Jackson, TN—The Union Lady Bulldogs won their sixth
consecutive conference championship including each of the five
TranSouth titles since its beginning in the 1996-97 season.
Union defeated the Lady Lions of Freed Hardeman by the score
Freed Hardeman jumped to an and early 5 point lead, but the
Lady Bulldogs took the lead at the 13 minute mark of the first
half and never looked back. They led by as many as 12 in the
first half before heading to the locker room up by 9, 43-34.
In the second half, Union extended their lead to 11 early,
then kept the momentum by running off 10 unanswered points.
Union led by 21 with eight minutes to play and never trailed
by more than 15 points after that point. The Lady Bulldogs’
largest lead of 26 came with one minute 27 seconds left in the
Leading the Lady Bulldogs was Mary Catherine Way with 25
points including 5 of 9 from three-point range. Tasheka Brown
proved to be big after Union’s center, Allison Harrison left
the game early with a sprained ankle. Brown tallied a
double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Tonya Tougles
also managed a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Senior guard added 10 points and seven rebounds. Leading the
Lady Lions was Tosha Gardner with 15 points and Leah Holcomb
with 12 points and five rebounds.
The Lady Bulldogs shot 59% from the field including 43%
(6-14) from three-point range. Neither team missed a
free-throw on the evening as Union shot a perfect eight of
eight and Freed Hardeman shot 15 of 15. Union out rebounded
the Lady Lions 38 to 27 and held them to a 35% shooting
percentage on the night.
Head coach Mark Campbell said of his Lady Bulldogs’
performance, "We are getting better at valuing every
possession. We continue to have people step up when someone
gets hurt. We had five girls that could have been on the
Union’s Mary Catherine Way and April Pearson along with
Freed Hardeman’s Dandace Khuns and Tosha Gardner were
selected to the All-Tournament Team.