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Fourth quarter lifts Lady Spartans to 41-33 win over Union County

The Connersville girls hung around for three quarters last week at Roy E. Stevens Gymnasium before putting it all together in the fourth quarter to beat Union County.

Taylor Pinkerton launched the Lady Patriots’ fast-paced offense with a three-point shot, and Fayth Hill dropped in back-to-back buckets to up the first quarter score to 7-4. In the meantime, the Union County defense helped the Lady Spartans to nine first quarter turnovers.

The pace continued in the second half with UC out-scoring Connersville, 12-7, that gave the Lady Pats a 19-11 halftime lead.

Halftime was good to the Lady Spartans who came back recharged and ready for action.

Connersville scored a pair of field goals and a free throw before Pinkerton gave UC a little breathing room with her second trey in the game. Marley Smith’s score from beyond the three-point arc and Jessica Beckman’s two-pointer gave the Lady Spartans a 12-5 margin in the third period and a one-point, 24-23, to begin the final period.

After exchanging baskets, Connersville went on a 10-0 run that UC failed to match in the final four minutes.

Smith was the game’s leading scorer with 16 points, followed by Beckman’s 14 points and five of her team-high six rebounds coming in the second half.

Union County was the game’s leading rebounder with 11 and topped UC’s scoring list with 12. She also blocked two shots. Hill was also in double figures with 11 points and hauled down two rebounds and blocked a shot.

Next Opponents

The Lady Patriots host Tri High at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14, and is at Winchester on Saturday, Dec. 16.

Quarter scores

Connersville 4 11 23 41

Union County 7 19 24 33

Connersville (3-4) Smith 4-6/6-16, Beckner 0-1/4-1, Bottomley 1-0-2, Beckman 5-4/6-14, Gregory 1-0-2, Thompson 1-0-2, Bostwick 0-2/4-2. TOTALS: 12-13/20-41.

Union County (4-4) Antrim 0-0-0, Pinkerton 2-0-6, Wilson 1-2/2-4, Hill 4-2/4-11, Tipton 0-0-0, Shepler 0-0-0, Murphy 0-0-0, Richards 0-0-0. TOTALS: 12-4/6-33.

3-Pointers-Co 2 (Smith). UC 5 (Pinkerton 2, Gray 2, Hill 1).

Rebounds-Co 21 (Beckman 6). UC 22 (Gray 11, Pinkerton 5).

Turnovers-Co 25. UC 16.

Fouls-Co 8. UC 18.

Fouled out-Antrim.

JV Quarter scores

Connersville 9 12 15 24

Union County 6 11 19 23

UC scoring: Tipton 4, Russell 5, Murphy 4, Hoke 2, Richards 6, Wilson 2. Totals: 9-4/7-23.






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