12/19/2012 6:00:00 AM Lady Yellowjackets win three games
Union's Darian Wallace dribbles through traffic during the Lady Yellowjackets' game with Philadelphia last week.
By STEVE SWOGETINSKY Sports Editor
First year head coach Tyler Sparks says his team seems to be coming together as they entered the week with a 9-6 record.
Last week, the Lady Yellowjackets took a 52-46 win over West Lauderdale and then went 2-1 in the Philadelphia Invitational. Union defeated host Philadelphia 38-33 and Morton 44-34, while losing a 46-36 decision to Leake Central.
"We really played well in the Morton game," Sparks said. "We lost to a good team in Leake Central but I didn't think we played at our best. Playing good competition will get us ready for our district schedule."
Union was to visit Enterprise on Monday. On Saturday, the Lady Yellowjackets were to play Ashton High School in the Lady Royal Rumble at New Site High School.
"Some of the best teams in North Mississippi will be there," Sparks said. "It will be a good experience for our players."
The Union boys went 2-2 last week as they entered the week with an 8-4 record. Union opened the week with a 56-52 loss to West Lauderdale. They defeated Philadelphia 65-63 and Morton 50-47, and lost to Leake Central 57-45.
Union girls 52
West Lauderdale 46
The Lady Yellowjackets made a little headway in the third quarter and that proved to be the difference.
Trailing 14-13 at the end of the first quarter, Union outscored the Lady Knights 11-9 in the second quarter and led 24-23 at the half. Union outscored West Lauderdale 28-23 in the second half to take the win. Kia Rogers led Union with 23 points and Natasha McCune added 11.
Union girls 38
Union took the lead in the second quarter and held on for the victory in a hard played game.
Trailing 10-8 at the end of the first quarter, Union outscored Philadelphia 14-7 in the second quarter to go up 22-17 at the half. Union carried a 27-21 lead into the final period and held on for the win.
Rogers scored 18 points to lead the Lady Yellowjackets while Aaliyah Cunningham added nine points.
Leake Central 46
Union girls 36
Trailing 19-11 at the half, Union came on strong with 16 points in the fourth quarter but it wasn't enough as the Lady Gators held on for the win.
Ericka Huddleston led Union with 10 points.
Union girls 44
Union led 18-14 at the half and put in 26 second half points to claim the win.
Rogers scored 14 points and McCune added 12 points.
West Lauderdale 56
Union boys 52
West Lauderdale pulled ahead in the third quarter and held on for the victory.
Leading 11-8 after the first quarter, the Yellowjackets outscored the Knights 18-17 in the second quarter to go up 29-25 at the half. West outscored the Yellowjackets 20-13 in the third quarter and held on through the fourth period to claim the win.
Quinton Campbell scored 22 points to lead Union while Adrian Campbell added nine.
Union boys 65
The Yellowjackets took the lead in the fourth quarter and held on for the victory.
The score was tied at 30-30 at the half. Philadelphia outscored Union 19-16 in the third quarter to lead 49-46 heading into the final quarter. The Yellowjackets came on strong, outscoring Philadelphia 19-14 in the final quarter and took the win.
Quinton Campbell led Union with 24 points while J.D. Talley and Camein Brown both scored 10 points.
Leake Central 57
Union boys 45
The Gators from Leake Central pulled away in the second half to claim the win.
Both teams scored 23 points in the first quarter. Union outpointed Leake Central 11-10 in the second quarter and led 34-33 at the half. But Leake Central outscored Union 10-3 in the third quarter and that proved to be the difference.
Quinton Campbell led Union with 12 points while Tre Bogan added 11 and Brown finished with nine points.
Union boys 50
Union withstood a furious Morton comeback to claim the win.
Union held Morton to two points in the second quarter and led 27-15 at the half. But the Panthers came out strong in the third quarter, outscoring Union 20-6. Heading into the final quarter, Morton led 35-33.
But Union answered the challenge as the Yellowjackets outscored Morton 17-12 in the fourth quarter and took the win. Quinton Campbell led Union with 21 points and Jess Gill added 10.