Only three visiting Union County Lady Patriots scored against Franklin County Friday night, Nov. 22.

However, three scorers were enough for the Patriots as UC defeated FC 42-24.

Junior Madison Gray easily led all scorers with 23 points, including a perfect 8-for-8 from the charity stripe.

Six-foot sophomore center Sophia Knock contributed 14 points with several of her field goals off putbacks of missed Patriot field goal attempts.
Senior guard Zoe Murphy added five points.

UC started off fast offensively and played a stifling half-court matchup zone, which limited the Lady Wildcats’ penetration offense.
The Wildcats like to penetrate the paint, picking up hacks from their opponents, which allowed them to pick up some traditional threes or go to the free-throw line.

If the field goal attempts are not there, the penetrators dish it out to the perimeter for a long-range shooting attempt.

However, Friday night the shots were not falling, with much having to do with the Patriots’ defense.

For the night, FC shot 20 percent from the field in two-point land and did not hit any of their seven attempts behind the three-point arc, for 17 percent.

Senior Ashlan Hill hit the Wildcats’ first field goal with 55 seconds left in the initial quarter. By that time the score was 11-3. Senior Kairee Hodapp nailed a free throw earlier in the first quarter.

Hill led the Wildcats in scoring with a half dozen points.

Offensively, it was not much better for the Wildcats in the second quarter as they managed but five points, all coming in the last 3:30 of the half.
Hill hit two free throws to make the score 20-5. Senior Taylor McCreary had a field goal with 50 seconds remaining in the half, 23-7, and she then hit one of two free throws with 20 seconds remaining, making the first half end 23-8.

Things seemed to go better offensively for the Wildcats during the start of the fourth and final quarter. 

Down 30-15 to start the last eight minutes, Junior Kloe Bolos hit a field goal less than a minute into the quarter before Hodapp nailed a field goal less than a minute later. A senior Taylor McCreary field goal with 5:25 left in the game, brought the Wildcats within 11, 32-21.

However, an eight-one run by the Patriots through the end of the game, sealed the Wildcats’ fate.

Besides Hill, McCreary finished the game with five points. Hodapp and Bolos had four points, each.

FC went to 2-3 on the season while the Patriots are undefeated at 5-0.

FC traveled to Switzerland County and lost Saturday night.

The junior varsity Lady Wildcats defeated Union County 34-33.