West Union picks up wins at North Pontotoc tournament

West Union girls picked up three wins in four games last week despite several injuries on the team.

After holding on for a win at East Union, the Lady Eagles played Vardaman at the North Pontotoc tournament on Thursday, winning 68-58.
“Right now what we’re doing well with is playing with who we have and utilizing one another,” Lady Eagles’ coach Kelly Robbins said. “We have a few hurt that are used to seeing a good bit of playing time, and I’ve had some step up off the bench that have been important.”
Leading 25-20 at the half, West Union out scored the Lady Rams 27-14 in the third quarter, going on a 15-0 run at one point. Julianna Garner led all scorers with 22 points, followed by Brittany Taylor with 12 points.
On the road again on Friday, West Union defeated Tupelo Christian 40-20, and closing out the week at the North Pontotoc tournament on Saturday, the Lady Eagles fell to the Lady Vikings, 61-26. Robbins hopes her team will continue to learn how to step up to challenges as they continue on this season.
“We have to learn that when it’s time to be challenged, we step up to that challenge instead of back,” she said. “We’ve been working on that, and the more challenges we face, it can only make us better. When challenges arise, we have to learn to step up.”
The Eagles had a close loss at East Union last week, but rebounded with a 55-34 win over Vardaman last Thursday. The Eagles also faced North Pontotoc last Saturday, falling 78-52, and coach Tim Henderson said that despite the loss, he is beginning to see his team slowly eliminating the meltdowns they have had in games.
“Saturday, I was pleased with our first quarter and a half, and then somewhere in the second quarter, we had a meltdown,” he said. “Some of our previous games have had meltdowns, but we’re cutting down on that.”
“Against East Union, in the third quarter we had one and got down 15, but we were able to get back in the ball game and had a good chance to win in the end. As long as we’re cutting down on that, I’ll be satisfied.”
Henderson also said he is seeing improvement from his team, as they prepare now for a homecoming match-up against Saltillo on Friday.
“I feel like we’re improving. Our record may not look like we are, but I feel like we are, and we have some guys that are beginning to fill into their role and understand what they need to do to be successful. The more that happens, the greater chances for success there are for us.”
West Union played at South Pontotoc on Tuesday and will host Saltillo on Friday and play at Myrtle next Tuesday, Dec. 11.