Lady Cats earn win 1-2A win over East Union

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Baldwyn’s Sommer Tyes (32), under heavy pressure from East Union’s Peyton Wildman (12), passes the ball to Kinya Anderson (23) as Lady Cat Janiyah Johnson (22) watches the play develop in Friday night’s win against the Lady Urchins in Ellistown. News photo/Jason Collum

ELLISTOWN | It was a hard-fought battle from the beginning, but Baldwyn’s Lady Cats came out victorious over East Union on Saturday.

Jada Shinault put the Lady Cats on the board first with a three-point shot. The Lady Urchins tied it, but Baldwyn reeled off two more scores to take a 7-3 lead. With the Lady Urchins threatening again the Lady Cats again built a four-point lead, spurred by another trey by Shinault. East Union responded likewise, again pulling to within one. Baldwyn put together it’s third 4-0 run of the period to end it, taking a 14-9 lead into the second quarter. 

Baldwyn led by as much as eight in a very low-scoring second quarter for both teams. With three minutes to go the Lady Cats’ lead was cut to seven, 18-11, follow an East Union free throw. Sommer Tyes helped put Baldwyn up by nine with just over two minutes to go, but East Union started showing some life, dropping a three-point shot and then scoring off a turnover with 1:18 to go in the half to cut Baldwyn’s lead back to four, 20-16. Baldwyn was unable to capitalize on its scoring chances the rest of the way, and East Union dropped another three a second before the buzzer to make it a one-point game, 20-19, at the half. 

East Union took its first lead of the game at the top of the quarter, pulling ahead by three. Shinault struck back with two more three-pointers to reclaim the lead for the Lady Cats. Baldwyn stepped up its aggressive attack, forcing a turnover and then getting another basket and free throw by Shinault to put Baldwyn back ahead by six, 29-23. East Union broke Baldwyn’s 10-0 run, but the Lady Cats answered immediately with a 7-0 run to go back up by 11, 36-25, with 3:30 to go in the period. Baldwyn’s Kristian Hill extended the run about two minutes later with a basket underneath, but East Union broke the run with trey to pull back within 10, 38-28, with just over a minute remaining in the period. The teams traded score the rest of the way, with Kinya Anderson padding Baldwyn’s lead on a last-second jump shot to carry a 42-30 lead into the fourth quarter. The Lady Urchins briefly cut the Lady Cat lead to nine to open the fourth quarter but Baldwyn built another double-digit lead, as much as 14 points, 48-34, with just under four minutes to go. The double-digit lead was only breached once, with less than a minute to go, but Baldwyn tacked on two more points before the buzzer to leave Ellistown with a hard-fought 54-44 win.