MORRISTOWN - Score it a trifecta for Mark Romick and his River Pilots.
Ignited by another smoking performance from 6-foot-1 junior gunslinger Brett Price, the Pilots captured a Division IV sectional co-title Saturday night, 61-48, against Caldwell at Union Local High School.
The victory completed a three-game season sweep of Clint Crane's Redskins and elevates Romick's now 16-6 ball club to district play Tuesday night at Meadowbrook High School.
"I'm sure we'll get Hiland but that's all right," a happy Romick proclaimed. "We're a young basketball team. Every step ahead we take is a positive one. If it is Hiland, I know our kids will not back down."
River received a relatively stern test from the Redskins on Saturday before pulling away down the stretch. A 22-19 halftime leader, the Monroe County squad used an exceptional night's work on the boards to go along with Price's sterling 32-point performance.
"Sometimes, you have a tendency to just sit there and watch him play," Romick said of the Pilots' talented backcourt ace. "Brett's been playing well lately, but then so have the rest of our guys."
Including juniors Evan Eggleston and Jordan Indermuhle, River's inside tandem combined to punish the Redskins. Eggleston cleaned up inside for 15 points and eight boards. Indermuhle was an all-night force, collecting a game-leading 14 rebounds to go with six points.
"You can't say enough for the job Jordan and Evan did here tonight," Romick said. "Both of them came up huge."
As did the remainder of the Pilots who connected on an efficient 24 of 41 from the floor. Underneath, River yanked down 34 rebounds compared to but 16 for Caldwell.
The Redskins (8-13), coming off a rousing and unexpected first round KO of Beallsville, received a 20-point output from 6-2 senior Darren Hesson. Sophomore guard Jonathon Wiechman who had burned Beallsville on a 30 point-plus explosion, was limited to two buckets and 10 points before fouling out.
Caldwell went 15 of 43 from the perimeter. Hesson hauled in six rebounds. Turnovers favored River, 18-11.