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Starters step up in win over Vikettes 50-39
January 31, 2019

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The Union girls basketball team tallied their third win of the season on Saturday, Jan. 26 as they overcame a sloppy third quarter against visiting Vinton Shellsburg to take a double-digit win.

"Vinton-Shellsburg has been struggling like we are, but they play in the WaMC, which is a tough league with tough competition every night," coach Robert Driscol said. "We threw records out the window tonight and were ready for a good game."

The Lady Knights got off to a strong start in the first half despite their offense starting off sloppy with only eight points in the first quarter. Like it has much of the season, the Union defense kept them competitive in the opening minutes before the offense caught up and put up 23 points to the Vikette's 13.

"Our offense over the season has been streaky, but we had some good runs where we were putting up points on the board," Driscol said. "When we were not getting anything, our defense was good enough to allow us to stay in this game."

Union's lead quickly dissipated as the Vikettes come out with some key deflections and scored off turnovers for the first four points of the half. The Lady Knights continued to maintain their lead until late in the quarter to tie 35-35 after an offensive charge was called on Natalie Tecklenburg."

"They made some good adjustments to the zone we were running and eventually we changed our defense to counteract them," Driscol said. "They hit some good shots to create a great run to make this a competitive game."

A change to a press and man-to-man gave Union transition opportunities and sent them to the line as fouls piled up for Vinton-Shellsburg. A 6-0 run courtesy of the Cartys and Tecklenburg helped ice the game along with free-throws (15-24 in the game).

"It was a tight ball game for much of that fourth quarter and I was glad to see our girls keep their composure to find a way to stay the course," Driscol said. "Making enough free throws to keep the lead kept us in this game. Our posts did a great job of contributing and anytime you can have well-rounded scoring is an asset."

Tecklenburg led the Lady Knights with 14 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals. Allie Driscol had nine points and two rebounds, Glenn with nine points and six boards. Rounding out the starters were the Carty sisters, with Allie tallying eight points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals, and Megan with eight points and eight rebounds.

The win comes a day after a blowout loss to Wapsie Valley in La Porte City 48-20, where the Lady Knights went seven of 54 shooting and had only three made free throws. Allie Driscol tallied seven points, five rebounds and five steals in the loss.

"Wapsie Valley did a good job on defense to take our two leading scorers out of the game," Driscol said. "We had shot opportunities, but didn't shoot well at all from the guards or our posts. They execute their offense well to make it a pretty decisive win."

Driscol hopes the win over Vinton-Shellsburg shows the team they are capable of putting together a solid game on both ends of the floor as they approach the final stretch of their season. The Lady Knights had their rescheduled game at Columbus Catholic cancelled on Monday, and will next travel to Hudson on Thursday before hosting A-P for senior Night on Friday. The Dike-New Hartford game at Union has been rescheduled for Saturday, Feb. 2 and the final season game will be against visiting Clarksville.

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