A tough opening night to the season Thursday for Coach Michael Fraliex and the Hopkins Central Storm. The Storm got off to a slow offensive start against Union County and could never quite recover, as they fell to the Braves 61-51.
Central could only muster 8 points in the opening quarter, as Union County took the early 13-8 lead. Union County would continue to lead by five points as the two teams went to the break at 29-24.
The teams battled fairly even again in the third quarter. The Braves were able to inch out to a 44-36 lead going into the final eight minutes. From there, Union County was able to hold the Storm at bay and pick up the ten point win.
Marcus Eaves paced Hopkins Central with 19 points. Trevor Weldon added 12 more in the loss.
Union County was led by Kaleb Kanipe with 15 points.
Hopkins Central fall to 0-1 and is set to be back in action Tuesday night for their home opener against Webster County.
Union County improves to 2-0 on the season and will the road Saturday to take on Crittenden County.
Hopkins Cent — 8 16 12 15 — 51
Union County — 13 16 15 17 — 61
Hopkins Central (0-1) – Eaves 19, Weldon 12, Jones 9, Morris 5, Hall 4, Peyton 2
Union County (2-0) – Kanipe 15, Hughes 11, Corbett 9, Manuel 8, Johnson 6, Mackey 4, King 4, Mayes 4