The Mount Union girls’ basketball team matched up against Williamsburg in an Inter-County Conference North game in Mount Union Friday night. The Trojans led most of the night, except in the closing minutes of two quarters in the first half. They held off a late run in the third quarter, then went inside and opened a lead in the fourth to seal the 44-38 win.
Karrigan Woodward again had a big night for the Trojans (4-7, 2-3 ICC North), battling under the glass to earn her 18 points on the night. The Blue Pirates (4-7, 1-5 ICC North) had just one player in double figures. Alexi McMonagle draining five treys and three buckets to end her night with 21.
“The girls came out and really played as a team for four quarters tonight,” commented Trojan head coach Alix Sellers. “The press that we used early worked for us and I think it caught them a little off guard. We could have done a better job against McMonagle, but overall the defense played well. It was a good night and it’s always good to get a win.”
The Trojans pressed in the first quarter, causing the Pirates turnover issues. Mount Union opened a four-point lead. Morgan Brumbaugh accounted for four of the Trojans’ six points in the quarter. Inside one minute to go, McMonagle drained two treys to put the Pirates ahead by two at the end of the period.
In the second, Woodward got going and scored 10-points in the first four minutes, putting the Trojans up by five. Mount Union had a slight meltdown on defense and allowed the Pirates to outscore them 8-1 in the last half of the stanza and they took the lead again inside a minute to go up by two at intermission.
Two minutes in the third period, Brumbaugh hit a layup after a foul shot by Camille Posey to put the Trojans back up by a point. The Pirates took the lead back on a layup by Kassidy McChessney, then Woodward regained the lead for the Trojans with two free throws. Kyra Hand then drained a trey to get the Trojans a little breathing room. McMonagle hit a trey and McChessney hit a couple buckets to keep it a one-point game. Woodward hit the back end of a two-shot foul to put the Trojans up by two points going into the final frame.
McMonagle drained her fifth trey to open the fourth quarter and put the Pirates back in the lead. Keairra Worthy came in and the Worthy to Woodward combination opened a six-point lead for the Trojans. Williamsburg fought back. but the Trojans held on as the clock expired.
Mount Union’s (0-5) junior varsity lost 37-9.
Tuesday night the Trojans will be on the road at Glendale.