NEW CASTLE —
The Union High girls basketball team just wanted to reach the postseason.
Last year, the Lady Scots came close, but broke through this season.
Miranda Heaney helped Union reach the WPIAL Class A playoffs as the squad finished tied for second in the 1-A standings. She earned all-section first-team honors. Quigley’s Kristin Jackson and Morgan Dillon, Cornell’s Mason DePetro and Rochester’s Demi McFrazier joined her.
Heaney, a senior, finished fourth in Lawrence County scoring at 12.7 points per game and fourth with 34 3-pointers.
“Miranda had a very good year. She did a lot of really good things for us. She controlled the game for us; she was our point guard and leader on the floor. I am very proud of her for getting on the first team,” Union coach Brian Fadden said. “She’s a very unselfish player and didn’t get notoriety for her abilities because she’d always pass up shots to make extra passes. This year, she stepped up her scoring, but kept getting all the assists she had in the past.”
Union (11-11 overall) finished 8-4 in the section to tie Cornell and Rochester behind section champ Quigley Catholic. The Lady Scots dropped a 45-36 decision to Winchester Thurston in WPIAL first round playoff game.
“One of our goals at the beginning of season was to make the playoffs. We really thought we could make it last year, too. This year, the group came together as a team in the summer. We were able to achieve that and something we were proud of,” Fadden said. “There’s no question we’ll miss Miranda and her sister, Marissa. Overall, we had four seniors that we’ll miss greatly. They were a special class. We have some younger players coming back that have ability and have played some significant minutes, but those are four big voids that need to be filled.”
Section 1-A All-Stars
Mason DePetro, Cornell, Sr.
Kristin Jackson, Quigley, Jr.
Miranda Heaney, Union, Sr.
Morgan Dillon, Quigley, Sr.
Demi McFrazier, Rochester, Soph.