The Lady Jackets' 4-and-5 start is the best in Union County history (since the school consolidated). It is also the first time the team has won three straight in Union County history and it's been awhile in Union history.
“We should have pulled away from them,” coach Yoneko Washington said. “We didn’t play smart. We didn’t do the things we were taught.”
Union County got out of the box quick leading 5-0 with 5:48 remaining in the first quarter.
Although the Lady Jackets put on a pressure defense and forced several turnovers, the team was unable to capitalize on the other end.
Mid-Carolina came back at the end of the first half down by two points, 26-24.
Union County then built a 10-point lead to start the fourth quarter. Although the Lady Jackets gave the Lady Rebels several opportunities to eat away at the lead, they couldn’t handle Union County’s defense.
“Even though it was ugly, it was a win,” Washington said. “I am glad they stayed with it. I am proud of them for winning three in a row”
Kristin Giles led the Lady Jackets in scoring with 17 points. Janeka Brannon had 14 points; Jessica Hall scored 10 points; Andrea Esien had eight points; McKale Hardy had six points.
The Lady Jackets, who beat Mid-Carolina earlier in the season, will travel Friday to take on Riverside. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m.
"The ladies are really working hard but we must continue to get better and work harder," Washington said. "We open up the region against the No. 1 ranked team in our region so we must be focused and ready to play."