The Yellow Jackets returned to their home court on Friday night after four straight road games to host the Indians of Gaffney High with the girls again winning, but the boys losing.
The Lady Jackets put on another impressive display, picking up their sixth win in a row with a 69-53 victory over the Indians. Union County seemed in control of the game from tip-off to the final buzzer. The Jackets took possession with the tip and Kristin Giles nailed a three pointer to start the game.
Gaffney kept Union County in it’s sights for a while and at the end of the first quarter the Jackets led by just two points at 12-10.
In the second quarter the Jackets went on a 12-2 run that included back to back steals converted to lay-ups at the opposite end by Andrea Eison.
The Jackets carried a 30-23 lead into the break.
In the third quarter, Union County pushed the pace and went on a 10-0 run extending the lead to 20 points.
The Indians attempted to rally in the fourth but it was too little too late and the Jackets took the win, improving to 7-3 on the season.
“We kept fighting and pressing , trying to secure the win,” said Coach Yoneko Washington. “We know we’re a team that can score, and are thankful to be where we are now. We left some points on the floor and missed some lay-ups. We have a lot of goals so we’re going to keep working to get better. The girls keep good attitudes and work hard and we look to do big things.”
The Lady Jackets never trailed in the contest and had four players to reach double digits.
Giles led the scoring with 22 points and was 7-9 from the free throw line. Andrea Eison was not far behind with 18 points. Mari Eison put up 16 and McHale Hardy contributed 12.
The Indians upended the Jackets 85-45.
Union County has struggled with turnovers throughout pre-season and were plagued again on Friday night.
Quebel Henderson hit a quick two point jumper to start the game before Gaffney went on a 9-0 run. Keiston Smith hit a lay-up to end the run. The Indians answered with two but the Jackets made a run of their own when Brett Smith drained a three pointer followed up by two steals turned lay-ups courtesy of Kalay Jones and Victor Ruth to tie the game at 11-11.
Gaffney went on a 12-0 run before the break for a 35-22 halftime score.
The Indians pored it on in the second half and mistakes proved costly for the Jackets.
“We were only down 28-22 and got the pace where we wanted it to be,” said Coach Will Hickson. “The second half we didn’t play like we wanted to. We have to play the same way both halves. We have four more games before the region starts and I think we’ve found what we need to do defensively so we’re going to work on that and get ready for region play.”
TJ Jeter led the Jackets scoring with nine points. Keiston Smith followed with eight points and Michael Edwards netted six.