After enjoying a large halftime lead, the Lady Bears (4-0) held off a furious rally from the Lady Wildcats (2-3) to take a 50-37 victory on Saturday, the final night of play at the Powell Valley National Bank Tip-Off basketball tournament at the Virginia-Wise Prior Center.
“We weathered the storm,” said Union coach Kory Bostic. “I’m just so proud of the effort. Some of these kids haven’t been in that position before. We’ve got some girls that are playing some significant roles for us this year.
“They really needed tonight. They really needed to be put in a hard spot and being able to have success and weather the storm.
“It wasn’t very pretty there in the second half,” Bostic added, “but we made enough plays in the end and really gutted it out.”
The Lady Bears outscored Shelby Valley 20-9 in the second quarter to build a 29-13 halftime lead.
Shelby outscored Union 15-6 in the third quarter to cut the Lady Bears’ lead to 35-28 by the end of the period.
Shelby Valley decreased the Union lead to five points, 42-37, in the final two minutes of the contest but could get no closer.
Union relied on free throws and three steals with transition baskets in the final minute to build its lead back to double digits.
Jayda Smith led Union in scoring with 16 points, and Heather Lipps had 15 points and nine rebounds. Emili Brooks finished with a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Lady Bears.
Shelby Valley got 10 points and nine rebounds from Alyssa Elswick.
CENTRAL 72, RURAL RETREAT 33
Wise Central (3-1) rebounded from Friday night’s loss to Shelby Valley to take a big win, building a big lead and never trailing against Rural Retreat.
Dee Cvetnich led the Central scoring attack with 19 points, and Hannah Carter had 12 points and nine rebounds.
Rural Retreat (1-3) got 13 points from Delanie Trivett.
HONAKER 67, EAST RIDGE, KY. 40
LeeAnna McNulty scored a game-high 21 points to lead Honaker (3-1) to the easy victory.
The Lady Tigers outscored East Ridge 26-10 in the second quarter to build a 42-20 lead and never look back.
Kyla Boyd contributed 14 points for Honaker.
East Ridge (1-4) was led by the nine-point effort of Leah Wells.
LEBANON 50, STATE LINE 43
Lebanon got 21 points from Averie Price and 12 rebounds from Alyssa Padilla in the win over the Galax-based team of home-schooled players.
The Lady Pioneers (4-1) led 27-20 at halftime and maintained the seven-point advantage throughout the final two quarters to pick up the win.
State Line (5-5) got 17 points from Kacie Shafner and 16 from Audrey Clark.