PREP BASKETBALL: Union keeps eyes on hardware
Bobcats move into fourth-place game with narrow victory against North Douglas
PENDLETON — The Union girls basketball team resumed its regularly scheduled programming after a loss to open the Class 2A state tournament.
Junior Keesha Sarman helped extend the Bobcats’ season one more game during a 54-50 win against North Douglas in the consolation bracket at the Pendleton Convention Center Thursday.
Sarman capped her 31-point night with a pair of free throws to give Union a 52-50 lead with 25 second left in game. Elly Wells put the game away with two free throws, pushing the lead four points. North Douglas turned the ball over on the inbound pass to end the game.
Union nearly let the game slip away. The Bobcats led by as much as 14 points in the first half, building a 20-6 lead following a jumper by Keesha Sarman with 49 second left in the first quarter. The Bobcats finished the opening quarter with a 20-11 lead.
Abbey Dooley hit a 3-pointer with 16 seconds left in the third quarter, and North Douglas took its first lead since making the opening basket of the game. Dooley finished the game with eight points.
Union reclaimed the lead in the fourth quarter on a free throw by Sarman 39-38. Freshman Delanie Kohr gave Union its largest lead in the fourth quarter, 47-46, with a pair of free throws. North Douglas tied the game on a jumper by Danny Baker with 53 seconds left, but had just one shot attempt, a missed 3-pointer, the rest of the game.
The Bobcats used a 21-of-26 night at the free-throw line to keep North Douglas at bay. North Douglas was 6-of-12 from the line.
Union ran into an immovable force Wednesday in the opening round. The Bobcats fell to Western Mennonite 66-40.
The Pioneers jumped out to an 11-0 lead. Union scored its first basket of the game with 3:11 left in the first quarter, and trailed 15-5 at the end of the quarter. The Bobcats cut the lead to single digits one more time, 21-12, but Western Mennonite put the game away for good with another 11-0 run, and went into the half leading 32-14.
Emma Gibb, a 6-foot-2 sophomore, led the Pioneers with 19 points and 17 rebounds. Madison Hull added 15 points.
Sarah Good led Union with 17 points, shooting 5-of-10 from behind the arc. Elly Wells finished with 10 points.
Union will face Portland Christian in the Pendleton Convention Center at 9 a.m.