High flying Eagles down Blue Mountain

Andrew Childers scored 16 points in the second half for the Eagles on Tuesday. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Andrew Childers scored 16 points in the second half for the Eagles on Tuesday. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


HICKORY FLAT – West Union staged a major second half comeback and won their opening round game in the Division 2-1A Tournament against Blue Mountain 60-52. The Eagles got 16 points from Andrew Childers to help rally the Eagles from a five point deficit at the half.
The fourth quarter saw seven lead changes and West Union took the lead for good at 53-52 with about three minutes remaining.
Childers, Dillon Clayton and Adam Grubbs scored critical points, most of them coming from the free throw line for the Eagles in the closing minute to seal the win.
Hayden Basil and Bobby High provided the offense during the first half as they combined for 15 of the Eagles 23 points.
Basil led the Eagles with his 20 points. Childers had 18 and High finished with 11 points.
West Union advances to face the number one seed, Ashland on Thursday night at 7:45.
Hayden Basil had a big night for the Eagles with his 20 points.

Hayden Basil had a big night for the Eagles with his 20 points.

Lady Eagles down Broad Street 



Gracen Conlee connects on the shot from the lane. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

West Union traveled to Broad Street and won a convincing 70-48 opening round win in the 1A state playoffs on Friday. 

The Lady Eagles took a 21-6 lead after a quarter and went into the half up 39-23.

Gracen Conlee lead the offensive attack with 30 points and Marley Long had 23. Savannah Shirley was also in double figures with 10 points.

West Union advanced to the second round and will travel to Coffeeville for a 6:00 game on Saturday. (today)

Savannah Shirley sets the Lady Eagle offense. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Savannah Shirley sets the Lady Eagle offense. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


Marley Long drives along the baseline for the Lady Eagles. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Marley Long drives along the baseline for the Lady Eagles. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Wintry weather forces postponement of Union County/New Albany girls basketball

Savannah Shirley drives in for the shot on Saturday. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Savannah Shirley drives in for the shot on Saturday. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


The blast of winter weather forced the postponement of the Girls North playoffs scheduled on Monday for four Union County area teams. All of the contests are rescheduled for Wednesday, weather permitting. Here is a listing of the games and the rescheduled dates and times:
Wednesday, February 25
6:00 – Mound Bayou JFK at Ingomar
6:00 – New Albany at Cleveland
6:00 – West Union at Shelby Broad Street
6:00 – Myrtle at Ray Brooks

Division 2-1A consolation game capsules

Gracen Conlee drives to the basket during the first half. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Gracen Conlee drives to the basket during the first half. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


BY DENNIS CLAYTON
(G) West Union 63, Myrtle 29
West Union took the first quarter lead 18-7, and then stretched it to 38-20 at the half to win the girls consolation game on Saturday. Myrtle took an early 3-0 lead only to see the Lady Eagles go on a 15-4 run to take a comfortable lead.
Leading the Lady Eagles in scoring were Gracen Conlee with 18, Marley Long had 16 and Kylie Massengill scored 11.
Jessica Floyd and Ivory Montgomery had nine points apiece for the Lady Hawks.
Marley Long shoots the short jumper for the Lady Eagles. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Marley Long shoots the short jumper for the Lady Eagles. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

(B) Hickory Flat 58, Myrtle 56
Myrtle ran into scoring issues in the third quarter and fell to Hickory Flat in the boys consolation game. The Hawks held the lead for most of the first half before going cold from the field in the second half.
Myrtle led 26-24 at the half.
Myrtle was led in scoring by Jonathan Scales with 12 while Chris Hill and Lavon Kiddy had 10 apiece.

Anthony Lipsey shoots the three pointer for the Hawks. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Anthony Lipsey shoots the three pointer for the Hawks. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

2-1A Results for Union County teams

Lauren Thompson scores in the lane for the Lady Falcons. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Lauren Thompson scores in the lane for the Lady Falcons. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


BY DENNIS CLAYTON
ASHLAND – Union County was well-represented in the semifinals with five teams playing. All five teams do qualify to play next week
(G) Ingomar 81, Myrtle 25
The Lady Falcons jumped our to an early 7-0 lead, stretched it to 16-2 after a quarter and rolled to the big win. Ingomar went on a 21-9 tear in the second period to lead 37-11 at the half.
The second half was more of the same as the Lady Falcons outscored the Lady Hawks 42-14.
Lauren Thompson of Ingomar led all scorers with 17 points. Lindsay Hall had 15 and Mallory Russell finished with 14.
Ivory Montgomery was the leading scorer for Myrtle with nine points.
Ingomar moves on to the championship game on Friday to face Ashland at 7:00. Myrtle will play county rival West Union in the consolation game at 4:00.
Tanner Cox scores on the layup for Myrtle. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Tanner Cox scores on the layup for Myrtle. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


(B) Ingomar 80, Myrtle 75
Ingomar rallied in the second half from as many as 13 down to snatch the win from the Hawks. Myrtle appeared poised to run away with the game early as they took a 20-4 lead just past the midway point of the first quarter, but the Falcons slowly fought their way back to close the gap to 35-26 at the half.
Myrtle had a lead at 49-37 with under three minutes to play in the third quarter, but the Falcons went on a 13-1 run to tie the game 50-50 after three quarters of play.
The fourth period belonged to the Falcons as they outscored the Hawks 30-25 to advance to the championship game on Friday.
Laquain Foster scored 31 to lead the Falcons to the win. Kelton Hall added 22 and Joseph Broom chipped in 11 points.
Myrtle was led by Jonathan Scales’ 19 points. Abiram Frazier hit for 14, Anthony Lipsey added 13 and Lavon Kiddy scored 11 points.
Ingomar will play Ashland at 8:30 Friday while Myrtle will play Hickory Flat in the consolation game at 5:30.
Gracen Conlee drives in against the Ashland defense. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Gracen Conlee drives in against the Ashland defense. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


(G) Ashland 61, West Union 50
The Lady Eagles struggled all night against the full-court defensive pressure by the Lady Blue Devils. The Lady Eagles only managed two leads in the game and both of those came in the first quarter.
Ashland would make a run and the Lady Eagles would chip away at the lead, but they could never pull even or ahead after early in the second quarter.
West Union got as close as 52-46 during the fourth quarter before Ashland closed on a 9-4 run to seal the win.
Gracen Conlee led the Lady Eagles with 20 points, Kylie Massengill had 16 and Marley Long scored 10.
West Union will play Myrtle at 4:00 in the girls consolation game on Friday.

