By Brandon Speck
BALDWYN – It took East Union a quarter to get rolling but when it did, the Urchins cruised to a berth in the MHSAA Class 2A North Tournament.
With starting point man and leading scorer Chris Tables out of the starting five slowed by a bone bruise, East Union exploded in the second quarter of its Division 1-2A tournament opener in a 93-26 win against Hatley.
“We got off on a little rusty start, a little uncomfortable early, but got things rolling,” East Union coach Tim McDonald said.
Twelve players scored for East Union (15-12), led by Dustin Hall’s 16. The Urchins will face Hamilton on Thursday.
East Union took a five-point lead into the second. Hall scored 11 points in the quarter to lead a 10-0 run that became a 37-6 run.
The lead went to 67-24 after three straight from behind the arc from Hall, Barkley and Davis in the third.
“(Chris) hasn’t gotten to practice a whole lot and that’s put a little wrinkle in our lineup,” McDonald said. “But we came through it.”
Hatley (3-22) was led by Andrew Quintero’s 10 points but was held to four points in the third, two at the buzzer in the fourth and six in the second quarter.
East Union also got 15 from Trey Barkley, 14 from Dontrell Lattimore 14 and 10 from Trey Davis.
“We got a little bit ahead of ourselves,” Hatley coach Allen Ward said. “I wanted to slow the game down more and we didn’t do as well against pressure as I wanted, something we’ve battled all year.”
(G) Hamilton 53, East Union 45: Hamilton got a combined 35 points from cousins Christy (18) and Mary Willis (17). Jade Anderson had 11 for East Union, Karlie Hill 10.
(G) Hatley 50, Okolona 30: In a game interrupted by a brief power outage, Hatley led 25-8 at the break and got 20 from senior Katie Beth Worthy. Delgee Hicks led Okolona with 16.
(B) Okolona 60, New Site 50: Okolona trailed 29-23 at the half but outscored New Site 20-9 in the third. Donovan Ivy led the Chieftains with 18. Daniel Webb had 14 for New Site and Ethan Brown added 12.