Jackets sweep Eagles, hand RWA girls first loss of season

Anna Grey Walters Special to The Herald Independent

January 18, 2014

UNION — The Yellow Jackets of Union County High School sunk their stingers into the RWA Eagles teams Monday in a rematch from earlier this season, handing the RWA Lady Eagles their first loss of the year.

Though fans and community members saw this as a potential road win, since RWA defeated Union at home earlier this season, this time the AAA competition was too steep as the jackets handed the Eagles a 43-38 defeat.

RWA Head coach Jason Haltiwanger attributed the problems on the court to “mental mistakes,” and “…one of the most physical games we’ve played this season.”

Carson Justice topped the RWA scoreboard with 21 points. Jaycie Johnson scored nine and Emily Brigman, Alyssa Atkerson, Bailey Taylor, and Cassidy Branham each added two points a piece.

RWA boys tipped off after the girls team and also fell short in a hard fought game, losing to Union 67-34.

Although the Eagles could not outscore UCHS, senior Mason Gibbons feels that their efforts were all put on the court.

“That was the hardest I’ve played,” Gibbons said. “It was a tough game.”

Joseph Goldin led the Eagles with 11 points. Mitchell Gibbons added eight, while Patrick Pope and Cameron Cooper each contributed five.

The Eagles travel to Spartanburg to take on Oakbrook Prep on Friday.