The Union County Lady Patriots improved to 8-1 last week after handing the Talawanda Lady Braves a 60-31 set back.

“Good scoring especially in the first half, had 40 points but then a terrible third quarter,” UC coach Scott Gray said.

Talawanda’s offense struggled through the first half scoring a total of five field goals. After the halftime intermission, 6’ freshman Kylee Fears 14-point run single-handedly out-scored the Lady Pats, 14-5, in the second quarter.

“I just don’t understand the third quarter after scoring so well in the first half,” Gray said. “But we got back to it in the fourth quarter.”

For whatever reason, UC returned in the final eight minutes with double digit scoring and energized defense. The Lady Braves were held to two field goals while UC nailed five field goals, including a trey, and 3-of-3 free throws.

UC’s Madison Gray and Fears both finished with 21 points and top rebounding honors for their respective teams. Fears had 10 and Gray 6. UC sophomore Sophia Knock was also in double figures with 17 points and five rebounds.

“It’s been a busy week for us,” coach Gray said. “And today has been a long day for us. Our kids were here early and stayed all day to support our girls basketball alumni.”

Next opponent
The Lady Patriots host Tri High on Wednesday, Dec. 18 and travels to Winchester on Saturday, Dec. 21.

Then after the Christmas break comes the Lincoln Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 28.

Quarter scores
Talawanda 6 13 27 31
Union County 22 40 45 60

Talawanda Motta 1-0-2, Tegge 0-0-0, Wetzel 0-0-0, McDade 2-0-4, Fears 7-4/6-21, Wright 1-0-2, Morris 1-0-2, Croucher 0-0-0, Martin 0-0-0. Totals: 12-4/6-31.

Union County Antrim 0-0-0, Pinkerton 3-1/2-8, Murphy 3-1/2-9, Gray 9-1/2-21, Knock 6-4/4-17, Tipton 1-1/2-3, Fields 1-0-2, Richards 0-0-0, Hoke 0-0-0, Alldredge 0-0-0, Russell 0-0-0. Totals: 14-7/10-60.

3-pointers-T 3 (Fears). UC 4 (Pinkerton, Murphy 2, Gray).
Rebounds-T 20 (Fears 10). UC 25 (Gray 6).
Turnovers-T 25. UC 13.
Total Fouls-T 18. UC 9.
Fouled out-None.

JV Quarter scores
Talawanda 6 9 18 35
Union County 12 23 30 33
UC Scoring: Louden 6, Alldredge 2, Richardson 8, Hill 4, Greene 4, McCashland 6, Fields 5.