. Zumwalt West in the semifinals.
“They were not happy about that loss last night,” Weiskopf said. “We say good teams don’t lose two in a row. That’s been my motto. If you’re going to be a good team, you can’t lose two in a row. Going forward, we take one game at a time. There are going to be some bumps in the road. Our schedule is very tough. We’re just going to go one game at a time and see what we can do. Today, we played very well.”
Sophomore Emily Gaebe led Union in scoring with 18 points for the game. She was the only Union player to score in each quarter while going 4-9 from the free-throw line.
Senior Kaylee Bunch was next with 10 points. She knocked down two of Union’s seven three-point baskets for the contest.
Senior Taylor Seely posted nine points with a pair of three-point baskets.
Sophomore Julia Overstreet scored eight points with two three-point shots.
Sophomore Megan Siedhoff scored six points.
Sophomore Maddie Helling was next with three points.
If there was an area for work, it was at the free-throw line. Union sank five of 14 attempts for the game.
Andrea Hudson led Metro in scoring with eight points. She hit one of the team’s two three-point baskets and added three steals, two rebounds and an assist. Hudson was in foul trouble for much of the game and was able to play under control after picking up her fourth foul with 5:31 left in the third quarter.
Micah Goldman and Nia Hunt each scored six points. Goldman also had five rebounds, five steals and two assists. Hunt also had seven rebounds and a blocked shot.
Jalea Scott scored three points and Rachel Jackson was next with two. Scott also had two rebounds and Jackson added three rebounds.
Anna Steck pulled down six rebounds with three steals and two blocked shots.
Metro went 8-46 from the field, including 2-15 from beyond the three-point arc. The Lady Panthers were 7-11 from the stripe.