A physical Union (Dugger) Bulldogs team got out to an early 15-8 advantage against Clay City on Thursday evening and held off a late challenge to pick up a 55-50 win over the Eels.
The Bulldogs did plenty of their damage at the free throw line, outshooting Clay City 35 to 15 at the line. However, Union hit 22 of their shots while the Eels struggled to just 27 percent shooting (four-of-15) from the charity stripe.
Kelsie Manual got Union going from the start with five of her seven points in the first quarter while Stacey Secrest saved her best for the second quarter with seven of her team-high 15 leading to the break.
Clay City rebounded in the second period as Sarah Kennedy made her presence felt on the interior with an eight point quarter on the way to 13 for the game. Whitney Mc-Williams got going in the second quarter but did most of her 18 point damage in the third quarter with 10 points.
However, the Eels couldn't gain in the late going, missing all four of their fourth quarter free throws.
Mardi Steiner had nine points for the Eels with both Kristin Tyler and Angie Camp adding four apiece for Clay City who were whistled for 27 fouls compared to 17 for Union.
The JV game was won by Clay City 38-18.
The Eels are now 6-4 and will have a break until Jan. 2 when they take on Cloverdale on the road.