Union County dropped the opening game of the season to Connersville last week, 42-24. Although it was a blowout, UC coach Alex McCool found positives with this new edition of Patriot basketball.

“Connersville is a good team,” UC coach Alex McCool said. “We played hard and gave a lot of effort. We still got some stuff to work on.”
UC trailed by two in the low scoring (8-6) first quarter and failed to get out of single digits in the final three periods.

“We are a young team with not a lot of varsity experience,” McCool said. “It’s hard to get them to mesh together at this point. Overall I’m happy with our defense.The offense will come eventually as we continue to work together.”

Connersville senior center Jacob Brown’s 14 points led all scoring. Clay Garrison, another senior, added seven points and Ethan Smith and Tobey Billups had six each.

UC junior guard Luke Paddock led the Patriots with six points with Alex VanWinkle and Keaghan Coyle netting five each.

“The intensity was there tonight,” McCool said. “We competed all 24 minutes. That’s all that I can ask.”

The JV Spartans defeated Union County’s very young Jr. Varsity, 64-12. All 12 UC points came off three-point field goals, one in each quarter. Eight-of-eleven on Union County’s JV roster are freshmen.

Next opponent
Union County hosts TEC opponents Knightstown on Friday, Dec. 6 and Hagerstown on Friday, Dec. 13, at Roy E. Stevens Gymnasium at 6 p.m.

Quarter scores
Union County 6 11 15 24
Connersville 8 22 30 42

Union County (24) VanWinkle 2-0-5, Alldredge 0-0-0, Hill 0-0-0, Panceri 1-0-2, Paddock 2-0-6, Coyle 2-1/2-5, Swafford 1-0/1-2, J.Bias 2-0-4. Totals: 10-1/3-24.
Connersville (42) Smith 2-1/2-6, Brown 5-2/4-14, Wickes 1-0-2, Billups 2-0-6, Garrison 3-0-7, Graham 1-0-3, Brock 0-0-0, Martin 2-0-4, Moore 1-0-2, Williams 0-0-0. Totals: 17-3/6-42.
3-pointers-UC 3 (VanWinkle, Paddock 2). Co 5 (Smith, Graham, Garrison 2).   
Rebounds-UC 13 (Coyle 3). Co 19 (Smith 4).  
Turnovers-UC 12. Co 13. 
Total Fouls-UC 11. Co 13.
Fouled out-VanWinkle.

JV Quarter scores
Union County        3     6     9   12
Connersville        19   32   49   64
UC scoring...Wollyung 3, R.Bias 3, Elleman 3, Swafford 3.