Girls Basketball: Jets Find Fun In Beating Panthers

CONNORVILLE – Union Local girls’ basketball coach Kelley Hanlon has noticed that her team is getting back to having fun.

Thursday’s trip to Buckeye Local High School was more than fun. It was dominant.

The Jets closed the first half on a 14-0 run, opened the second half on another 14-0 spurt and went on for a convincing 83-44 victory.

“I knew it was a lot, but I didn’t realize it was that much,” Hanlon said. “The girls just decided to come out and play. That’s how I know my team when they play like that.”

The Panthers had been on a 12-5 run of their own to begin the second quarter and get within 22-19.

However, the light came on at that point for the Jets.

Whether it was on the defensive end, sharing the ball, finishing in transition, shooting from behind the arc or rebounding, the Jets clicked on all cylinders.

“When the girls play like that … it’s fun,” Hanlon said. “We stopped turning the ball over and I thought we started rebounding the ball much better.”

The Jets, who had five players score in the second quarter, were led by talented senior Cori Medley, who stuffed the stat sheet. She scored eight of her 18 in the second quarter, including a three to end the half that was into NBA range.

Union Local certainly didn’t leave its momentum or energy in the locker room at the half. Amanda Swallie and Mikayla Patton got going in the third as Union Local outscored the Panthers 29-7 in the period.

Buckeye Local didn’t record its first second-half field goal until there was 1:18 to go in the period.

“We’re a lot better team than we showed (Thursday night),” Buckeye Local coach Tom Figurski said. “We’ve shown the last couple of weeks that we’re coming along, but for some reason, we came out flat. We’re much better than we displayed, so we’ve just got to put this one behind us.”

The Jets, who only dress seven players, had five reach double figures and another with nine.

Medley, who had 11 rebounds, four blocks and six assists to go along with her scoring, was complemented by Swallie, who also had 18 points. Patton added 15, while freshman Kaitlynn Clark-Patterson added 11 points and seven rebounds. Alli Delaney added 10.

Buckeye Local was led by sophomore Becky Zeroski and junior Lauren Swiger, who went for 14 and 10, respectively.