UNION — Kristen Giles racked up 24 points including four three-pointers on Thursday night as the Union County girls basketball coasted to a 55-27 win over Spartanburg Christian. The Lady Jackets sped to a 17-0 advantage in the first quarter and tacked on four more in the second before the visitors scored their first basket.
Mari Eison knocked down a three-pointer for Union County to open the contest and Giles followed up with back to back treys of her own from the top of the key. CeeCee Moorman was sent to the free throw line where she went one for two before Shouda Stevens drained a three to give the Jackets a 13-point lead. Dexlie Inman dished off a bounce pass to Moorman down low for a short jumper, then Giles forced a turnover and converted a fast-break lay-up for the 17-0 score at the end of one period.
Spartanburg Christian tallied eight points in the second quarter but Union County doubled its first quarter for a 34-8 halftime score and set the cruise control. Although the Warriors found a rhythm in the second half, it was not enough to keep pace with the hot-handed Lady Jackets.
“The girls are having fun,” said Head Coach Angela Burke. “We’re playing ‘our’ game right now. We just can’t let up or get complacent. We don’t under-estimate anyone. We have to come out focused and play all four quarters.”
With the win, Union County improved to 5-1. Giles led all scorers and Cierra Mitchell added 10 points for the Jackets.
In boys action: The Jackets fell to 1-8 on the season Thursday night with a 62-46 loss to Spartanburg Christian. Recus Hughes led Union County in scoring with 12 points while Victor Ruth added 11 points.
The Jackets took an early 7-2 lead before going cold and Spartanburg Christian went on an 18-0 run. Union County outscored the visitors in the both quarters of the second half but it wasn’t enough to mount a comeback.
“We’ve got to do a better job of knowing what we’re doing in certain situations and hopefully we’ll get better,” said Union County Head Coach Will Hickson.
In JV action: The Jackets fell to the Warriors, 54-30.