Ike girls power past Union City

Eisenhower’s Delaney Chase (13-white) looks for a teammate while being guarded by Union City’s Eliza Reynolds (13-green) during the second half of their game at Eisenhower High School, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. Chase had nine points to help the Knights to a 57-35 win over the Bears

Eisenhower shook off a “sluggish” start and turned a 4-point halftime lead into a 57-35 Region 2 win over visiting Union City Tuesday.

An 18-point second quarter kept the Bears in it, but the Knights went on a 9-0 run to start the second half and cruised to the victory.

“This is one of those games you worry about,” Eisenhower coach Mike Logue said. “You don’t know what to expect. Both teams had low numbers and there was no JV (game). It gets you a little out of sync. We came out a little sluggish.”

Eisenhower (5-7 overall, 3-4 Region 2) managed just four points through the first four minutes of the game, but held Union City (2-9, 0-6) scoreless through the first 5 1/2 minutes. The Knights began hitting more shots and held a 13-4 advantage, but the Bears connected on a layup, then got a steal and transition bucket to close the quarter and only trailed 13-8 after one.

Union City’s 6-0 run spanning the late first and early second quarters cut the deficit to three, 13-10. Eisenhower was able to shake it off and pushed the advantage back to seven, 19-12, with just under four minutes to play in the half. The Bears’ Eliza Reynolds was fouled shooting a 3-pointer, hit all three free throws, then came right back and connected on a 3 on the next possession to get Union City right back in it. Delaney Chase hit a 3-pointer of her own to stretch the lead back to six, 26-20, with just under two minutes to play. Another Eisenhower bucket had the Knights up by eight, but Reynolds hit a pair of late 3s to keep the Bears within striking distance, 30-26, at the half.

Eisenhower’s Emiley Wheeler (4) wrestles the ball away from Union City’s Lauren Murphy (4) during the second half of their game at Eisenhower High School, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. Wheeler had 21 points and the Knights picked up a 57-35, Region 2 win over the Bears.

Reynolds scored 14 of her team-high 22 points in the second quarter.

Eisenhower’s 9-0 run lasted nearly four minutes into the third. The Knights stepped up defensively as well and limited the Bears to just nine second half points.

“We refocused at the half,” Logue said. “Lilee Renninger and Alexis Courtney did a nice job on their help defense. We need to play team defense to win games.”

Lydia Giannini had a double-double with 23 points and 16 rebounds. She also added four blocks and five steals. Emiley Wheeler had 21 points, while Chase dropped nine points and Courtney dished out three assists.

“We know our strengths,” Logue said. “Our post players are a definite mismatch. They ran a trap early, then went to a box-and-1. We just went to the post player who wasn’t being guarded by (Marissa Mattocks).”

The Knights face a tough challenge Thursday when they travel to Iroquois for a Region 2 contest with the Braves. Iroquois is coming off a 75-21 win over Tidioute with a 40-point effort from Angelina Meola. The McDowell transfer is averaging 26.5 ppg.

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Union City (35)

Reynolds 7-5-8-22, Zielinski 3-0-0-6, Gates 1-0-0-2, Prayer 1-0-0-2, Mattocks 1-0-0-2, Murphy 0-1-2-1, Best 0-0-0-0, Messinger 0-0-0-0, Team 13-6-10-35

Eisenhower (57)

Giannini 9-5-9-23, Wheeler 10-1-6-21, Chase 3-2-4-9, Renninger 2-0-0-4, Mohney 0-0-0-0, Courtney 0-0-0-0, Team 24-8-19-57

By quarters

Union City 8 18 5 4 – 35

Eisenhower 13 17 13 14 – 57

3-point FGs: Union City (3)-Reynolds 3. Eisenhower (1)-Chase.

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Iroquois (75)

A. Meola 16-0-12-10-42, D. Meola 1-0-1-1-3, J. Meola 4-2-2-0-14, Szymezak 7-0-0-0-14, Start 1-0-0-0-2

TCCS (21)

Krouse 1-3-0-0-11, Sabella 1-0-0-0-2, Fors 1-0-0-0-2, Proctor 1-0-0-0-2, Nuttall 1-0-2-1-3, Zofcin 0-0-2-1-1

By quarters

Iroquois 32 20 14 9 – 75

TCCS 2 3 8 8 – 21

3-point FGs: Iroquois (2)-J. Meola. TCCS (3)-Krouse 3.

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Elk County Catholic, the No. 3 ranked Class A team in Pennsylvania, was too much for Sheffield on Tuesday, winning 81-32.

Tyler Hepinger scored a team-high 14 points for Sheffield.

The unbeaten Crusaders had four players in double figures, led by Will Uberti, who scored 16. In total, ECC had ten different players find the scoring column.

Sheffield returns to action today at Brookville.

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Taylor Newton scored 14 points as ECC eased past Sheffield.

“We continue to not score, not rebound and we continue to lose,” said Sheffield coach Brandon Troutman. “We’ll be fine if we start to put an emphasis on that, if not, we’re going to struggle.”

Allison Schmader scored four points for Sheffield, which is at Rocky Grove today.