Bears Fall Short in Region Title Game
By Jasmine Desarae
Union City — In the Region Title game against the Cochranton Cardinals, the Union City Bears fell short with a 48-41 loss. This brought UC’s 7 game win streak and undefeated home record to a screeching halt. Union City’s overall record now falls to 16-4 overall.
The Bears’ Den was packed Friday night for the big game. The UC Krazy section stood on their feet awaiting tip-off, energy flowing through the stands.
The game started in the Bears’ favor with Bronnan Higley winning the tip-off. Yet, the Cardinals still managed to score the first points of the game. Miles Parker quickly responded with a short jumper to tie the score for the first and last time of the night. Brayden Kinney also contributed to closing the gap between the Bears and Cardinals when Cochranton began to pull ahead. Despite Cochranton’s early foul trouble, they ended the first quarter with 5 points over the Bears —11-6.
The Cardinals started Q2 strong with the first of many 3-pointers by Kohl Bernarding. Parker and Kinney found the hoop again, not letting the Bears fall too far behind. On defense, though, UC could not stop Cochranton. The offense helped their opponents by turning the ball over too many times. Despite Blake Hornaman’s shot for 3, Parker and Andrew Hoban’s foul shots and Kinney’s layup, the Bears were still down 13 points at the half.
During halftime, the Winter Sports Queen was crowned by last years victor, Sarah Miller. This year, senior Abby Anaya was named the Queen. Escorting Abby was Jaden Richardson. Other nominees for Winter Sports Queen were Riley Jo Boyd, Katherine Brozell, Kiaira Burek, Hannah Hedderick and Allie Trauner. Congratulations to all!
When the game resumed, a foul on UC sent Cochranton to the line to add 2 more points to their lead. The Cardinals score continued to rise, but the Bears finally began to lessen their deficit. Hoban sunk a 3, followed by a drive to the hoop by Parker to make it a 10-point game. Though, it seemed no matter how close UC got to taking the lead, the Cardinals could not be stopped on offense or defense. With just seconds to go in the game, the Bears fought for every point they could add. Unfortunately, it was not enough to earn them the Region Title.
When asked what happened on the court, Coach Thompson admitted that the team “did not finish under the hoop.” Thompson recognized that Cochranton is a good team, and close games like these will assist the Bears’ when playoffs begin. Despite the loss, Thompson happily added that UC will be able host a home playoff game.
The boy’s next home game will be Saturday, February 9th against General McLane. Their last home game with be Tuesday, February 12th against Girard. Both games will air on Mix 96.7.