[Special to Eastern Kansas Sports from Adelay Martin, UHS Sports Media Reporter]
The Uniontown Eagles played the Altoona-Midway Jets once again, this time in a regular-season game instead of a tournament. Both Varsity teams, as well as the boys’ JV team, won their games. There was no girls’ JV.
The Varsity girls won their game against Altoona with a score of 54 to 24. Karleigh Schoenberger lead in points and rebounds, scoring 18 points and rebounding 7 times. Danielle Howard had 17 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals. Sivanah McAnulty had 6 rebounds, Breleigh Harris had 4 steals, and Sammie Hampton had 9 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists. Many of our JV players got to play up for this game, including freshman Skyler Coulter, who had 2 points and 3 rebounds, and foreign exchange student Irina Otero.
“Tonight, our team was able to experience one of the biggest reasons why we play the game,” stated Coach Miller. “Irina Otero stepped onto the varsity basketball court for the first time in her life tonight. Irina, an exchange student from Vilanova de Arousa, Spain, contributed to the Lady Eagles’ win with 4 points, 1 rebound, and 1 steal. The win was great, but watching Irina meet her personal goals was even better.”
I asked Irina what it was like playing for the varsity team.
She replied, “We played as a team, even when we weren’t playing the best. We supported each other. Even when we missed, we cheered for each other. We had fun and enjoyed the game, which we don’t always do. We felt like a family.”
The boys’ Varsity team beat Altoona 64 to 32. Jake Harvey scored 18 points and had 7 rebounds and 3 steals. Hunter Schaaf had 12 points and 2 assists, and Clay Sutterby had 11 points and 7 rebounds. Luke George scored 9 points and rebounded 4 times. Drew Perry had 2 assists.
“I thought we played one of our best games of the season tonight,” said Coach Hays. “I loved the energy and the unselfish basketball. Our shots weren’t falling from the perimeter, but we did a good job of attacking their zone and getting some good shots.”