By Mark Carpenter
There haven’t been many varsity games played this week, but the West Union Lady Dragons managed to get one in on Monday night as they traveled to Green High School and handed the home standing Lady Bobcats a 59-36 defeat, the third win in five games for the resurgent West Union squad, improving them to 4-9 on the year.
“It was nice to get a win and bounce back from the disappointment of the Notre Dame loss,” said West Union head coach Jason Claytor. “We didn’t let the fact that we lost a winnable game on Saturday affect this game.”
It was a close game throughout the majority of the first half with the Dragons taking an early lead behind 5 first quarter points from Mikayla Akers, staking the visitors to a slim 11-9 advantage after eight minutes.
In the second quarter, it was Taylor Martin, on her way to her third double double of the season, taking over with four baskets as West Union won the quarter 14-9 to take a 25-18 halftime lead.
“We started out a little sluggish, but as the game went on we woke up and started playing,” said Claytor. “We just couldn’t make shots early and they hung around with us.”
With leading scorer Natasha Barr struggling, Martin again shouldered the load in the third period, scoring 10 of her team-high 18. Toss in baskets by Akers, Kristen Grooms, and Jessica Boldman, and the Lady Dragons saw their lead extended to 41-24 after three stanzas.
The fourth quarter belonged to Barr as the West Union senior came to life and fired in 11 of her team’s 18 points. Two more baskets by Boldman on the inside added cushion for the visiting side as they left Franklin Furnace with their fourth win of the year, 59-36.
In the win, Taylor Martin put up an impressive stat line- 18 points, 12 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 blocks, and 2 assists.
“Taylor possibly played her best game of the season,” said Coach Claytor. “Not only was she scoring and rebounding, but she was involved in every other aspect of the game.”
After three tough quarters, Natasha Barr’s big fourth period allowed her to finish with 16 points. Mikayla Akers scored 7 for the Lady Dragons and drew praise from her coach.
Mikayla gave us a big spark tonight, especially in the first half,” said Claytor of his sophomore guard. “She caused a couple of turnovers that allowed us some easy offensive looks.”
Jessica Boldman scored 6 for the Lady Dragons with Kristen Grooms adding 5.
For Green, Kaylynn Blizzard was the leading scorer, accounting for half of her team’s points, with 18, matching Martin for game-high honors. The Lady Bobcats were an abysmal 10 for 27 from the free throw line.
The nasty winter weather caused the next two games for the Lady Dragons to be cancelled, a Wednesday night home date with Portsmouth West and Thursday on the road at Whiteoak.The West game is now set for Saturday morning at 10 a.m., again weather permitting. The trip to Whiteoak in Southern Hills Athletic Conference play is now set for Jan. 31.
Mark Carpenter canbe reached at 937-544-2391 or on Twitter @adamscosports.
11 14 16 18 —59
9 9 6 12 —36
W. Union (59): Schneider 1 0-0 2, Hanes 1 0-0 2, Howard 0 1-2 1, Akers 3 0-0 7, Martin 8 2-3 18, Smith 1 0-0 2,
Grooms 2 1-2 5, Barr 7 2-3 16, Boldman 3 0-0 6, Team 26 6-10 59.
Green (36): B. Applegate 0 2-5 2, M. Applegate 2 3-8 7, Lynn 1 2-4 4, Blizzard 8 2-5 18, Davis 0 0-3 0, Patrick 2 1-2 5,
Team 13 10-27 36.
Three-Point Goals: W. Union- Akers 1