The Union County Lady Patriots celebrated Senior Night last week with an overwhelming 58-14 win over the young Centerville Lady Bulldogs.

“We had a good response from all the girls,” UC coach Scott Gray said. “And why not? The JV has a 14-3 record and won three C-team games, so that makes them 18-3.”

But this was Senior Night and Gray made the starting line-up accordingly – seniors Maddy Hoke, Zoe Murphy, Haylee Richards, Jordan Tipton and Madison Gray filling in for Taylor Pinkerton, who is on crutches following knee surgery.

On the other hand, Centerville is without a senior on its roster and struggled against the experienced Lady Pats.

Union County scored in double figures in all but the final period. The Lady Bulldogs scored no more than five in any eight-minute quarter.

Gray’s connection with this year’s team dates back to when his sister Jenny coached them in kindergarten. 

“When I took over the program, I said this is going to be the group that will get us over the top a little bit,” Gray recalled. “Last year they were 19-5 and this year so far 17-4. Great kids. They work hard and have been so good for our program. I’ll miss them.”

Madison Gray was the game’s leading scorer with 12 points and added six rebounds. Ashley Walter led Centerville with 10 points, including a 3-pointer.

Union County also won the JV game, 40-6. 
Sectional is in progress

IHSAA Girls Basketball Sectional 41 at Northeastern began Tuesday of this week - too late to make this week’s Herald.
Sectional schedule: 

•Feb. 4 - UC vs Hagerstown and Shenandoah vs Centerville.

•Feb. 7 - Northeastern vs Game 1 winner and Knightstown vs Game 2 winner.

•Championship - Winners of Game 3 and 4 play in the championship game on Saturday, Feb. 8.

Quarter scores

Centerville          2     6   11   14
Union County    15   34   49   58

Centerville (2-19, 1-7) Waters 0-0-0, Tedder 0-0/1-1, Duke 0-0-0, Ulm 2-0-4, Walter 3-3/4-10, Marshall 0-0-0, Bennett 0-0-0, Woodruff 0-0-0, Holland 0-0-0, Totals: 5-3/4-14. 

Union County (17-4, 5-4) Gray 2-7/8-12, Hoke 1-2/2-4, Murphy 3-1/4-7, Richards 2-0/2-5, Tipton 3-0-6, Antrim 2-0-4, Knock 3-2/2-8, Fields 2-0-4, Hill 1-1/2-3, Greene 1-0-3, Louden 1-0-2, Alldredge 0-0/2-0, Richardson 0-1/2-1. Totals: 20-13/20-58.

3-pointers-Ce 1 (Walters). UC 3 (Gray, Richards, Greene).   
Rebounds-Ce 27 (Duke 5). UC 28 (Knock 8). 
Turnovers-Ce 20. UC 8. 
Total Fouls-Ce 21. UC 13.
Fouled out-None.

JV Quarter scores...
Centerville          0     3     6   6   
Union County    25   21   33   40
UC scoring: Louden 3, Alldredge 11, Russell 2, Richardson 5, Hill 20, Persinger 2, McCashland 5, Greene 2. Totals: 13-10/14-40.