The Panthers look to improve after striking out on a 10-15 2017 season, and with a dugout full of experience returning this season, they’re chances are looking pretty good.
“The Panthers graduated only 3 players after the 2017 season,” third year head coach Robby Roxbury said in a recent interview with your TeamFYNSports reporter. He added, “This team has a lot of potential and we’re looking on building momentum early in the season and riding on it throughout the season.”
This 2018 Panthers roster returns many starters and carries a deep bullpen into this season. Region 7-AAA is one of the more difficult regions in the state as North Hall won the state championship during the 2017 season and GAC advanced into the quarterfinals.
Coach Roxbury when asked about how this region stacks up replied, “You look at this region and say wow! This is easily one of the most talented and most difficult regions in the state. Just to show how talented this region is, North Hall placed 3rd in the region last year and went on to win the state championship.”
The Panthers look to lean on the senior leadership from this team as they will have 7 seniors. All 5 of the 7 seniors have played all 4 years at Union County.
When asking senior infielder Patrick Baggett on what he thought about the upcoming season: ‘“This has been the quickest 3 years of my life I can’t believe we’re already seniors I’ve played with these guys since t-ball. I think we will improve a lot in contrast to last year, I’m not going to lie it was a difficult year for all of us we hate losing.”
Baggett along with the rest of the players, coaches, and fans hope to see this team make a deep run in the playoffs.
The Lady Panthers tipped off at 4:30 Feb 7. The Lady Panthers looked to face a Dawson County Lady Tigers team that they had fell to twice already this season. A win for the Lady Panthers would secure the 4th spot in the region and a playoff berth, a loss would end the season.
The Lady Panthers got off to a sluggish and slow start as the Lady Tigers got off to a 10-0 run to start the game. The Lady Panthers found rhythm and followed that run up with a 9-0 run of their own. The Lady Panthers trialed 17-9 at the end of Q1 led by Daniel with 3.
The Lady Panthers continued with their Q1 rhythm as they grabbed a lead right before the half going on a 12-2 run as they led 21-19. Senior guard Daniel led the Lady Panthers with 11 in the first half.
The halftime break got the best of the Lady Panthers as they lost all rhythm and scored only 1 point during the first 5:20 of Q3, the Lady Panthers had 7 turnovers in that span of time. UC trailed 41-27 going into Q4.
The deficit seemed too much to overcome as the Lady Panthers trialed by as many as 18. The Lady Panthers season came to an end as they lost 41-53. Daniel led the Lady Panthers with 15 in her final game, Mccarter followed up with 12.
The Lady Panthers finished the season 15-10 under first year head coach Corey Garrett.
Daniel finished her high school career with over 1000 points and 2 all region selections. Mccarter was the only other Lady Panther to make the all region team. Hill was selected as an honorable mention.
Tuesday Jan 30th played against the Lumpkin County Lady Indians. The Lady Panthers looked to complete the season sweep over the Lady Indians who sat in 5th place in the region. A win would secure a playoff spot. A win would put the Lady Panthers in place for a 3 way tie.
The Lady Panthers got off to a quick start against the Lady Indians. The Lady Panthers led 10-2 at the end of Q1. Mccarter led all scorers with 8 points.
Bailey Daniel led the Lady Panthers with 4 points in Q3. To extend the UC lead 28-27 over the Lady Indians.
The Lady Panthers would go on to win a tough fought game 36-33. Daniel made 2 free throws to seal the game. The Lady Panthers were led by Mccarter’s 14 and Daniel’s poured in 11.
The Lady Panthers are now in a 3 way tie for 2nd place with East Hall and Dawson. The Lady Panthers will play Dawson County Fri, Feb 2 for Senior Night (beginning at 6pm).
The Panthers followed, tipping off at 7:30pm. The Panthers got off to a hot scoring start as they led 14-11 at the end of Q1. The Panthers were led by Allison who scored 7 in the first.
The Panthers separated themselves over the course of Q2 as they led 38-26 at the half. Baggett led UC scorers in the second with 9 points.
