EL DORADO — The Union Mine girls basketball team had a promising start on the court Monday night, but a second quarter collapse derailed early efforts and spelled a season-ending loss to Vista del Lago, 54-38.
It was Senior Night for Union Mine with Stephanie Preacher and Trisha Tolbert playing their last games as a part of the Diamondbacks’ squad. Tolbert ended up second in scoring for her team with eight points, while Preacher added one basket.
“We weren’t as good as we hoped this season, but we got a lot of friendship playing for this team,” Preacher said.
Tolbert added, “We grew as a team over time and overcame this not being our best season.”
Against Vista, it was an extremely positive start for Union Mine, as good offense from the D’backs, paired with sloppy play from the Eagles forced the visitors to burn two timeouts in the first four minutes in an attempt to reverse Union Mine’s momentum.
The D’backs’ biggest lead of the first quarter came when a Tolbert three pushed the advantage to eight, and while Vista would cut the deficit to three on two occasions, Union Mine managed to finish the first period up, 20-15.
“There is usually a quarter where we start to change from the successful things we were doing and things kind of fall apart,” Union Mine coach Chris Del Rio said.
Vista scored 15 unanswered points in the second to reverse its deficit. When the quarter ended, the D’backs had been outscored 20-3 and found itself behind, 35-23.
The visitors extended their lead in the third. Union Mine (3-9, 8-16) outscored Vista in the final quarter 10-7, but the small margin was well short of a close final score. Savannah Scott finished as top scorer for with 10 points.
“Our first quarter we had confidence,” Del Rio said. “We went out there with no expectations, and were shooting just like they do in practice. The pressure got to them after we had a lead.”