ST. CLAIRSVILLE - It was business as usual Monday night for the Union Local girls' basketball team.
That meant the opponent - St. Clairsville - was going to face an aggressive, tenacious fullcourt press from the Jets, which is their forte.
Coach Alicia Freeman's Red Devils (2-5) couldn't solve the pressure and committed seven turnovers in the first period alone, many of which Union Local (6-1) converted into baskets, en route to a 51-26 rout on John Jenkins Court.
"We've seen some things that we've been working on that we've improve on, but we also saw some things that kind of dropped off a little bit," Union Local coach Drew Greenwood said.
"We gave up a couple of easy baskets and the people guarding the basket shouldn't let that happen, but when we start getting everyone on the same page, we'll be a little more effective."
Behind that in-your-face defense, the visitors pulled out to a 14-8 lead after one period.
Kayla Doty and Dallas Montag evenly divided a dozen points for the winners in the first quarter, with both being the beneficiaries of some fine floor play by senior Alexus Davis, who charted half of her eight assists and four of her five steals in the quarter.
A 13-4 second quarter ballooned the margin to 27-12 at the half as the Red Devils had 11 turnovers and only six field goals.
"You can't win ball games like that," Freeman said in reference to the turnovers and poor shooting. "Union Local executed their offense and I thought we played pretty well on defense, but we were on defense for a long time."
Montag netted eight of her game-high 17 markers in the third quarter as the advantage grew to 42-24.
St. Clairsville only scored two points in the final chapter.
"I've said before that these girls love to play defense, and they did," Greenwood said
Doty and Cori Medley had 10 points each for UL was in second place in the latest OVAC Class 4-A standings and tied for first in the Buckeye 8 with Edison and Martins Ferry.
Alexis Emrisko led the Red Devils with nine points. Alexis St. Clair chipped in six off the bench.