By Dennis Clayton
County rivals East Union and Myrtle met in non-division basketball play at Myrtle on Monday with the Lady Urchins of East Union winning the opener 62-42 and Myrtle’s Hawks taking the nightcap 52-46.
East Union 62, Myrtle 42 (girls)
East Union came out victorious in a foul-fest over the Lady Hawks in a contest that saw 35 combined fouls by the teams and 42 free throws attempted. East Union gradually pulled away in the second half to seal the win.
First quarter play saw the teams go back and forth with East Union holding a lead most of the period, however the teams were knotted at 12-12 when the buzzer went off for the quarter’s end.
East Union went up slightly in the second quarter as Tianna Castillo poured in 10 of her 18 points on the night during that period. East Union went to the half leading 34-23 as the Lady Hawks had no success from the charity stripe as they missed nine free throws during the quarter.
The third quarter belonged to the Lady Urchins’ Jade Anderson as she scored eight of her team’s 15 points. East Union added to their lead as they took a 49-35 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Lady Urchins again outscored the host Lady Hawks in the fourth quarter and East Union took the 62-42 win.
Leading scorers for East Union were Tianna Castillo with 18, Jade Anderson had 17 and Denira Shawver chipped in 12. Leading scorers for Myrtle were Ivory Montgomery with 17 and Geniesha Montgomery with 15.
Myrtle 52, East Union 46 (Boys)
The boys game saw the same results after one quarter of play as the teams were tied 13-13. However, Myrtle added two more points each quarter than the Urchins and came away with the win. Myrtle took a 27-25 lead into the half.
The boys contest saw 42 fouls committed with East Union losing three players due to fouling out. Myrtle and East Union struggled offensively during the third period as Myrtle could only score 10 points and the Urchins only made 8 points. Myrtle led 37-33 after three. The Hawks put the game away in the final seconds of the fourth quarter as the Urchin rally fell short and the Hawks escaped with the win.
Coach Rob Browning of Myrtle said following the game “I’ll take it any day. They’re a good ball team. I knew we’d have our hands full, but we found a way to win. It wasn’t pretty, but an ugly win is a lot better than a pretty loss. I didn’t think we played very good, we didn’t run our offense correctly and were sloppy, but it’s a win.” Myrtle improved to 9-4 with the win.
Leading scorers for Myrtle were Taylor Hogue with 10 points and Dee Johnson had 9. East Union was led by Ty McDonald and D.J. Armstrong with 9 points apiece.