Mat Mikesell

Beyond the Boxscore: Revenge was on Unity's minds

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Feb. 13, 2017 10:00 pm Updated: Feb. 13, 2017 10:39 pm

LEWISTOWN, Ill. -- A chance to win the first sectional game in school history gave the Unity girls basketball team plenty of motivation.

Doing it against the team that ended their season a year ago gave them even more.

Brimfield beat Unity 69-59 in last season's sectional semifinal in Brimfield.

"That left a sour taste in our mouths last year," senior forward Jordan Hildbrand said. "Revenge was on my mind. I know it was for me, and I'm sure it was on the other girl's minds. It didn't sit very well."

Unity secured a 55-43 victory on Monday night in the Class 1A Lewistown Sectional for the program's first victory in a sectional tournament in four tries. Unity won regional titles in 2008, 2013 and 2016.

Bench plays key role

Unity coach Brad Begeman gives his bench players the green light to shoot when they're in the game.

That worked in the Mustangs' favor against Brimfield.

Unity got 20 bench points in the victory. Kuhn led with 11 while senior guard Claire Rabe had nine. Two of Rabe's points came in the fourth quarter on a layin off an inbounds to put Unity's lead back in double digits with 4 minutes, 31 seconds to play.

"We all know our roles on the team," Rabe said. "We just do what we're capable of doing."

Freshman Addi Eger also came off the bench to give what Begeman said were key minutes.

The Mustangs aren't deep, so when the bench can produce, it's something they're proud of.

"We're all interchangeable, and we do our job," Rabe said. "We just do our own thing."