The Bears (9-8, 5-2) had to go to double overtime before taking a 90-85 Mountain 7 win over upset-minded Ridgeview (8-9, 2-6) at the Bear Den.
Ridgeview outscored Union 28-17 in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime.
Freshman Andy Jones led five Union players in double-figure scoring with 27 points. Alex Rasnick had 18, while Noah Garrison scored 13, Justin Falin finished with 12 and Connor Giza had 10.
Ridgeview got 25 points from Gabe Brown, while Gabe Counts had 22. The Wolfpack also got 18 points from Tyler O’Quinn and 10 from Brody Counts.
RIDGEVIEW GIRLS HANG ON FOR BIG WIN
Ridgeview did what it needed to do Wednesday to set up a first-place matchup with Abingdon on Friday.
The Wolfpack kept Union at a healthy distance to take a 51-46 Mountain 7 District girls basketball win over the Lady Bears.
With the win, Ridgeview (14-3, 7-1) kept pace with Wise Central (13-4, 6-1) and Abingdon (11-5, 6-1) atop the district standings. The win also set up the first of several Mountain 7 showdowns in the second half of the season when the Pack travels to Abingdon.
JUST ANOTHER DISTRICT GAME
“It’s just another night in the Mountain 7, especially when you have to play back-to-back nights and then you have to come over here and play in this hostile environment,” said Ridgeview coach Donnie Frazier. “They always play us tough over here.”
One of the big concerns for Frazier and his coaching staff was making sure Ridgeview was focused on the game with Union and not looking ahead to Friday’s game at Abingdon.
“We talked about that in the locker room,” the coach said. “I told them Friday night’s game means nothing if we don’t win tonight.”
CLOSE ALL THE WAY
Union (10-5, 2-5) led through most of the opening quarter until a basket from Ridgeview’s Cassidy Thomas put the Wolfpack up 15-13.
Ridgeview never trailed again.
Union kept things close and cut the lead to one point on three different occasions, including twice in the fourth quarter, but could never regain the lead.
The Lady Bears cut Ridgeview’s lead to 47-46 with 1:11 to play in the contest when Emili Brooks hit one of two free throw attempts.
Ridgeview then connected on four of six free throws in the final 45 seconds to pull away for the win.
Union had its chances to make things closer down the stretch but missed two field goal attempts and two free throws in the final minute of the contest.
Bailey Frazier led Ridgeview with 17 points and 13 rebounds, while Nikole Counts finished with 15 points for the Wolfpack.
Union’s trio of Jayda Smith, Brooks and Heather Lipps accounted for all but two of the Lady Bears points. Smith finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Brooks had 14 and Lipps added 10. Union also got 10 rebounds from Kara Mullins.