Union 50, Waukon 49
On December 7, the Union Girls traveled to Wartburg College for the annual NICL Shootout, drawing non-conference foe Waukon for the 1 PM matchup.
Union played a solid first half and built a 22-14 halftime lead behind the hot shooting of senior point guard, Breann Bader, who carried the Knights with 16 points. Waukon cut the lead to 32-30 at the end of third quarter behind the play of their two six foot tall post players controlling the action in the paint.
Waukon continued to pound the ball inside, grabbing a one point lead with five minutes left in the game. The Indians extended their lead to five points with just a minute to play, when the Knights found the will, desire, and energy to mount an exciting comeback.
With 49 seconds remaining and Union trailing by three, freshman Jackie Barz made a defensive stop. Fellow freshman Courtney Powell hit a three-pointer to tie the game with 11 seconds to play. The Knights defense forced an errant shot before Maggie Driscol was fouled with 0.7 seconds on the clock while grabbing the rebound. The freshman made the second of two free throws to seal the game.
UNION SUMMARY: Breann Bader – 19 points; Courtney Powell – 13 points; Maggie Driscol – 7 points; Kaylee Sherwood – 5 points; Morgan Phillips – 3 points, 4 rebounds; Jackie Barz – 2 points