By TODD LAMBERTH
Gallatin paid tribute to Union High School for Tuesday night’s games against Hendersonville and rebranded as the Red Devilettes and Red Devils for two big wins.
Union’s girls picked up their second district 9-AAA win on Tuesday night with a 52-40 victory over Hendersonville.
The two sides played it close in the first half as the Lady Commandos (14-12, 5-8) held a 22-21 lead at the half.
Union (10-14, 2-11) came out hot in the second half, going on an 11-0 run on their way to taking a 38-28 lead into the final frame. The Red Devilettes were able to hold on for the win as they shot 9-12 from the free throw line down the stretch.
Senior LaMonica Mintlow led the way for Union with 18 points in the win.
On the other side, Hartley Hines led Hendersonville with 13 points.
Hendersonville (40): Hartley Hines (13), Chelsey Burton (12), Kierra Phillips (6), Brooke Long (4), Laney Perry (3), Jordan Phillips (2)
Union (52): LaMonica Mintlow (18), Jo’Neca Talley (10), Jeremia Montgomery (9), Makayla Wright (8), Andrea McDowell (4), Veronica Varoz (2), Talor Crenshaw (1)
Things played out evenly for much of the boy’s game, but the Red Devils were able to hold on for the 63-56 victory.
Despite going 3-12 from behind the arc in the first half, Union (22-5, 10-3) was able to stay in it and go into the half down by just two.
The Red Devils came out firing in the second half thanks to two three balls from senior Zool Kueth and Union took a 38-32 lead early in the half. Hendersonville (12-10, 7-6) came roaring back, however, to retake a two point lead and would go into the final quarter up 40-39.
An Octavian Arnold three ball gave Union the lead back with five minutes remaining and the Red Devils wouldn’t give the lead up after that.
Union pulled away with a five point possession as Hendersonville was assessed a technical and the Red Devils came away from it with a 53-45 lead. The Red Devils sealed the win going 10-11 from the free throw line down the stretch for the seven point win.
Kueth led the way for the Red Devils with 24 points in the win.
Zach Morris and Noah Taylor led the offense for the Commandos with 16 and 15, respectively.
Hendersonville (56): Zach Morris (16), Noah Taylor (15), Cooper Smith (11), Derek Kincaid (8), Drew Hokenbrink (4), Cam Stevens (2)
Union (63): Zool Kueth (24), Zyun Mason (17), Octavian Arnold (9), Collin Minor (8), Larodre Clark (3), Maison Terrell (2)
Both schools finish their regular seasons at home on Friday night as Hendersonville plays host to Beech and Gallatin welcomes Station Camp. Both games are set to tip-off at 6:30.