Cra. Colwell went down with an injury with :02 left to play in the half as he got pushed down on the Indians inbound. He is believed to have a grade 2 LCL sprain. His status is uncertain for the next game.
Can. Colwell opened Q3 with 6 straight points himself to lead UC with 8 points in the quarter as The Panthers led 52-42 at the end of Q3.
Drake and Bagget led Panther scorers with 4 each in Q4. Drake fouled out with just under 3:00 left to play. The Panthers went on to win 66-58.
The Panthers were led by Allison 16 and Drake 13. The Panthers improve to 16-7 and 5-6 in region play. The Panthers next game will be against Dawson County Fri, Feb 2. It will be senior night as well. Senior night starts at 6pm.
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Friday Jan 26th played East Hall and off in a 7-AAA matchup. The Lady Panthers looked to sweep the Lady Vikings in the regular season.
The Lady Panthers used a strong 2nd quarter as teams went back to back. There were 6 lead changes as the Lady Panthers led by as many as 9 to gain the lead 26-21. The Lady Panthers were led by Daniel who scored 9 in the first half.
Mccarter led the Lady Panthers with 8 points in Q3 and a 2 at the buzzer to give UC the lead 43-41. The Lady Vikings were led by Winters, she scored 12 points in Q3.
Hill led all Lady Panther scorers with 4 in the 4th as A. Dockrey fouls out with 4:32 left to play. The Lady Panthers won 61-53.
Senior Bailey Daniel led all Lady Panther scorers with 20 points. Hill and B. Dockrey followed with 8 points.
The Lady Panthers next game will be Tues. Jan 30th @ Lumpkin County to play the Indians in a region 7-AAA matchup.
The Panthers followed by tipping off at 8:30. The Panthers looked to even the season series after falling the first time 77-61.
The Panthers got off to one of the coldest and most difficult first quarters they’d seen all season as they trailed 17-3 at the end of Q1.
UC faced a tough task but battled through to score 7 unanswered points going into the half trailing 30-20. The Panthers were led by Allison who had 5 points in Q2.
The Panthers opened the half on a 10-2 run to cut the m deficit 32-30. The Panthers rallied behind Allison’s 8 points to grab the lead late in Q3 43-39.
The Panthers took advantage of a couple fouls and a technical to score 6 straight free throw attempts to open Q4. The Vikings rallied back to tie it up at 47 with 3:29 left in regulation. East Hall capitalized on UC’s mistakes in the last few minutes of play as the Panthers were called for 2 charges and 2 travels in the final 3:00. The Vikings grabbed the lead 51-49 with ::47 left.
The Vikings would go on to win 55-49 as they complete the season sweep over the Panthers. UC falls ro 15-7 and 4-6 in region 7-AAA.
The Panthers next game will be Tues. Jan 30th @ Lumpkin County to play the Indians in a region 7-AAA matchup.
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Friday Jan 19th despite no school due to the weather Union county traveled to GAC to face off in a 7-AAA matchup. The Lady Panthers were a little rusty having not played in a week due to game cancellations. The Lady Panthers got off to a slow start against the #1 team in the state.
UC trialed 7-18 at the end of Q1. The Lady Panthers were led by senior Bailey Daniel with 5 points, GAC was led by Sutton with 7. The Lady Panthers trailed at the half 21-34. Daniel led the panthers with 10, Sutton led the Lady Spartans with 15.
Turner led GAC in the 3rd with 13 points to extend the lead the Lady Panthers. UC was led by Mccarter’s 6 points. The Lady Panthers were on the wrong end of a 12-1 run to end Q3 37-55.
The final score was 53-64. Senior Bailey Daniel led all Lady Panthers with 25 points, 15 of which came in the second half. Brooke Dockrey scored 11 and Kait Mccarter scored 11 and had 9’rebounds. The Lady Panthers fall to 12-6 and 4-3 in region play. The Lady Panthers will play Andrews NC, Saturday Jan 20th.
