East Union seemed well on its way, cruising toward its twelfth win of the season, but Thrasher did not back down until the end, with the Urchins winning 73-68 on Friday.
“We held on, but we mentally broke down,” coach Tim McDonald said. “We worked hard and built a good lead, but we just broke down, and luckily we were able to hold on.”
East Union fell behind early on after an 8-0 run by the Rebels in the first, putting Thrasher ahead, 16-11, until a three-pointer by Broderick Montgomery gave the Urchins the lead in the second quarter.
Montgomery later extended the Urchins lead into double figures, but led by 17 second half points by O’Neal Cummings, Thrasher worked its way back, going ahead, 62-61, in the fourth.
Dontrell Lattimore gave East the lead once more, and the Urchins sealed the win on the free throw line.
Trey Barkley led the Urchins with 19 points, followed by Montgomery with 15 points and Chris Tables with 14 points.
The Urchins will play Ingomar on Saturday and go into division play next week, traveling to Okolona before facing New Albany in the Union County Tournament next Friday.
“Traditionally, they’re always athletic,” McDonald said of the Bulldogs. “They’re coached well, and they’re big, so that’s a major obstacle for us.”
Thrasher 57 East Union 43 (girls)
The Lady Urchins are still in search of its first win, but are seeing improvement, falling in a close game to Thrasher.
“Since we’re understanding the game better, we’re working on running the floor more, understanding how to run the floor, and girls are stepping up, so good things are happening,” coach Shelly Parman said. “We just need more opportunities to score.”
Early in the second, Kayla Rakestraw tied the game at 15, preceding a 10-0 run by Thrasher. Down by as many as 17 in the third quarter, East Union closed out the frame, outscoring the Lady Rebels 11-1 to trail 41-33 going into the fourth.
Thrasher opened the final quarter on a 7-0 run and connected on 10-of-14 free throws to seal the win.
“Mainly, we need more girls to step up and score,” Parman said. “That’s what’s hurting us right now. Our goal right now is to score 40 points a game, and for us, if we do that, that’s a step in the right direction.”
Ashley Leach led East Union with 19 points followed by 10 points from Jade Anderson.
This match-up was also special for Parman, whose husband, Chris, is the head coach for the Lady Rebels.
East Union will play at Ingomar tomorrow.