Taking the long and winding road to Steelville Monday, the scenery proved to be the best part of the trip for the Union basketball Lady ’Cats.

Steelville defeated Union (4-5), 59-29.

“We got beat by a very talented Steelville team,” Union Head Coach Dusty Weiskopf said. “We have been hit by the flu bug, so a few girls didn’t feel real well, and we were down a starter. Not making excuses by any means, but missing a starter and having a few not feeling well hurts when you play a team as good as them.”

Steelville led 16-7 after one quarter, 34-12 at the half, and 51-25 through three quarters.

“They just jumped on us from the start,” Weiskopf said. “They guard well and shoot the ball extremely well. We did not guard very well or shoot very well last night. We just have to keep playing, it does not get any easier.”

Kennedy Reeser and Julia Overstreet led Union in scoring, netting nine points apiece.

Overstreet was 6-7 from the free-throw line. Reeser hit three of four chances from the stripe.

For the game, Union hit 15 of 23 attempts from the line. The Lady ’Cats also knocked down a pair of three-point baskets and four two-point shots (three by Reeser).

Taylor Seely was perfect at the free-throw line for her four points.

Kaylee Bunch knocked down a three-point basket.

Maddie Helling had the other basket for her two points and Megan Siedhoff knocked down two free throws.

Abby Booker led Steelville with 18 points while Kaylee Hutson netted 17. Hannah Cottrell scored 11 points.

Other Steelville scorers were Faith Bair with four points, Sydney Booker with three and Courtney Lea, Alyssa Church and Lydia Sexton with two points apiece.

Steelville hit nine three-point baskets and went 6-9 from the free-throw line.

Union finishes 2017 at the Route 66 Shootout at Waynesville Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m.

“We have Waynesville tomorrow and they are a very, very good team as well,” Weiskopf said. “We just have to realize that playing tough competition makes us better. If we can just stick with the process, continue to get better, we will be all right come seasons end.”