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Lady Bulldogs advance to semifinals

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Union's Cali Hale (right) tries to shovel a pass to teammate Korissa Jobe during a girls basketball sectional game Tuesday night at Clay City against Eminence. The Lady Bulldogs advanced to the semifinals with a 38-23 victory. (By B.J. Hargis/Greene County Daily World). [Order this photo]
CLAY CITY -- Girls basketball sectional wins have been hard to come by in recent years for Union High School.

The Lady Bulldogs won its first post season tournament game in four years, defeating Eminence 38-23 in the opener of the Class A Clay City Sectional here Tuesday night.

Union, who had lost four straight sectional games, defeated Shakamak 62-50 on the same court on Feb. 13, 2009.

Union girls basketball coach Benji Boyd applauds the effort of Hannah Rennick (11). Conner Kendall (23) and Kolbi Reynolds congratulate Rennick. (By B.J. Hargis/Greene County Daily World). [Order this photo]
"We knew it was not going to be easy," Union coach Benji Boyd said of defeating the Lady Eels 51-19 during the regular season. "(Coach) Jim (Porter) has done a really good job with those girls.

"They are a much improved team since we played them back in November."

As they have all season, Union won the rebound battle 40-24. They set the tone early as the Lady Bulldogs had a unheard of 10 offensive rebounds in the opening quarter.

Those led to 13 free throws in the first eight minutes, making nine to take a 13-6 advantage. They only trailed for 33 seconds throughout the entire game -- 2-1 afer a hoop by Zoe Foote.

"The girls have done a great job on the boards," said Boyd. "We have not been outrebounded very often this year.

"We were not able to knock down a lot of shots (9 of 33, 27 percent), but the girls were aggressive, crashed the boards and got to the foul line."

Eminence made two more baskets than Union (11 of 41), but the Lady Bulldogs connected on 15 of 27 freebies compared to 3 of 9 for the Lady Eels, who have lost seven the past 12 meetings with Union.

Kolbi Reynolds made 6 of 9 free throws as part of her game-high 14-point total. Hannah Sullivan connected on 5 of 6 as the junior guard finished with 13 points.

Reynolds, who had 16 points in the regular-season win over the Eels, finished with a double-double as she grabbed a game-best 13 rebounds.

Sullivan, who scored eight points earlier against EHS, had five rebounds and a game-high four steals.

"Kolbi and Hannah both made a lot of good things happen for us tonight," said Boyd. "They both shot well at the line and both were aggressive going to the boards."

Eminence made 4 of 8 shots as the Eels climbed to within 19-16 at the half, after a basket by Shelby Gore.

But after scoring 10 points in the second quarter, Eminence only managed seven points in the second half as they made 3 of 14 shots and missed all four free throws in the final 16 minutes.

"My biggest concern was that we would not make shots and they would get hot and start making some shots," said Boyd. "They were able to do that in the second quarter, making it a close game at the half.

"But I thought we played much better defense, especially in the third quarter."

Union had a 26-20 cushion going to the fourth quarter.

They got a 3-pointer by Cali Hale, her only basket, to push the advantage to 29-20 in the first 90 seconds of the final period. A free throw by Reynolds, a basket inside by Sullivan, set up by one of three assists by Jobe, and a free throw by Jobe accounted for the final four points of the 7-0 spurt that left the Lady Bulldogs in front 33-20 with 4:10 to play.

"I was really proud of the girls," said Boyd. "When we needed a big run, we were able to put some big plays together offensively.

"And we were able to continue to get stops, which allowed us to build a double-figure lead in the fourth quarter."

Whitney Stierwalt led the Eels (1-20) with eight points.

Union, who is playing without injured players Autumn Secrest and Hallie Smith, will now play at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the second semifinal game against Shakamak. The Lady Bulldogs are 9-11.

Clay City and White River Valley will meet in the first game at 6 p.m. Friday.

The championship game is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Class A

Clay City Sectional


UNION (38) -- Hannah Rennick 0-2 0-0 0, Kolbi Reynolds 4-16 6-9 14, Hannah Sullivan 4-7 5-6 13, Cali Hale 1-6 1-2 4, Korissa Jobe 1-6 3-10 5, Conner Kendall 1-4 0-0 2, Aiyana Maze 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 11-41 15-27 38.

EMINENCE (23) -- Whitney Stierwalt 3-4 0-0 8, Dakota Jobes 0-3 0-0 0, Shelby Gore 1-9 0-0 2, Katie Moore 1-6 3-7 5, Zoe Foote 3-4 0-0 6, Anighis Cuttriss 0-1 0-0 0, Claire Ninitte 0-0 0-0 0, Codi Belcher 1-6 0-2 2, Morgan Hall 0-0 0-0 0, Chelsea Storm 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 9-33 3-9 23.

Union 13 6 7 12 -- 38

Eminence 6 10 4 3 -- 23

3-point shooting -- Union 1-3 (Hale 1-1, Jobe 0-1, Sullivan 0-1), Eminence 2-7 (Stierwalt 2-2, Gore 0-1, Belcher 0-2, Jobes 0-2). Fouls -- Union 7, Eminence 16. Fouled out -- None. Rebounds -- Union 40 (Reynolds 13), Eminence 24 (Gore 6). Assists -- Union 4 (Jobe 3), Eminence 6 (Gore 3). Steals -- Union 8 (Sullivan 4), Eminence 7 (Gore 3). Turnovers -- Union 14 (Sullivan 4, Reynolds 4), Eminence 19 (Jobes 5). Blocks -- Union 0, Eminence 2 (Gore, Foote).

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