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Patriots rule at Franklin County

By Vivian Risch, Contributor

“Tonight was just our night,” UC coach Jesse Moses said after Union County beat Franklin County, 54-28. “They are missing one of their leading scorers and are struggling a little bit. We made a lot of shots and rebounded well and when you have nights like that, you'll end up like this.”

The Wildcats are without Clayton Spurlock who is out with a torn ACL. The 6'1 junior guard averaged 20 ppg before the injury.

“We came down here thinking we're going to be in a ball game and played our game,” Moses said. “It was fun.”

The Patriots didn't hesitate. A 3-0 jump start together with five FC turnovers ended with Mook Shepler netting a pair of buckets on a rebound put-back and a Cameron Sanford assist in traffic.

Aden Garrian, Lucas Stacy and Chad Cox replaced the Wildcats' 10-2 first quarter deficit, but Shepler followed with back-to-back buckets and a pair of assists to lead the Pats to a 22-10 lead at halftime.

UC substitutes frequently without any let- up and in the second half the Pats added 18 to the scoreboard in the third period and controlled the boards, 9-6. Another 14 points in the final eight minutes gave Union County a 54-28 win over the Wildcats, the ninth in a row.

Sanford at point guard and a leading Union County scorer was surrounded by multiple FC defenders throughout the game and still finished with 18 points.

“Cam Sanford is a special player,” Moses said. “He's the point guard that everybody else wants and we're lucky enough to have. He knows he has to give his best look in all situations.”

Sanford (UC) and Jordan Floyd (FC) finished with 18 points each and Shepler had 16. Union County won the rebound battle, 27-18.

“Collectively tonight I liked that our guys were focused,” Moses said. “We know we have a lot of games ahead of us that we want to win to be ready for March. That's what tonight's game was about. It was fun.”

Union County hosts Shenandoah this Friday, Jan. 11, at 6:30 p.m. and Rushville on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 6 p.m.

Quarter scores

Union County 10 22 40 54

Franklin County 2 10 18 28

Union County – Sanford 6-5/7-18, VanWinkle 3-0-6, Fields 1-0/1-3, Shepler 7-1/2-16, Hensley 0-1/2-1, Hornung 1-0-2, Webb 0-0-0, Osborne 3-2/2-7. Alldredge 0-0-0, Swafford 0-0-0, Bias 0-0-0. Totals: 3-18-9/16.

Franklin County – Bolos 0-2/4-2, Bogan 1-0-2, Floyd 6-4/5-18, Stacy 1-0-2, 1-0-2, Cox 2-4/6-8, Bauman 1-0-2, Erfman 0-0-0, Gerrian 1-0-2, Walsh 0-0-0. Totals: 10-8/15-28.

3-pointers – UC 3 (Fields, Sanford, Shepler). FC 2 (Floyd).

Rebounds – UC 27 (Shepler 4, Fields 3). FC 18 (Cox 4).

Turnovers – UC 11. FC 16.

Fouls – UC 12. FC 13.

Fouled Out – None.

JV scores

Union County 16 23 35 49

Franklin County 5 12 27 36

UC scoring: Paddock 6, J.Bias 8, Coyle 11, Alldredge 8, Swafford 2, Wollyung 7, Richards 2. Totals: 18-5/8-44.