GRUNDY, Va. —
If Tuesday's game between two of the region's perennial heavyweights when it comes to girls basketball had been scored like a boxing match, it would have been a split decision.
Union dominated one quarter, one was a draw and Grundy controlled two, and those two were just enough to give the Lady Wave a hard-fought, 47-42 win Tuesday night.
It was more of a defensive struggle than anything and the inside play of Grundy had a major impact on the game.
Union held Wave standout Morgan Hall without a field goal in the second half after Grundy limited Lady Bears star Sydney McKinney's touches in the first half.
Hall posted a double-double with 15 points, nine in the first half when Grundy (3-4) held as much as 15-point lead. She also hauled in 19 rebounds, 14 on the defensive end of the floor.
McKinney scored nine of her 13 points in the second half. She faced box or diamond-and-one defensive pressure the entire night, while Hall faced it from the middle of the second quarter on.
"I thought it was a game of two good strategies," said Grundy coach Craig Plymal. "In the first half we thought we did a good job against McKinney and they had it in the second half against Morgan.
"I thought we played well defensively, except for the third quarter. I mean we held them to four points in two different quarters, the first and the fourth."
Union (4-1) began to chip away at Grundy's lead before halftime and tied the score at 34-34 on a steal and driving lay-up by McKinney with 1:27 remaining in the third period.
The Lady Bears took a 38-35 lead into the fourth period when Grundy made a 10-2 run to regain the lead for good. m"We didn't come out ready to play at the start," said Union coach Kory Bostic. "We dug ourselves a little bit of a hole. We came out in the second half with good intensity and fought our way back, but that third quarter took a lot out of us."
"We mixed it up, they mixed it up, I thought it was a battle of two horses," added Plymal. "McKinney is good, we had to try and stop her and they had to try and stop Morgan. It was just a great high school basketball game."
Autumn Sperry hit three three-pointers and scored 14 points for Grundy. Emily Lane scored just six points, but had to guard the athletic McKinney the entire night.
"That was a good match-up," Plymal said. "Emily has the size and she worked at it and got stronger during the off-season.
"She played good defense, then she had to turn around and take care of the basketball for us and I think she made some good decisions."
McKenna Tankerlsey and Hannaha Dysart combined for four three-pointers and 18 points for Union. The Lady Bears were without one of their top players, Kristen Bishop, who sat out, Bostic said, with concussion symptoms.
McKinney 13, Dysart 9, Morgan 0, Begley 5, Trent 4, Tankersley 9,
Horner 2, Jones 0.
Hall 15, Lane 6, P. Owens 2, Sperry 14, S. Yates 4, Caudill 0, Snead 6, Kyle 0.
Union.................................4 12 22 4 — 42
Grundy.............................13 12 10 12 — 47
3-point goals-U 4 (Tankersley 3, Dysart), G 3 (Sperry 3). JV-Game-Grundy, 41-23.