Eagles edge Lady Lancers

COLONY — A Breanna Esslinger three-pointer as time expired capped a come-from-behind win Friday evening for Uniontown High’s girls.
The Eagles trailed 42-40 — host Crest High had just taken the lead on a basket and free throw by Kerry Stoneking with 11 seconds left — when Esslinger’s trey gave Uniontown a 43-42 win.
“We really didn’t play very well, but it was a great come-from-behind win,” Eagles head coach Ken Holt said.
“The girls did everything we asked,” Crest head coach Brent Smith said. “We defended them and had a hand in her face. Her shot went in. Kudos to them.”
Crest started the game like gang-busters, jumping to a 14-7 lead. The Lady Lancers were on top 23-16 at the break.
Uniontown crept to within 31-27 by the end of the third quarter and the game was nip-and-tuck in the final frame.
“The girls came out and started well on senior night,” Smith said. “We missed some high-percentage shots and turned the ball over a few times. But the girls did some positive things. We had some kids who came off the bench and gave us some positive minutes.”
Esslinger wound up with 16 points, while Jacy Ermel had eight points and nine rebounds for the Eagles. Kait Spainhoward chipped in with 10 rebounds. Abbie Smith racked up five steals and four assists.
Stoneking scored 15 points, while Becca Honn had nine points and Tana Schooler scored eight for the Lady Lancers.
Uniontown emerged victorious 27-23 in junior varsity action. Emily Aikins scored eight points to lead Uniontown’s JV; Caitlin Golden paced Crest with 10.
Crest has little time to dwell on the loss. The Lady Lancers (7-13 overall and 3-4 in Three Rivers League play) begin Class 1A Regional play Monday at home against Altoona-Midway.
Uniontown (The Eagles (7-11 overall and 5-2 in TRL) travel to Pomona Tuesday.


Uniontown (7-9-11-16—43) (FG/3-pt): Clayton 1-1-2-3, Rathbun 1-0-0-2, Smith 3-1-1-7, Spainhoward 0-2-1-2, Poyner 1-0-1-2, Ermel 3-2-5-8, Camac 1-1-2-3, Esslinger 5/2-0-3-16. TOTALS: 15/2-7-15-43.
Crest (14-9-8-11—42) (FG/3-pt): Catt 0-0-2-0, Strickler 0-3-3-3, Westhoff 3-0-2-6, Stoneking 5-5-4-15, Schooler 4-0-5-8, Honn 3/1-0-1-9, Beecher 0-1-2-1. TOTALS: 15/1-9-19-42.