Eagle girls cruise past Wildcats

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

 

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Uniontown High’s Jacy Ermel (20) shoots over Marmaton Valley High’s Alysha Westhoff (22) in the lane during the first quarter of Friday’s season opener. The Eagles put the game away early, 26-0 in the first quarter, en route to a 66-16 win in Moran.

MORAN — Uniontown High head coach Ken Holt said he woke up early Friday morning. Couldn’t sleep, he said, the basketball season opener was on his mind.
The Eagle girls, under his direction, put his mind to rest quickly Friday night. Uniontown overpowered archrival Marmaton Valley High’s Wildcats 66-16 in a non-league contest on the Wildcats’ floor.
“We really played well, especially in the first half. We put pressure on them, pushed the ball up the court and finished well,” Holt said. “I was very pleased with how the girls coming off the bench played.”
Uniontown did very little wrong as it charged out to a 6-0 lead in the first two minutes. The Eagles fired in 26 points while holding the Wildcats scoreless in the first quarter.
“We didn’t take care of the basketball. We did not do any of what we’ve worked on in practice,” said Kent Houk, Marmaton Valley head coach, after the game.
When the Wildcats got the ball on their side of the court, their inability to make strong passes led to turnovers The Wildcats had 34 turnovers for the game.
Marmaton Valley had no answered inside for 5-11 sophomore center Jacy Ermel. Ermel scored 10 of the Eagles’ first 14 points. She finished with 19 points.
The Wildcats got on the scoreboard when junior Cheyanne Miller hit from outside to open the second quarter. Miller scored again the 5:57 left to make it 28-4.
Uniontown used its bench players throughout the first half. It extended its lead to 38-8 by halftime . Marmaton Valley got a putback basket by junior Maggie Meiwes, who is 6-1, just before the break.
The Eagles netted the first 11 points of the third quarter. They were up 56-12 going into the final eight minutes, triggering a running clock.
Uniontown shot 54 percent, 29 of 53, from the field while Marmaton Valley shot 16 percent, 6 of 37.
The Eagles had 25 rebounds led by freshman Hayden Rathbun. Senior Abbie Smith fired in 10 points and handed out five assists. Tiffany Poyner, junior guard, made six steals.
Meiwes led the Wildcats with nine points and our rebounds. Miller ended up with six points. Freshman Kailey Boyd had three steals for the Wildcats.
Uniontown won the junior varsity game also but no final score was available.
Uniontown (1-0) plays in next week’s Winter Wildcat Classic at Yates Center High School. The Eagles take on Sedan in the first round of play Tuesday at 8 p.m.
Marmaton Valley (0-1) is hosting the annual MVHS Preseason Tournament. The round-robin event opens Tuesday with the Wildcats playing Northeast High of Arma.

Uniontown (26-12-18-10—66) (FG/3-pt): Morrow 2-0-0-4, Clayton 3-0-1-6, Rathbun 1-0-1-2, Smith 5-0-3-10, Poyner 4-1-2-9, Ermel 7-5-3-19, Jurgensen 3-0-2-6, Harper 0/1-0-2-3, Esslinger 2-1-2-5, Weyant 1-0-0-2. TOTALS: 28/1-7-16-66.
Marmaton Valley (0-8-4-4—16): Boyd 0-0-1-0, Miller 3-0-0-6, Westhoff 0-1-2-1, Meiwes 3-3-1-9, Howell 0-0-3-0, Trollope 0-0-4-0, Henry 0-0-1-0. TOTALS: 6-4-12-16.