On the strength of two players getting double double performances plus a plethora of contributions from the rest of the team, Coach Jason Claytor and the West union Lady Dragons picked up their second win of the season on Wednesday night, going on the road to pound the Sciotoville East Lady Tartans by a final score of 70-30.
The Lady Dragons got double doubles from Natasha Barr and Taylor Martin, double digit rebounds from Jessica Boldman, and a varsity career high in points from Kristen Grooms to roar past the host Lady Tartans.
“Obviously, it is nice to get a win and especially one in relatively easy fashion,” said Coach Claytor. ” Everyone who dressed got in the game and all of them had positive contributions.”
For a team that has seen its share of offensive problems, the Lady Dragons exploded out of the gate on Wednesday, blitzing the Lady Tartans to the tune of a 26-4 first quarter advantage. It was a big first quarter for junior center Jessica Boldman as she tossed in four baskets and the Lady Dragons took advantage of the referee’s whistles to hit 8 of 10 free throw attempts.
“The girls came out tonight with a little fire and passion and did what they had to do early,” said Claytor. “I think the good second half that we played last week against Lynchburg gave them some confidence.”
The second quarter belonged to Barr as she scored 9 points to help visiting West Union to a 43-15 halftime advantage.
“I think Natasha played her best game of the season,” said Claytor.”She had been struggling with her shot so hopefully this game gets that back on track.”
With the big lead, the Lady Dragons didn’t let up in the third period as Coach Claytor used every bit of his bench and the visitors still won the quarter 17-8, with Taylor Martin scoring seven in the frame.
Leading now 60-23 heading into the final eight minutes, the Lady Dragons offense slowed down a bit as they only put up 10 in the frame but still tacked points on to their lead, leaving Sciotoville with a resounding 70-30 triumph, improving to 2-7 on the season.
Barr led the way with a double double of 24 points and 10 rebounds and also added 4 steals. Martin also reached the double double plateau, scoring 14 points and hauling in 10 boards. Kristen Grooms also reached double figures and got her personal varsity high with 11 points, adding 4 rebounds and 4 steals. Jessica Boldman barely missed another double double, garnering 8 points and pulling in 13 rebounds, 11 of those in the first half.
“Despite foul trouble, Taylor Martin played very well,” said Claytor. “Tonight was her second double double of the season. Jessica played by far her best game of the year. She seems to gradually be getting better and tonight things seemed like they clicked for her.”
Off the bench, the Lady Dragons got nice efforts from Mikayla Akers with 5 assists, 4 rebounds, and 4 steals, and Michala Chaney with 5 points and 6 rebounds.
“Michala played very well, added Claytor, considering these were the first extended minutes she had really seen in a varsity game.”
The Lady Dragons were on the court again on Thursday night, getting back into Southern Hills Athletic Conference play with a visit from Ripley. They won’t be in action again after that until Jan. 16 when they will host the Eastern Lady Warriors in SHAC play.
26 17 17 10 —70
4 11 8 7 —30
W. Union (70): Schneider 2 0-0 4, Howard 1 0-0 2, Akers 1 0-1 2, Martin 5 3-4 14, Ross 0 0-2 0, Grooms 4 2-2 11,
Barr 10 4-7 24, Boldman 4 0-0 8, Chaney 2 1-3 5, Team 29 10-19 70.
S. East (30): Carter 1 1-4 3, Meadows 2 1-1 5, Lockhart 1 1-4 3, Loop 4 1-2 11, Brown 2 4-5 8,, Team 10 8-16 30.
Three-Point Goals: W. Union-Martin 1, Grooms 1
S. East- Loop 2