By DENNY SROKA
The Mount Union girls’ basketball team matched up well against visiting Glendale Thursday evening with the Trojans observing Senior Night. The two teams battled for four quarters with lead changes in all four quarters until the Vikings took the lead late in the fourth and held off the Trojans down the stretch to take a 52-47 Inter-County Conference North victory.
The four Trojan seniors are: Kyra Hand, Tyonna Hartley, Aby Abrashoff and Eriel Fortson.
In he first quarter, the Trojans (5-14, 3-10 ICC North) fell behind early off a couple turnovers and Kyla Campbell knocking down a trey for the Vikings (6-14, 3-10 ICC North). Karrigan Woodward put one back off the glass for the Trojans, then Campbell drained her second trey to keep the Vikings out front. Campbell ended her night with 27-points. The Trojans closed in late in the frame from the foul line with Woodward, Posey and Hartley hitting to knot the score at 13.
Hand opened the second quarter for the Trojans with a trey. The Vikings created turnovers off the press and regained the lead. Senior Eriel Fortson drained her first trey to knot the score at 20. The two teams kept it a one-point game until the 1:12 mark when Fortson knocked down her second trey of the night to put the Trojans up by one-point. The teams again traded the lead until Woodward hit two of her team high 15-points from the foul line at the end of the frame to put the Trojans up by one at intermission.
The Trojans came out in the third and held the lead most of the quarter until Campbell hit a trey to put the Vikings on top. Hartley knotted the score again with free throws and the teams were tied three more times until Sydney Lumadue drained a trey at the buzzer to send the game into the fourth quarter with the Trojans trailing by one.
The Vikings opened the lead with five points early in the fourth quarter until Hand drained a trey. On the next trip down the floor Fortson knocked down her third trey of the game to put the Trojans up by one with four minutes to go. Campbell hit for four points to put the Vikings back into the lead and they held the Trojans off the board the rest of the way.
“The turnovers off the press caused us a lot of problems tonight,” stated Trojan head coach Alix Sellers. “The fouls in the second quarter did not help the effort either. We had some miscommunication on the floor and missed some assignments.”
The Trojans close out their season tonight in an ICC North home contest with West Branch at 6 p.m.