The girls basketball scrimmage at the Spartan Bowl last week was a good start for Union County.

The Lady Patriots bettered the Lady Spartans in all five quarters including two shutout quarters and the JV only giving up one bucket.

“We’ve had really good practices,” UC coach Scott Gray said. “But they are tired of beating up on each other. It was nice to play somebody else.”

Returning lettermen and All-Conference selections, Madison Gray (30 pts.) and Taylor Pinkerton (14 pts.) led Union County and gave the Lady Spartans more than they could handle.

“Madison had a break-out year last year, but I think she’s going to be even better this year,” coach Gray said. “She’s added the ability to shoot the 3-pointer and that’s going to make her very lethal.”

The Lady Pats hit from all over the floor, including eight from beyond the three-point arc from five different Patriots. Gray finished with three, Pinkerton two and Genny Antrim, Brooke Fields and Lauren Alldredge one each.

“We have good leadership and a lot of good returning kids,” coach Gray said. “Pinkerton showed what she can do on the floor although she didn’t shoot well in scrimmage and still finished with 14 points.”

Scores were totaled each quarter and the Lady Pats outscored the Lady Spartans, 12-0, with no one able to stop Madison Gray who was the lone scorer.
Connersville got on the scoreboard early in the second quarter but couldn’t keep up and fell behind, 22-12 at the buzzer.

The third quarter was reserved for junior varsity players, and UC didn’t disappoint coaches and fans. The Jr. Lady Pats came out ahead, 18-2.

“Our JV kids give our varsity a lot of trouble in practice. They battle them tooth and nail,” coach Gray said. “Super excited about the JV,” Gray said. “They did a good job.”
The reserve quarter also had my play of the game.

Leading 12-2 midway through, UC pressured Connersville in their court. The result was a Spartan turnover, and Faith Richardson coming up with the ball. In the battle, Richardson’s glasses became loose as she started to the other end of the floor. With one smooth move and with out missing a step or dribble, the UC sophomore reached up and removed the glasses. Seconds later, with glasses still in hand, Richardson put the ball in the hoop.

Varsity teams returned for the final two quarters, and Union County came out strong with 12-0 shut-out and on top 13-9 in the final period.

“When we get our six-foot center (Sophia Knock) back, that’s going to allow Madison to do a lot more,” coach Gray said. “When that happens, we’re going to be in great shape.” Knock was attending a softball college showcase in Tennessee.

Union County girls basketball will be competitive and fun to watch this season.
“The way it looks now, we think we’ll make a real run this year,” coach Gray said. “Just have to keep plugging away at it.”

Lady Patriots Roster
Seniors -Taylor Pinkerton, Zoe Murphy, Jordyn Tipton, Haylee Richards, Maddie Hoke.
Juniors - Genny Antrim, Tori Russell, Madison Gray.
Sophomores - Lauren Alldredge, Kaleah Louden, Faith Richardson, Sophia Knock.
Freshmen - Brooke Fields, Shelby Hill.
Coaches - Scott Gray, Merissa Ross (JV), Jeff Franklin, Todd Gray, Samantha Strait.

Season opener moved to Saturday
Union County’s schedule says the Lady Patriots host the Milan Lady Indians this Friday, but that has been changed due to Milan’s success in the IHSAA football play-offs.

Scrimmage scoring...
Union County – Antrim 3, Pinkerton 14, Murphy 2, Gray 30, Fields 3, Hill 4, Alldredge 3.
Connersville – Ruble 6, Matney 2, Schneider 6, Dunaway 3, Beckner 2, Cranfill 4.
3-pointers-UC 8 (Gray 3, , Pinkerton 2, Antrim, Fields, Alldredge). Co 3 (Schneider 2, Dunaway).