Hitting the road Thursday night, the Union basketball Lady ’Cats dropped a 54-37 game to North County.
Union (4-4) trailed 15-7 after one quarter, 27-15 at the half and 44-28 after three quarters.
“North County has a very good team,” Union Head Coach Dusty Weiskopf said. “I have watched them on film several times and they are definitely a team that has and are continuing to get better with every game they play. Last night they just dominated us in about every phase of the game.”
Weiskopf said hitting the road for a long bus ride (North County is in Bonne Terre) is something Union has to learn how to handle.
“It’s a long trip down there, but to be successful we have to learn how to handle those types of trips,” Weiskopf said. “We are a young team, and have to learn how to handle adversity in that type of environment. We did not play well, but that was a great learning experience for our kids. We are going to take this, learn from it, and just continue to get better. I tell them it’s a one-game schedule. We will just take this season one game at a time. That’s the great thing about basketball. There is always another game, or at least until you get into the postseason.”
Maddie Helling led Union in scoring for the night with 11 points.
Taylor Seely was next, scoring nine points.
Kennedy Reeser, the lone senior on the team, scored five points as did Kaylee Bunch.
Emily Gaebe ended with four points while Julia Overstreet added three and Emily Webb chipped in with two points.
Union hit six three-point baskets and went 3-7 from the free-throw line during the game.
“We are doing some really good things,” Weiskopf said. “We have to continue to work on being consistent. That is one of our biggest flaws right now. We will get that part fixed and continue to be a successful team this year.”
Kayleigh Winch led North County in scoring with 22 points.
Michela Mason also reached double digits, scoring 11 points.
Other North County scorers were Julia Christopher with eight points, Stephanie Peterson with five and Alyssa Huber and Ella Gant with four points apiece.
North County hit three three-point baskets and went 7-16 from the free-throw line. The Lady Raiders feature four players at 5-11 or taller.
Union plays two more games before the break, both on the road.
The Lady ’Cats play next Monday at Steelville at 7:30 p.m.
Union visits Waynesville to play the host school in the Route 66 Shootout Dec. 20 at 4 p.m.