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Girl's Basketball: Jets Fly by Shamrocks

December 24, 2013
By RICK THORP , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

MORRISTOWN - Even though Christmas is Wednesday, Union Local wasn't in the giving mood Monday night.

The Jets watched Barnesville chip their double-digit lead to six after three quarters. But Union Local finished strong and flew out of 'The Hangar' with a 58-45 girls' high school basketball triumph.

''We're getting a tendency of doing this,'' Jets coach Kelley Hanlon said. ''We have a lead and, for some reason, we decide to take a quarter off.

''We came back and did what we were supposed to do to get the job done.''

The Shamrocks (5-4) trailed by as many as 13 in the second quarter, but started to make a push as the third quarter wound down.

Trailing by 11, Miranda Plumly and Avery Hanlon recorded back-to-back buckets to draw Barnesvile to within seven at 38-31. After the Jets' Mikayla Patton hit one of two free throws to bump the lead back to eight, Avery Hanlon scored again off a nifty feed from Sydney Ralston to make the score 39-33 heading to the fourth period.

The spurt was a long time coming for the Shamrocks, who struggled with missed shots and turnovers in the early going.

''During the first half, I think we were about as flat as you could possibly be,'' Barnesville coach Jamie Carpenter said. ''That's disappointing because it's a rivalry game and I thought we'd be up for this one.

''We were completely flat.''

The momentum the Shamrocks built to end the third period was short-lived as the Jets started the final quarter on a 9-2 run to put the game away.

A Patton free throw, followed by an Abby Collins jumper made the score 42-33. After a Ralston jumper made the score 42-35, Barnesville scored six more points, including four from Amanda Swallie, that made it 48-35.

''We wanted to run thinking they had us in the size department,'' Carpenter said.

''We got the fast break going and the momentum going, but then a turnover here and a missed shot there and it kind of killed our confidence.

''I thought we could play with them, but we went back into a lull in the fourth. We talked (in the locker room) about the the individual things the kids know they have to work on and the things we need to work on collectively as a team. We'll do those.''

Union Local (7-2) started strong, building a 12-4 lead before Carpenter called time out with 2:28 left in the first quarter.

Collins and Alli Delaney both scored off of offensive rebounds early in the second period as the Jets built a 20-12 lead.

The lead grew to 24-14 when Swallie converted a layup off an assist from Kylie Russell.

Along the way, numerous players dented the scorebook for Union Local. Collins led the way with 18, followed by Swallie with 13. Patton and Medley each had eight.

''It's been like that all season,'' Kelley Hanlon said. ''We've had three and four players in double figures all season long. That box-in-one stuff on us always doesn't work because with have multiple players that can score.

''I'm lucky in that way, that's for sure.''

Shayla Markovich poured in a game-high 19 points for the Jets. Avery Hanlon finished with 10.

Monday's game marked the first time Kelley Hanlon coached against Avery Hanlon, her daughter.

''I haven't been nervous for any game until (Monday),'' she said smiling. ''It was fine once the game started. I forgot she was out there.

''There were a few times when I watched her play out there and thought, 'That was pretty good.' ''

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