The Mount Union girls’ basketball team struggled at the beginning of the game against visiting West Branch Friday night. The Trojans got stronger as the game progressed and took over the second half to finish the season on a high note with a 53-40 Inter-County Conference North victory.
The Trojans put three players in double figures, led by Karrigan Woodward with 17 points. Kyra Hand hit for 13 in her last game for the Trojans, while Camille Posey added 10 to the Trojans total.
The Trojans close out with an overall 6-14 record and they were 4-10 in the ICC North. The Warriors are 6-16 on the season and 1-13 in the conference.
“This was the type of game all coaches wish to end their season on,” stated Trojan head coach Alix Sellers. “Everyone contributed at both ends of the floor tonight. The girls that came off the bench played well and we maintained our presence the complete game after a slow start.”
Early turnovers allowed West Branch to go up by a couple points. At the three-minute mark, Karrigan Woodward hit a 10-footer to give the Trojans their first lead of the game. Julia Herring nailed a trey to put the Warriors up by two points at the end of the frame.
The Trojans started to trap early in the second quarter after a trey by Jazlynn Robb put the Warriors up by five. Mount Union scored 10 unanswered points. Woodward hit for five points and K. Hand drained a trey. The Trojans were up by three at the break.
The third quarter belonged to the Trojans, who scored 24 points. They got through the Warriors press easily and that allowed good inside looks at the rim. Woodward added 10 points to her team-high 17. Eriel Fortson nailed a trey and Hand hit her second trey of the night. The Warriors hit four treys to account for all 12 points in the quarter. Prestash hit two treys and ended her night with 11. The Trojans took a 15-point lead into the fourth quarter.
Hand had two put-backs to get the fourth quarter going for the Trojans. Herring hit three of four from the foul line to end her night with 11points for the Warriors. The Trojans continued to work the bench in the second half of the frame. Hand hit her third trey and Tyonna Hartley knocked down a three-pointer for the Trojans and the Warriors could not close in.