The Union JV girls played hard last week having 4 games during the week. On Mon. Jan. 19, the game against Aplington-Parkersburg went down to the final seconds and the Union Knight girls fought back nicely from a 16-4 second quarter deficit to take a fourth quarter lead before A-P was able to pull it out late with A-P winning 31-30. Ashley Frush led the Knights with a season-high 12 points, including 6 for 9 on free throws. Neysa Sanders and Steph Freeland had 5 points each, and Ashley Timmer added 4 points. On Tuesday against the Pirates, the Knights jumped out to a 17-6 lead before Hudson turned up the defense and chipped away to eventually tie the game in the third quarter. The fourth quarter was close throughout, with Union keeping a narrow lead. Mary Wrage contributed 7 points and Ashley Frush had 5. Neysa Sanders scored 8 of her season -high 12 points in the second half, including the game-winning shot in the final minute making the score 31-29, Union at the buzzer. The first matchup between the two teams went to Hudson in double overtime earlier in the season, and this game was just as exciting. Thursday against Wapsie Valley the Knights battled back from an early deficit to take a 16-10 lead over the Warriors at the half, but a tough shooting quarter put Union behind 23-17 after three quarters. However, Steph Freeland scored 10 of her season-high 15 points in the fourth quarter to help the Knights keep the game close before Wapsie Valley eventually won the first game of the season between the two teams ending the game with a Wapsie score of 31 and Union 29.
In the second matchup of the week, the Knights played a very solid defensive game and were able to turn a number of turnovers into points to get their third win of the season with the score 29- 21. Steph Freeland had her second straight double-figure game with 10, while Ashley Timmer contributed a season-high 9 points. Mary Wrage added 5 and Ashley Frush had 4 points. Also contributing to the win were Ashley Jungling, Mercedes Morris, Tiffany Kuhn, Victoria Harkness, and Neysa Sanders.
Eric Crandall, Union JV girls basketball coach commented, "It was a great week of basketball and our defensive pressure has really picked up since Christmas break, which has helped out our offense. The girls continue to work hard in practice and are playing with more confidence and aggression, which will pay off the rest of the season and in the future."