Nail-biter: Mineweaser, Lady Eagles edge Union City
Paige Mineweaser’s only basket of the game was a big one.
Emma Marino found a cutting Mineweaser, who laid the ball up and in with 8.8 seconds remaining to lift the Youngsville Lady Eagles to a 29-27 win over Union City on Thursday.
On a night where they struggled to make shots, the Lady Eagles (6-7 overall, 3-4 Region 3) simply found a way to win.
“The girls fought hard,” said Youngsville coach Andy Sveda. “Emma’s pass to Paige was great and Paige was able to convert.”
Sveda lamented the fact that his team missed 29 shots in the first half, but they still found themselves up 15-13.
That lead was due in large part to a strong defensive effort and the shooting of Cait Craig, who scored nine of her game-high 15 points in the first half.
“We missed 29 shots in the first half, but we didn’t give up,” Sveda said.
Marino made a driving layup early in the third to make it 17-13, but the defensive slugfest continued.
Breanna Kinney, who scored a team-high 14 points for Union City, drilled a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left in the third to get UC (3-9, 0-6) within two at 21-19, but freshman Kamryn Weissinger just beat the third quarter horn with a drive to the basket that put Youngsville up four.
Union City bounced right back to start the fourth, taking their first lead of the game on a pair of free throws by Dawn Conant with 6:56 to play
A jumper by Craig with 3:41 to go put Youngsville back in front, but Marissa Mattocks converted a layup on the ensuing Lady Bears’ possession to knot the game at 27-27.
Each team had chances in the final two minutes, but it wasn’t until Andrea Sveda snagged a defensive rebound and Youngsville called timeout with 27 seconds left that they were able to convert for the game-winner.
Admittedly, the play didn’t go by design according to coach Sveda, but it was effective nonetheless.
“They kept overplaying us and we were starting to get some back door cuts,” he said. “The shots just weren’t falling, but we kept looking for it.”
Eliza Reynolds jumper with four seconds left was off the mark and Sveda snagged the last of her 14 rebounds, securing the win for the home team.
The Lady Eagles will look to build off the dramatic win when they hit the road at Iroquois on Monday.
“I’m proud of the girls,” coach Sveda said. “We have Iroquois on Monday. We’ll work in practice the next few days and be ready to play.”
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UNION CITY (27)
Kinney 6-1-4-14, Reynolds 2-2-2-6, Drayer 0-1-2-1, Mattocks 1-1-2-3, Murphy 0-1-2-1, Conant 0-2-2-2, Totals 9-8-14-27
Craig 5-4-7-15, Marino 3-1-4-7, Sveda 0-3-5-3, Weissinger 1-0-0-2, Mineweaser 1-0-0-2, Foley 0-0-0-0, Totals 10-8-16-29
Union City 8 5 6 8 – 27
Youngsville 9 6 8 6 – 29
Three-point FGs: Union City (1) – Kinney; Youngsville (1) – Craig
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JV: Youngsville 19, Union City 17
Youngsville: Megan Foley, Mallory Sherrard 6 points each