By David Paulsen

SPORTS CORRESPONDENT

When a team shoots just over 25 percent from the floor, it becomes tough to win basketball games. Such was the case for the Union Grove High School girls’ basketball team in a 71-65 loss to Racine Park Dec. 22.

In the loss, the Bronco girls made just 21 of 80 from the floor. That included just six of 34 from three-point range.

“We missed 59 shots,” head coach Rob Domagalski said. “What that created was long rebounds and easier scores for Racine Park.”

While unhappy with giving up 71 points, Domagalski noted it’s hard to play tough defense when the opposing team gets long rebounds.

The non-conference loss dropped the Broncos to 3-4 overall. Park is also 3-4.

Union Grove started out the game strong, doubling up Park in the first quarter to take a 16-8 lead.

The Broncos built the lead to 25-16 about halfway through the second quarter, but Park outscored them 18-4 the final four minutes of the period to take a 34-29 lead into the half.

“We lost our composure a little bit,” Domagalski noted.

Racine Park maintained the five-point lead after three quarters – 51-46 – and led by 10 in the fourth before Union Grove rallied.

The Bronco girls tied the score with a minute to go in the game, but then failed to get a defensive rebound off a Park missed free throw. Instead, Park got the offensive rebound, scored and was fouled. After making the free throw, Park led by three.

The Broncos had three players in double figures, led by Alyssa Acker with 19. Megan Lee added 15 and Jo Wilks 13.

In addition to her 15 points, Lee, a senior guard, set a school record by getting 20 rebounds in this game. The previous record was 15.

“She’s 5-feet-6, so she did that with all hustle,” Domagalski said.

In spite of the loss, Domagalski said he’s team has been getting better.

“That’s all I can ask for,” he added.