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Girls Basketball – Union 50, Wapsie Valley 19

By Head Coach Robert Driscol

Union Opens the Season at Wapsie

The Union Girls Basketball Team opened up the 2014-15 season with a 50-19 win at Wapsie Valley.  Union came out strong and built a 17-5 lead after the first quarter of play.  Behind Kaeli Block's 10 points, Union built a 24-9 halftime lead.  The second half saw a stiff Union defense which gave up just seven total points and zero in the fourth quarter.  

"The kids played great defense throughout the game and did not have any let downs.  Having three girls, Sherwood, Powell, and Block, in double figures was nice to see for the first outing.  Block shot well from inside and out hitting four threes on the night."

Courtney Powell -12 pts
Maggie Driscol - 5 pts
Peyton Parker - 2 pts
Kaeli Block - 20 pts
Kaylee Sherwood - 11 pts

Girls Basketball – Union 33, New Hampton 23

By Head Coach Robert Driscol

Union Tops New Hampton 33-23

Union traveled to Wartburg College on December 6 for a non-conference match-up with New Hampton.  Union came out with a strong defensive effort and held New Hampton scoreless for most of the quarter and lead 11-3 at the end of one.  Union lead 20-8 at half behind the hot hand of sophomore Kaeli Block who had 13 first half points.

Union kept the lead throughout the third earning a 27-14 advantage heading to the fourth.  With limited scoring in the fourth, Union continued to defend and held on for a 33-23 win.

"The girls realize that offensive output and shooting may come and go, but defense and rebounding needs to be consistent.  Tonight it was and helped us earn another win.  Kaeli and Courtney shot well especially in the first half."

Union is now 2-0; 1-0 in the conference

Courtney Powell - 10 pts
Maggie Driscol - 3 pts
Morgan Phillips - 1 pt
Kaeli Block - 17 pts
Kaylee Sherwood - 2 pts

Girls Basketball – Dike-New Hartford 42, Union 29

By Head Coach Robert Driscol

Union Falls to Dike

On December 9, the sixth rated Dike-New Hartford Wolverines beat Union 42-29.  The first quarter saw each team get off to a slow start.  Union trailed 11-9 at the end of the first.  Union tied up the game early in the second, but trailed 21-14 heading into halftime.  Dike extended the lead to 10 for most of the third quarter which Union could not overcome heading into the fourth.  The Wolverines continued to use their athletic ability and size in the fourth and closed out a 42-29 win.

"We knew Dike would have a veteran team with good size and athletic ability.  We wanted to get them in a half court game, not let them run the court, get back on defense and not let their press affect us.  Overall, I thought we did a good job of handling the press which they removed very early in the game.   We did a nice job of controlling the pace of the game and getting back on defense, but we failed to do these things in a couple small stretches which was the difference in the game."

Union is 2-1 overall; 1-1 in the conference

Courtney Powell - 4 pts, 3 steals
Maggie Driscol - 3 pts., 3 steals
Morgan Phillips - 6 pts
Kaeli Block - 8 pts
Jackie Barz - 6 pts, 6 rebounds
Kaylee Sherwood - 2 pts.

Girls Basketball – Union 51, Denver 23

By Head Coach Robert Driscol

Union Tops Denver

On December 12, the Union girls traveled to Denver and beat a scrappy Cyclone team 51-23.  Union found themselves down 13-8 at the end of the first quarter, but with a defensive change gained a small lead heading into halftime 22-17.  More defensive changes at halftime saw great team defensive effort in the third quarter holding Denver to just two points and earning a 37-19 lead at the end of three.  The fourth quarter saw another great defensive effort holding the home team to four points.   Union closed out the win 51-23.

"I thought the girls did a good job of keeping their composure especially in the first quarter when we down most of the time.  Once we changed defenses, the girls played much better and began to click on offense.  We had an advantage at the post which the girls capitalized on with our posts scoring 38 of our 51 points.  Sophomores Jackie Barz and Kaeli Block did a nice job scoring 12 and 14, while senior Kaylee Sherwood chipped in with 12 of her own- all in the second half."

Union is now 3-1; 2-1 in the conference

Courtney Powell - 8 pts
Maggie Driscol - 1 pt., 3 steals
Morgan Phillips - 4 pts, 5 steals, 6 rebounds
Kaeli Block - 14 pts, 4 assists
Jackie Barz - 12 pts.
Kaylee Sherwood - 12 pts

Girls Basketball – Union 50, Benton 46

By Head Coach Robert Driscol

Union Tops Benton  50-46

The Union girls' basketball team beat Benton Community on their home court on December 13 50-46.  This was a hard fought game that went down to the wire.  In the first quarter, Benton edged out to a 14-10 lead.  Union then went on a 12-0 run to take a 22-14 mid-way through the second.  Sophomore Courtney Powell helped to ignite this run with a three pointer and back to back steals for layups.   Benton responded to close the gap to within three to end the half.

The third quarter was back and forth and ended with Benton on top 34-33.  Union built a slight lead mid-way through the fourth, but Benton was within one with less than two minutes to play.  Union made enough free throws down the stretch to close out with a win.  Sophomore Kaeli Block made two of those crucial free throws with just seconds remaining to extend the lead to four and a final score of 50-46.

Courtney Powell lead the way with 15 points to go along with five steals.  

"This was a nice team win for the girls.  Several girls stepped up in various ways.  Courtney and Maggie combined for five three pointers at key times of the game.  Kaeli and Jackie shot very well from the free throw line going a combined 8 for 10 which was huge."

Union is now 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the conference.

Upcoming games:  at Vinton on December 18 and at Waterloo Columbus on December 19

Courtney Powell - 15 pts, 5 steals
Maggie Driscol - 9 pts
Morgan Phillips - 2 pts
Kaeli Block - 11 pts, 4 rebounds
Jackie Barz - 9 pts, 5 rebounds
Kaylee Sherwood - 4 pts