The season is only halfway over for the Unity Christian girls’ basketball team, but it’s been a good one so far for the Lady Lions. In fact, it’s been perfect.
Unity Christian has gone 8-0 in the regular season and improved its region record to 2-0 on Tuesday as the Lady Lions established a lead early and held back Shiloh Hills Christian to win 43-27.
Head coach Melanie Thornbury said she has seen her team find ways to win and keep the momentum they picked up in the offseason going through some tough contests.
“This is my first year as their coach and to be undefeated is indescribable, but it doesn’t surprise me because these girls have worked so hard ever since August,” Thornbury said. “We’re undefeated because they worked for it.”
Senior Keri Glass led Unity with 13 points, while fellow senior Chanceley Book added eight, as did Alli Hardwell. Maggie Whitehead contributed with seven assists.
A low-scoring affair, Unity led the GICAA Division 1-A North Region game 21-12 at the half and outscored its opponents 10-3 in the third quarter. Shiloh Hills managed to push early in the fourth quarter to get within nine of the lead, but the Lady Lions ended the game on a 7-0 run.
“The biggest thing I want the girls to do is play consistently all four quarters, and that’s what they did,” Thornbury said. “We scored in double digits in all four quarters, and we were able to make sure we stayed ahead in the final period.”
Shiloh Hills boys 59, Unity 50
Unity Christian’s boys’ put up a fight with the leading team in its region, but troublesome third quarter gave Shiloh Hills the breathing room it needed to hand the Lions a 59-50 loss on Tuesday.
Down 23-21 at the half, Unity fell into foul trouble and turnovers during the third period to fall behind 37-30. Josiah Petro and Eli Wells tried to pull the Lions up in the final eight minutes but fell short.
“I’m proud of our intensity and that we never stopped fighting,” Unity coach Matt Claytor said. “That is the No. 1 team in our region and a state championship is going to go through them, so it was good to see us be right there with them.”
Petro led the Lions (9-4, 1-2) with 12 points while Wells finished with 10. Graham Wisener had three 3-pointers as he scored 10 points, and Huston Bryant has a pair of treys in the second on his way to 10 as well.
Both Unity Christian teams host Killian Hills Christian on Friday.