Unionís Courtney Rynearson drives around a Crane defender during a 51-44 win Friday. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)
UNION — Sarah Good was bottled up and ready to break out, but the explosion took about 16 minutes to happen. The Union senior helped lead her team to a 52-35 win against Powder Valley in the girls championship game of the Union Lions Club Tournament.
The Bobcats held a 27-20 halftime lead, and then it happened — Good started hitting shots from all over the floor. She finished with 11 of her 20 points in the third quarter, helping the Bobcats pull away.
Keesha Sarman help the Bobcats build the first half lead, scoring 15 of her game-high 21 points in the first half.
Alexandra Colton and Bailee Allen led the Badgers with 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Friday, Sarah Good had a tough time getting the first basket to go down, but once she did they went down in bunches during a key second quarter flurry.
Keesha Sarman and the Union girls basketball team got off to a great start this season. The Bobcats won the Union Lions Club tournament by beating Crane and Powder Valley. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)
Union was then able to hold on against Crane at the Union Lions Club Tournament 51-44.
Good scored the final six points of the half for Union, taking a 27-22 lead into the half. Good kept the hot hand to start the second half, connecting on a 3-pointer to start the third quarter. The Bobcats built an 11-point lead, but saw Crane mount a late comeback.
The Mustangs pulled to within two points, 46-44, following a basket by Hannah Maupin.
Union shot free throws well enough down the stretch to hold on, connecting on 5-of-8, to preserve the win.
Junior Keesha Sarman led Union with 22 points, while Good finished with 12.
Leopards fall in consolation to Crane
UNION — A great first half was followed up by a tough second half of shooting for the Cove girls basketball team in the consolation bracket of the Union Lions Club Tournament.
The Leopards stayed with Crane throughout the first half, going into the locker room tied 25-all. But, a strong third-quarter push allowed the Mustangs to pull away for a 66-35 win. Crane outscored Cove 22-6 in the third quarter to create some breathing room.
Cove’s Molly DelCurto scored 11 points and Kelly Nostrant scored nine, but Cove failed to keep pace after tying the game with a last-second shot in the second quarter. Mikayla Murchison added seven points.
Sophomore guard Hannah Maupin finished with a game-high 26 points to lead Crane. Bryanna Dunn finished with 10 points.
Friday, the Leopards fell to Powder Valley 45-31 at the Union Lions Club Tournament.
The Badgers jumped out to a 26-12 halftime lead and never looked back.
Alexandra Colton led Powder Valley with 13 points in the game.
Kayla Johnson finished with a team-high 10 points for Cove.
Nostrant finished with seven points.
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