Experience should benefit Union; top scorer Ogden returns
Union’s girls’ basketball team was unable to win a basketball game last season. If the Rockets’ showing in the Mid-Eastern Conference Jamboree on Saturday was any indication, that will change this season.
The Rockets put in 18 points in two quarters with a running clock, which is far from shooting lights out, but much more productive. It gives third-year coach Ryan Chiddister some good reason to be optimistic.
“I’m pleased with a lot of things we did at the Jamboree,” the coach said. “There were a lot of positives for us to build on. We were able to put the ball in the bucket a lot better.”
“It’s been kind of a learning curve for us the past couple of years.”
One big reason for the improvement is experience. Leading scorer Danielle Ogden is back to lead the offense, along with Haleigh Allen, MaKayla Burris, Harley Losey, Brenda Foy and guard Autumn Rice. All have played the past two years, and in the case of Burris, the past three years.
Chiddister cited Ogden’s ability to play well in the block, or go out to the perimeter where she can score the ball. He also cited much improved ball handling by Allen.
Rice is a top player and was unable to play in the Jamboree, so that will be an even bigger boost for the Rockets when she returns.
The Rockets will get a big boost from incoming freshman Honour Ellis, who flashed signs of being a good ball handler, scorer and defender.
Chiddister pointed to solid numbers in the junior high, which should bode well for the Rockets in the near future. Last year’s seventh grade Rockets were the Randolph County champions.
“We’re not only surviving here at Union, we’re thriving. The outlook is bright.”
“The good thing about these girls is they always give great effort and are very coachable.”
Union opens the season on Friday at home against Muncie Burris and again at home on Saturday against Indiana Math and Science.