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Knights hold their own against Spartans in 48-32 loss
January 17, 2020

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Union girls basketball faced a difficult road test as they faced last year's 2A runner-up Grundy Center on Monday, Jan. 13, locking down the Spartans for two quarters before a rough final quarter doomed the Knights to a 48-32 loss.

"This team lost a lot from last year's State runner-up team, but we watched their JV squad last year and knew they were talented," coach Robert Driscol said. "They are doing well again this year, play aggressive and big."

The host Spartans flexed their muscles early as they took a 18-4 lead after the first quarter. As it had in recent games, the Union defense stepped up to hold Grundy Center to six points, chipping at the lead with nine points of their own to go into halftime 24-13.

"Once we settled in, we held them in check with our defense," Driscol said. "We hit some shots, but missed several big opportunities."

Union would continue to tighten their defense in the third quarter as they held the host Spartans to five points, one of their lowest scoring quarters of the season. Natalie Tecklenburg and Carlie Hoppe were able to get the Knights offense going to shrink the double-digit gap to 29-24. Just as Union was able to get the score within four points, Grundy Center found their offensive groove to go on a run at the end to put the game back away.

"A couple of times, we missed big shots and failed to get back on defense to allow them easy baskets," Driscol said. "[Grundy Center] made their free throws. Throughout the game, our free throws were poor. We did some good things against a good team. Mentally and physically, we have to end games tough to be able to get over the hump to finish games."

Tecklenburg and Allie Driscol both scored nine points each for the Knights, followed by Carlie Hoppe with seven points.

"It's good to see multiple girls stepping up and scoring," Driscol said. "If we play like we did for the most part tonight and against Dike last week, these next few games are winnable."

Union faced off against Columbus on Tuesday before making up their postponed game hosting Jesup on Thursday, Jan. 16. The week continued with a trip to East Marshall on Friday, Jan. 17. The Knights are 0-10 on the season.

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