The Lady Spartans adorned all pink uniforms tonight in support for the annual Think Pink game in which they took on the visiting Lady Raiders. This game was also the senior night for the graduating Lady Spartans, which included, Destiny Robinson, Mia Bronson, Faith McKoy, Shanas Cladwell, and Brianna Frederick. The Lady Spartans fought hard but just came up short, 57-38.
The Lady Raiders came out in the first quarter with a lot of momentum leaving the Lady Spartans trailing behind by 14 points. Midway seemed to be able to defensively keep the Lady Spartans away from the net, 20-6.
The Lady Spartans continued to struggle in the same way in the second quarter. Being limited in real opportunities to shot for the basket but also a strong Lady Raider offense was too much for Union to handle. At the half, the Lady Raiders had made a nice gap for the lead, 36-11.
The Lady Spartans came back after the half bringing more to the court this time. They were able to outscore the Lady Raiders in the second half but it proved too much to come back from for the Lady Spartans. The third quarter ended by a score of 47-23.
The Lady Spartans kept up their new found force in the fourth quarter and forced many turnovers but the Lady Raiders already had a nice lead from the first half Union was just unable to recover from, 57-38.
Taylor Faircloth led the Lady Raiders with 22 points tonight along with shooting the most baskets from behind the arc with 4. Leah Williams contributed 14 points and Logan Baggett added 5.
Destiny Robinson led the Lady Spartans with 13 points. Faith McKoy added on 10 points and Shamyra Hope had 7.
Lady Raider head coach, Brian Wallum, was unavailable at press time.
Lady Spartan head coach, Bryant Register was disappointed with the loss but was still pleased with the way his team played in the second half. “Obviously, the game didn’t go as we hoped it would because we got off too a very slow start in the first half. However, when we were back in the locker room after the game I told them how well they played in the second half. We ended up outscoring Midway in the second half but we had just dug ourselves just a little too deep of a hole in the first half.”
“I’m very proud that we didn’t give up, we continued to fight, and continued to battle in the second half. For my five seniors, I love every one of them and thank them for everything they’ve done for Union High School and now its off to the conference tournament and were ready to find out who were going to play in that first round,” Register concluded on the game and the end of the regular season.
This was Union’s last game of the regular season and they will now be heading into the conference tournament. The Lady Raiders will play at home one last time, as they host the opening round of the tournament on Monday, Feb. 15th against West Bladen.
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