The Lady Falcons overcame a slow start and seven first-quarter turnovers to take a 60-55 come-from-behind Mountain 7 District basketball win over Union.
With the win, Abingdon (14-5, 9-1) kept its share of the district lead.
The Lady Falcons are atop the Mountain 7 standings with Wise Central.
Abingdon hosts Central in the regular-season finale on Feb. 7, but Lady Falcons coach Jimmy Brown wants his players focused on the games in front of them.
Abingdon heads to Gate City Friday in Mountain 7 action before a non-district contest at Richlands on Saturday.
“We’re kind of in a three-game shake right here,” said Brown.
Union controlled the game early, primarily because of its defense that was designed in great part to limit Peyton Carter.
The Lady Bears (11-7, 2-7) led 13-7 after the first quarter thanks to transition baskets off of turnovers.
“We’ve been kind of been waiting on that. All year, we’ve been waiting on somebody to junk (defense) Peyton. But we had some kids that stepped up,” said Brown. “We had some kids that I felt could have stepped up a lot earlier, but at the end of the day a win in this district is a win in this district.”
Adjustments in the second quarter helped Abingdon cut Union’s lead to 25-23 by halftime.
The third quarter belonged to Abingdon.
The Lady Falcons used solid defensive play in the period and took advantage of six turnovers to limit the Lady Bears to seven points in the quarter and build a 41-32 lead.
MAKING IT INTERESTING
Union battled back in the fourth to make it a game.
A 3-pointer by the Lady Bears’ Heather Lipps, her sixth of the game, cut the Abingdon lead to 48-47 with 4:24 to play.
But that was as close as Union could get.
The two teams swapped baskets and free throws the rest of the way.
Emily Breeding led Abingdon with 17 points, while Carter chipped in 12. Morgan Blevins added nine rebounds for Abingdon.
Union got a game-high 22 points from Emili Blevins, while Lipps finished with 18.
UNION BOYS ROLL
Union (10-9, 6-3) started strong and kept rolling along to take a 69-48 Mountain 7 District win over Abingdon (9-11, 4-6).
The Bears jumped out to a 15-7 first-quarter lead and never trailed.
Union coach Zack Moore said his team was prepared for the challenge that Abingdon presented.
“You go on the road playing a district game. They’ve been playing well and we knew it wasn’t going to be easy.
“We knew the second half wasn’t going to be easy. We knew they were going to make their run. We held them off. Made enough shots, made free throws and defensively made enough stops.”
FRESHMAN LEADS THE BUNCH
Union freshman Andy Jones led all scorers with 23 points, while Noah Garrison finished with 15. Justin Falin added 13 for the Bears and Alex Rasnick had 11.
Abingdon got 16 points from Chase Hungate.