Union girls, boys earn wins over Broken Arrow
BY MIKE BROWN World Sports Writer
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
2/13/13 at 6:02 AM
Union's Regan Burgess couldn't quite put her finger on it, but there was something about Tuesday's game with arch-rival Broken Arrow at the UMAC.
The junior guard hit three 3-pointers, all in the second quarter, and scored a season-high 12 points, helping lead the No. 11 Redskins to a 58-48 win over the 14th-ranked Tigers.
Burgess had made five treys all season. Her nine second-quarter points were part of a 19-2 run that put Union in control of the game.
"I don't know what it is," she said. "I don't usually shoot 3s but I've been shooting better in practice and my teammates are always pushing me to shoot it more."
I'mani Davis had a season-high 26 points with 13 rebounds and Esther Udoumoh chipped in 14 as the Redskins (13-9, 8-5) won for the seventh time in their last eight games.
They can clinch a share of the Frontier Conference title by beating first-place Muskogee at the UMAC in both teams' regular-season finale on Friday night. Broken Arrow (13-8, 8-5) also can share in what still could be a five-way tie for the title by winning at Owasso - if the Redskins knock off Muskogee.
Union also won the boys game, exploding for 47 second-half and racing to an 80-56 win over the sixth-ranked Tigers and knocking them out of a first-place tie with Owasso in the conference race.
Carson Meier scored 20 points to pace four Union players in double figurers. The 12th-ranked Redskins (13-9, 8-5) have won three of their last four.
"We've been trying to get focused for the last couple of week with the playoffs coming up," Union coach Rudy Garcia said. "We challenged our guys to come out and play with more heart and energy."
Jordan Phelps and Jordan Huffman scored 15 and 13 for the Tigers (16-5, 10-3), who still can clinch a share of the Frontier title by winning at Owasso on Friday night.
Union 58, Broken Arrow 48 (girls): Toree Thompson led the Tigers with 23 points, her eighth straight game with 20 or more.
Union scored the game's first six points and trailed only once. The Tigers eased in front 15-14 early in the second quarter, but Union scored the next four baskets - three treys by Burgess and Davis' driving layup - to build a 25-15 lead.
Union 80, Broken Arrow 56 (boys): Shawn Olden and Josh Palmer scored 13 reach and Jeffery Mead chipped in 11 to pace the Redskins.
Union led most of the way, but Broken Arrow was close at 43-41 before the Redskins closed the third quarter on a 12-2 run. Alex Barton's 3-pointer out of the corner produced the first double-digit lead, at 53-43.
UNION 58, BROKEN ARROW 48 (girls)
BA (13-8, 8-5): Thompson 23, Gaulden 11, Davis 6, Jones 4, Jacobson 2, McBride 2.
Union (13-9, 8-5): Davis 26, Udoumoh 14, Burgess 12, Hill 4, Fox 2.
UNION 80, BROKEN ARROW 56
BA (16-5, 10-3): Phelps 15, Huffman 13, Campbell 8, Rovang 8, Cantrell 6, Josh Holliday 3, Waymire 2, John Holliday 1.
Union (13-9, 8-5): Meier 20, Olden 13, Palmer 13, Mead 11, Davis 9, Barton 6, Redam 5, Wannemacher 3.
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