It wasn’t the way the Union basketball Lady ’Cats wanted to go into the Christmas break.

Playing at the Route 66 Shootout in Waynesville, the Lady ’Cats fell to the host squad, 52-19.

“Last night didn’t go our way,” Union Head Coach Dusty Weiskopf said. “We came up against a very talented Waynesville squad. We just didn’t play well offensively. We are struggling right now with a few injuries, and some sickness so we are really going to try to utilize this Christmas break to our advantage.”

Waynesville led Union (4-6) by a 10-0 margin after one quarter, 26-3 at the half and 37-13 after three quarters.

“We are going to try to hit the reset button over the next few days and get back in the gym and prepare for a new year,” Weiskopf said. “I really like our team. We still have to be more consistent, that is going to be our key to success. I think our kids understand that playing tough competition only makes you better and stronger. That will help us a ton down the stretch.”

Union, which features seven freshmen and two sophomores on the 13-player roster, returns to action Jan. 3 hosting Newburg.

In Wednesday’s game, Union’s first basket by freshman Julia Overstreet came in the second quarter. Another freshman, Emily Gaebe, hit a free throw for the team’s scoring in the first half.

Overstreet found the mark in the third quarter and added eight points to end with 10 of Union’s 19 for the event.

Junior Kaylee Bunch and freshman Maddie Helling each scored three points. Junior Taylor Seely added two points.

Re’shawna Stone led Waynesville with 19 points.

Naudia Evans added 15 points. Victoria Perry was next with seven points.

Afatia Poinsette and Mackenzie Coleman scored four points apiece. Kiara Shoulders added three points.