Jumping out to a huge early lead, the Parkway South Lady Patriots defeated Union for third place Saturday at the Borgia Competitive Edge Tournament, 44-37.
"I thought my kids did a very good job and played extremely hard," Union Head Coach Dusty Weiskopf said. "With the style of play that Parkway South likes to play, I knew it would be an ugly game and it was. We just had way too many turnovers that cost us. We missed a ton of layups as well. If we just find a way to convert half of those, we win the game."
Parkway South zipped out to an 8-2 lead after one quarter and was up 19-9 at the half. It was 34-22 after three quarters.
Union was able to chip into the lead, but never was in position to challenge as it ended up a seven-point gap at the final horn.
Most of the Parkway South damage in the first quarter came from the free-throw line, where the Lady Patriots went 6-8. Mia Patterson, Parkway South’s top scorer, was 3-4 from the stripe in the quarter. She ended with 15 points.
Patterson and Grace Ellington made the all-tournament team from Parkway South. Ellington scored 10 points in the contest.
Patterson added nine rebounds, an assist, a blocked shot and a steal. Ellington had four assists, three rebounds, a blocked shot and a steal.
Linnea Johansen scored seven points while Sydney Gaughan and Emily Shin each added three points and Lauren Bles contributed two.
Parkway South hit two three-point baskets and went 14-25 from the free-throw line.
For Union, senior guard Kennedy Reeser led the scoring attack with 15 points.
Taylor Seely was next with 10 points.
Kaylee Bunch contributed seven points while Emily Gaebe and Megan Siedhoff each scored two points and Julia Overstreet contributed one point.
"We had a really good tournament," Weiskopf said. "We competed and got to a third-place game. I believe this tournament is at a great time, its right before we really get into our conference schedule, and with the competition that's there, it really prepares us for the stretch run. Reeser had a really solid tournament. She has been playing well lately and deserved to get put on the tourney team."
Union returns to action Tuesday, hosting Sullivan in Four Rivers Conference action. That game was scheduled for Monday.