Union County teams have mixed results at Five County Tournament

Raelee Bell breaks through the Chalybeate defensive pressure and drives in for the score. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Raelee Bell breaks through the Chalybeate defensive pressure and drives in for the score. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


BY DENNIS CLAYTON
BOONEVILLE – East Union girls won their opening game at the Five County Tournament and advanced to the semifinals while West Union boys lost and were eliminated from the junior high tournament on Wednesday.
(G) East Union 31. Chalybeate 18
East Union used a fast start to establish the early lead and went on to defeat Chalybeate in their first round game on Wednesday at the Five County Junior High Tournament at Booneville. The Lady Urchins led 15-7 after a quarter and took a 20-11 lead into the half.
East Union relied on the offense of Raelee Bell in that first quarter as she scored 12 of her team’s 15 points.
East Union played solid defense throughout the contest as they held Chalybeate to single digits every quarter. East Union outscored their opponent in every period as they added to their advantage. The Lady Urchins slowed the pace of the game in the final quarter to burn time off the clock and were able to score some easy baskets when the Chalybeate overplayed their passing lanes.
Bell was the leading scorer in the game with 19 points.
East Union advances to play the Belmont/Marietta winner at 6:30 on Friday in the semifinals of the tournament. The Lady Urchins are now 11-3 for the year.

(B) Ripley 45, West Union 33
West Union’s sluggish first quarter had them playing catch-up the rest of the night as they fell to Ripley in their opening game of the tournament. The Eagles fell behind 17-4 and the deficit was too much to overcome despite the fact that West Union outscored the Tigers 29-28 over the final three quarters.
West Union’s offense could not find the range during the first half and Ripley made several baskets in the transition game to take a 27-10 halftime lead.
Ryder Willard sparked the Eagles’ offense in the second half as he scored 15 of the 23 points that West Union totaled for the half.
West Union trimmed the Ripley lead to 37-29 with 1:58 left, but Ripley held off the Eagles’ comeback and took the win.
Willard led all scorers with 21 points.

Ryder Willard of West Union led all scorers with 21 points. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Ryder Willard of West Union led all scorers with 21 points. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Urchins and Lady Eagles post wins in county hoops

Ty McDonald goes up for two over Owen Waddell of West Union. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Ty McDonald goes up for two over Owen Waddell of West Union. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


BY DENNIS CLAYTON
ELLISTOWN – East Union and West Union met for a county rivalry matchup on Friday and the teams divided wins with West Union winning the girls game 58-45 and East Union boys won the nightcap 64-59.
“The two points in the first quarter were the key to the game,” East Union coach Josh Blythe said. “That’s twice in the last two games that it has happened and about the third time this year. We cannot get off to an anemic start like that. The combined points for the second through the fourth quarter are 43-all. It’s hard to overcome that against a pretty good team.”
West Union sprinted out to a 15-2 advantage in the first quarter as Gracen Conlee paced the Lady Eagles with seven points to gain the early advantage.
East Union shook off their offensive woes and outscored the Lady Eagles 21-17 in the second quarter. The teams went to the half with West Union holding a 32-23 advantage.
The Lady Eagles outscored the Lady Urchins 26-22 in the second half to regain the 13-point advantage they had built in the first quarter and post the win.
Leading scorers for West Union were Gracen Conlee with 22 points to lead all scorers, Kylie Massengill scored 16 and Marley Long had 12.
Denira Shawver led East Union with 14 points and Tianna Castillo scored 13.
West Union also took the early lead in the boys contest as they were up 20-12 after a quarter. However East Union went on a 20-10 run in the second quarter to lead at the half 32-30.
“I thought our second half defense stiffened up quite a bit and we took it a little bit personal,” East Union boys coach Tim McDonald said. “At times you have to take the game a little personal, you’ve got opponents coming in here wanting to beat you on your floor. Dadgum it, it’s not their floor, it’s our floor. I thought Chase Hall did a good job in the second half and sparked out defense for the win. I thought that was the difference.”
East Union held a narrow edge on offense in the second half, outscoring the Eagles 32-29 to gain the narrow victory.
Ty McDonald and Lane Plunk led the Urchin offensively with 21 points apiece.
Hayden Basil led West Union with 17 points, Michael Steele had 14, Adam Grubbs and Andrew Childers both scored 11 points.
Katie Rowan on the dribble into the lane with Savannah Shirley on defense. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Katie Rowan on the dribble into the lane with Savannah Shirley on defense. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


Hayden Basil scored 17 points for West Union on the night. Chase Hall guarding in the lane. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Hayden Basil scored 17 points for West Union on the night. Chase Hall guarding in the lane. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


Gracen Conlee shoots the jumper for the Lady Eagles as Rebecca Sheffield defends for East Union. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Gracen Conlee shoots the jumper for the Lady Eagles as Rebecca Sheffield defends for East Union. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


Hunter Nobles fires up a three from the corner over Eli Basil. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Hunter Nobles fires up a three from the corner over Eli Basil. Photo by Dennis Clayton.