The Panthers followed the Lady Panthers tipping off at 6. The Panthers got off to a slow start against the #4 team in the state. UC trailed 29-8 at the end of Q1. Patrick Baggett scored all 8 points for the Panthers in the first quarter.
The Panthers were on the wrong side of a 13-1 run to begin Q2 to trail 50-15 at the half. Pierson Allison led UC scorers with 6 points. The Panthers were in a hole that they would never get out of as they trailed 65-26 at the end of Q3. The final score was 75-31.
Pierson Allison led all UC scorers with 12 followed by Baggett with 11. The Panthers fall to 13-5 and 3-4 in region play. The Panthers next game will be home against Andrews NC.
Tuesday, Jan 24th the Union County Panthers hosted the North Hall Trojans in a region 7-AAA matchup. The Lady Panthers tipped off at 6. The Panthers followed at 7:30.
Both teams had shots to improve where they stood in the region. The Lady Panthers came into the game 4-5 in region play sitting at 4th place.
The Panthers came into the game 4-5 in region play and were 4th. The Lady Panthers got off to a quick start as they led 18-14 at the end of Q1 led by Mccarter 7. The Lady Trojans got off to a 11-0 run to open the 2Q.
The Lady Panthers scored 6 unanswered points going into the half to tie the game at 25.
A slow Q3 put the Lady Panthers in a tough spot to try to regain the lead as the Lady Panthers scored only 8 in the 3rd to fall behind 45-33.
Guards Brooke Dockrey and Bailey Daniel both fouled out early in Q4 as the Lady Trojans scored 10 points in the finals 2:00 to put the game away. The lady Panthers fall 57-47 to fall to 13-8 and 4-5 in region play.
The Lady Panthers have a 1 game lead of the 5th placed Trojans in the region as they sit in 4th place. The Lady Panthers will host the East Hall VIkings Friday, Jan 26th.
The Panthers followed the Lady Panthers.
The Panthers trailed 7-2 early but led 11-9 at the end of Q1.
UC scored 15 unanswered to open Q2. The Panthers led 29-20 at the half. Drake and Craw. Colwell led UC with 4 points each in Q3 as UC extended the lead 42-31.
A hot Q4 of shooting extended the lead as UC goes on to win 55-42 as Bagget goes 3-3 from 3 in the final 4:00. UC was led by Allison with 13, Bagget and Craw. Colwell score 11.
UC improves to 15-6 and 4-5 in region play. UC will host East Hall Friday, Jan. 26th.
Saturday, Jan 20th Union County faced off against Andrews NC in a non region matchup. The Lady Panthers were in for a battle early on as they led 16-10 at the end of Q1 led by sophomore center #30 Kait Mccarter as she had 8.
The Lady Panthers extended the lead to 28-17 led by Mccarter’s 5 points. The Lady Panthers used a huge 3rd quarter from sophomore forward #14 Andelin Hill as she scored 13 to extend the lead 47-31.
The Lady Panthers finished with a score of 69-35. Mccarter led all scorers with 18 points followed by Hill 15 and B. Dockrey 11.
UC improves to 13-7. The Lady Panthers will resume region play Tuesday, Jan 22 against North Hall.
The Panthers followed the Lady Panthers tipping off @7. UC looked to end the 4 game loosing streak as sophomore Sawyer Drake returned. The Panthers got off to a slow start as they trailed 10-9 at the end of Q1.
As sophomore Sawyer Drake returned to the court after missing 2 weeks to a knee injury, leading UC with 7 points off the bench including a blocked shot late in the 2Q that sparked a 10-0 run to close the half. To lead 22-19.
The Panthers got off to a slow start after the half but continued to lead 34-31 led by Drake 5 points. UC got in rhythm and dominated the 4th quarter by opening on a 16-1 run. The Panthers won 50-32 led by Drake 15 and Baggett 11. UC improves to 14-6.
The Panthers will also resume region play Tuesday against North Hall.