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Christian County’s Amari Brown dribbles the ball in the Lady Colonels’ loss to Union County on Monday night.

Coming off a two-week weather delay, the Christian County Lady Colonels returned to the floor, hosting Union County and beginning the final push toward the postseason.

With what County head coach Kiki Radford hopes to be the final pause of the Lady Colonels’ season behind them, she was hoping to her team bring the energy.

However, The Bravettes spoiled County’s return to the floor, defeating the Lady Colonels 44-38 on Monday night.

“Coming off a week and a half layover, we can’t use that as an excuse,” she said. “We just have to take advantage of the opportunities we have on the court.

“We needed to play this game in order to get that dust off of us so to speak. We knew it was going to be ugly. … I’m more disappointed that we didn’t give that effort throughout the game.”

Radford said you saw the team she wants on the floor at times, but the Lady Colonels will need to put it together for an entire 32 minutes to be successful.

“We just weren’t focused throughout the entire game,” Radford said. “We had some spurts where we were looking like the Lady Colonel basketball team that needs to be out there but we just have to have a full game. We have to play for four full quarters. Anaysia (Bagwell) and (Nevaeh) Day brought the energy. Everyone has to come day in and day out and compete and we didn’t have everyone (Monday night).”

As Radford said, The Lady Colonels had spurts throughout the game where they’d command the game. But when County didn’t have control, Union took advantage.

The Bravettes used two big runs in the first half that allowed them to take a five-point lead into the locker room.

In the second half, the Lady Cols had their largest spurt of the game. Through the end of the third quarter and into the beginning of the fourth, County sparked a 14-2 run to turn a 27-19 deficit into a 33-29 lead midway through the fourth.

“They finally buckled down and played some defense,” she said. “Our offense comes from our defense. When we buckle down and are being aggressive, we’re switching, we’re talking — we’re able to get those steals and get those easy baskets. We came out of the locker room with that energy, but we have to start the game that way.”

But the run ran out of steam late and the Bravettes capitalized.

Union outscored County 15-5 in the final minutes to pull away for the victory.

One bright spot was the two youngsters on Radford’s team.

Both Anaysia Bagwell and Nevaeh Day got the start Monday and both provided the spark. Radford said she needs the rest of the team to feed off of that every time they step on the court.

“It can’t just come from the younger kids,” Radford said. “They were hustling and doing what needed to be done. But if everyone on the court isn’t not playing like that, then we’re not going to be successful.”

County will return to the floor tonight on the road against Greenwood.

UNION COUNTY 44, CHRISTIAN COUNTY 38

UC 14 8 7 15 — 44

CC 10 7 7 14 — 38

UC: Madison Morris 14, Amelia Mackey 11, Tralee Roberson 10, Raelle Beaven 5, Maggie Hibbs 2, Ella Gough 2

CC: Nevaeh Day 10, Reni Shemwell 9, Mikayah Killebrew 5, Sarah Harris 4, Anaysia Bagwell 4, Amari Brown 3, Ashanti Banks 2, Trinity McGee 1

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