Lady Bears Come Up Short in Loss to Panthers

Written by Cody Rose

The Union City Lady Bears were back in the Bears Den on Monday night taking on the Saegertown Panthers in a region 2 game.

Senior, Lucy Higley

Brooke VanTassel would score the first points of the game as the Bears would go on an 8-0 run to begin the contest, Saegertown would score their first basket with 3:30 left in the opening quarter as they would score the next six points but at the end of the first quarter the Bears led 12-7. Cathryn Reynolds would score the first points of the second quarter after hitting a three-pointer ending the Panthers 4-0 run, Saegertown would take their first lead with 4:30 left in the half 16-15 but the Bears would go on a 6-1 run and at halftime the Bears led 21-17. Saegertown made good adjustments coming out of the half as they would outscore the Bears in the third quarter 14-8 and led after three quarters 31-29. The Bears would come up just short in the game losing a heartbreaker to the Panthers 44-41 losing their fourth straight game and falling to 4-6 (1-2) on the season as the Panthers improve to 7-6 (3-1) earning their second straight win. The Lady Bears won the JV game however in dominating fashion earning a 48-13 victory. The Lady Bears will be back in action Thursday as they travel to Youngsville in another region game. “Very tough loss tonight. We started off well and got ahead but made some costly mistakes defensively the rest of the way and it cost us.” Coach Matt Moon told us in a statement after the game. “When you go 6 for 16 from the line that won’t help your chances either. Positive we have to take away is we played a lot better than we have the past two weeks. We’ve got to build on that and keep getting better. On to Youngsville Thursday and we’ll look to get back in the win column and try to build some momentum.”

Game stats:

Brooke VanTassel – 17 points

Cathryn Reynolds – 9 points

Kaleigh Brenner – 4 points

Angie Hopson – 4 points

Lucy Higley – 3 points 

Brookelyne Wienczkowski – 2 points

Ellie Hunter – 2 points