The Grant Union girls basketball team put together strong offensive and defensive efforts at both ends of the court to pick up a 74-51 victory over Joseph in a Wapiti League game on Saturday.
Holding a 17-13 lead after the first quarter of play, the Lady Prospectors burned the net for 23 points in the second quarter to build a 40-23 half-time advantage.
"They started to get tired in the second quarter and we were able to take control of the game," Grant Union coach Adam Barrett said.
Joseph (2-4 league, 3-9 overall) hung tough against Grant Union's pressure defense over the first eight minutes of the contest, but early in the second period the turnovers began to pile up for the Eagles.
"The girls really enjoyed the game since it was so physical. I was very pleased with this group's effort. Even though we lost, it was an opportunity for us to learn some valuable lessons," said Joseph coach Wendy McDaniel.
"I think what happened is they played with us in the first quarter a little bit because of Licia Miller who is very quick, and we had a tough time trapping her and pressuring her," Barrett said. "You could kind of tell they started wearing down in the second quarter. We made some adjustments at the end of the first quarter and that helped us out too. They have a good ball club and were playing without three of their starters tonight. This is the best talent they've had on the court in quite a few years."
Grant Union went on a 7-0 run to open the second quarter and held the Eagles scoreless until Miller hit one of two free throws with 4:56 remaining in the period.
Joseph committed 17 turnovers in the first half and was held scoreless from the floor in the second quarter until Miller hit a basket at the 1:12 mark. By that time, the Lady Pros were up 32-15.
As things turned out, Miller's hoop was the only one the Eagles would score in the second period, and the Grant Union lead could have been much greater if the E-Gal's senior hadn't gone 8-for-12 from the charity stripe.
In the third quarter Grant Union's scoring onslaught continued with 18 additional points, giving the Prospectors a comfortable 58-36 lead heading into the final quarter of action.
Grant Union had a balanced scoring attack led by Ashley Thunell's double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds.
Amy Jones had nine points and 16 boards, and Whitney Simmons scored nine points. Bobbie Vidourek tallied eight points, and Ashley Krausse along with Amanda Courchesne had seven points each.
Miller tallied a game-high 19 points with three baskets from the field and a 13-for-21 effort from the free throw line to lead Joseph. Teammate Julie Butterfield added 13 points.
Score by quarter:
Joseph 13 11 12 15 = 51
Grant Union 17 23 18 16 = 74
Joseph: Miller 3 13/20 19; Butterfield 3 7/12 13; Couch 2 0/1 4; Moncrief 2 0-4 4; Jones 2 0/0 4; McClaran 1 0/1 2; Pfeiffer 2 1/2 5. Totals 15 21/41=51, team fouls 13
Grant Union: Thunell 7 2/4 16; Jones 4 0/3 9; Simmons 4 1/2 9; Vidourek 4 0/0 8; Reyes 000; Mathews 2 0/0 4; Krausse 3 1/2 7; Weigum 3 0/2 6; Lemcke 000; Courchesne 3 1/1 7; Moles 2 0/0 4; Salvino 2 0/2 4. Totals 34 5/16 =74, team fouls 30.
Three-point goals - Joseph 0, Grant Union 1 (Jones). Turnovers - Joseph 32, Grant Union 18. Total fouls - Joseph 13, Grant Union 27. Fouled out - Krausse.