The 8th grade Union Knight girls basketball teams traveled to Vinton on Tuesday to face the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikettes. The Knights A team came away with a 33-12 victory in a hard fought battle. Courtney Powell led the Knights with 12 point, 7 steals and 1 rebound. Jackie Barz had 11 points with 6 rebounds and 2 steals. Maggie Driscol added 6 points with 2 boards and 2 steals. Peyton Parker added3 points with 2 rebounds and 2 steals. Ashley Carey had 1 point and Chloe Grosse and Maddie Winter were held scoreless but played good defense off the bench. The girls played a good game once they overcame their sluggish start. The V-S girls packed in their defense which made it hard for the Knights to get rolling.
On Thursday the Knights traveled to Belle Plaine to face a tough and physical BP squad. The Knights ad a sluggish start but came to life the 2nd period on Courtney Powell's steal and layup combination and Jackie Barz's hard work in the post, and a lot of offensive putbacks. All toll, Powell had 14 points, 6 steals and 3 rebounds, and Barz added 10 points, 13 big rebounds and 3 steals. Powell also added a couple of three point baskets when they needed some scoring. Maggie Driscol played a hard fought game adding 2 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals of her own. Ashley Carey and Chloe Grosse each added 2 points with a couple rebounds each, and Peyton Parker pulled down 7 rebounds. Anna Garwood, Krystal Putz, and Maddie Winter came off the bench with some much needed help in the rebounding department. The game was extremely rough and I thought the girls did a very nice job of standing up and playing through all the adversity. They showed a lot of character.
The Union 8th grade girls hosted Don Bosco on Monday in an exciting game, but came out on top 33-16. Courtney Powell led the Knights with 12 points and 5 steals in a well played game. Maggie Driscol had a nice game with 8 point, 3 rebounds and a steal. Maddi Winter got her first A team start and came up big with 5 points and 5 rebounds. Peyton Parker played a strong game with 4 points and 4 rebounds. Chloe Grosse and Krystal Putz each added 2 points and each had a rebound in a well played game. Ashley Carey and Anna Garwood were held scoreless but played very well. The girls played a great team game and passed the ball nicely for the open shot.
The 8th B team played very hard but lost a close one 12-7. Bobbie Hilmer did a nice job offensively with 5 points and Anna Garwood added 2 points. The girls passed the ball against Don Bosco's zone quite well and got the open shot. Krystal Putz, Payton Sash, Sophie Hayungs, and Maddie Winter all played well but were held scoreless.