Union Local Starts Strong, Downs John Marshall
MORRISTOWN–There was no sign of rust from the sharpshooters of Union Local on Friday night inside “The Hangar.”
The Jets outscored the Monarchs, 20-8, in the opening quarter behind four 3-pointers en route to a 61-51 victory, following its week-long Christmas break.
“We talked about that in pregame and in practice (Thursday),” Union Local coach Zach Delman said. “Being in the Christmas break mindset and being out of our routine can make it easy to come out and go through the motions and not be locked in. So, we made that a point of emphasis and I thought they did a nice job of coming out and playing well in the first half.”
In the opening stanza, the Kildow brothers, Ty and Cal, each drained a pair of treys to build momentum for Union Local, making a deep hole for coach Chad Clutter and his Monarchs to climb out of.
“Those two (Ty and Cal Kildow) did a really nice job out there (Friday),” Clutter said. “Hats off to them.
“We had a little spark in the second half but we just didn’t play 32 minutes of ball yet, but we will get there.”
Cal Kildow netted 10 of the Jets’ 20 first-quarter points and the hosts kept the advantage throughout the second quarter, taking a 32-19 edge into the locker rooms.
Delman’s squad opened the second half on a 9-4 run to soften the cushion at 41-23 but John Marshall had plenty of fight left.
The Monarchs strung together a 15-3 run, which included a 9-0 run to end the third quarter and cut the deficit to just 44-38 going into the final frame.
In the third quarter, Clutter’s crew was led by the duo of Bryce Yoho under the boards and the talented Gunner Thompson.
“Yoho really had the advantage inside,” Clutter said. “We just didn’t get him the touches that he needed in the timely manner that we needed but he really went to work and had a really nice game.”
Yoho bucketed eight points and gathered four rebounds in the third, while Thompson tallied seven points.
“Credit them because they did a nice job of exploiting us inside a little bit there,” Delman said. “(Yoho) is a handful in there and we tried to put a lot of pressure on (Thompson) to take his looks away and (Yoho) stepped up and made some big buckets for them and kept them in the game.”
Despite the solid run put together by the Monarchs, the Jets answered back with a 6-0 run to kick off the fourth quarter and stretch the lead to 50-38.
The resilient Monarchs continued to battle as Justin Frohnapfel delivered a 3-point play on a layup and a foul and Thompson followed with a steal and a quick bucket to close the gap to 53-47 with just 1:50 remaining.
Down the stretch it was Ty Kildow who provided the final blow with five free-throws from the free-throw line to clinch the season’s eighth victory for the Jets.
“We were getting good looks in the third quarter but we weren’t making shots that we normally would make,” Delman said. “We went a little cold and got in a little bit of a funk there but we did a good job of coming back, extending the lead to double digits and getting some stops to put the game away.”
The Jets were led by Ty Kildow with 21 points and Cal Kildow with 20.
“We just have five guys who have been playing together since fourth grade,” Delman said. “We really stress ball movement and taking high percentage shots in practice. Pass up a good shot and you might be able to get a great one later. Just being patient and unselfish and not caring about who scores.
“That is what is great about these kids. They don’t care who scores. They just want to win the game and that makes it a joy to coach kids like that.”
Yoho paced the Monarchs with a double-double that included 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Thompson finished with 15 points.
“We played a lot better defensively in the second half than we did in the first,” Clutter said. “Just because they didn’t make as many shots in the second half.
“We won’t give up. There is no doubt in my mind that if we can just play a little bit smarter and just have a few more things go our way in a game, we are going to surprise some people. Until that happens, these are all 50/50 games.”
Valley 78, Paden City 55
PINE GROVE–Levi Streets lit up the nets with 21 points to lead Valley over visiting Paden City.
Tyler Kocher aided his teammate with 14 points and Peyton Bassett turned in 12. Avery Kinkade and Jacob Anderson each netted 10 in the win.
Garrett Cross paced the Wildcats with 17 and Matt Saxson added 11.
Tyler Consolidated 73
St. Marys 58
SISTERSVILLE–Griffin Phillips couldn’t miss as he accumulated 29 points to lead Tyler Consolidated past visiting St. Marys.
Tyler West added 13 in the win.
West Greene 62, Hundred 49
HUNDRED–Hundred fell to visiting West Greene but Travis McCoy delivered a double-double with 25 points and 17 rebounds for the Hornets.
Skylar Goff also reached double figures with 10 points.
Barnesville 72, Buckeye Local 63
BARNESVILLE–The Shamrocks withstood a 38-point outburst by the Panthers’ Drake Novak in winning on their home boards.
Luke Powell netted 22 points, Tate Dowler added 19 and Aaron Marovich scored 15 for Barnesville.
Novak scored 20 of his team’s 22 third-quarter points, but it wasn’t enough. Jeremiah Seaman added a dozen, all coming on 3-pointers.
Tipton Rosemark, Tenn. 41
DAYTONA BEACH — Courtney Walker drained a game-winning 3-pointer with eight seconds left as Cameron was victorious in the Sunshine Classic.
Kelsie Meintel led all scorers with 17 points, while Jordyn Hughes chipped in with 11 points for the Dragons (8-1).
Sunbright, Tenn. 46
ORLANDO, Fla. — Shadyside advanced to the championship game of the KSA Events Holiday Tournament at Disney World with a victory over Sunbright, Tn., in the Green Bracket semifinals.
The Tigers (8-1) play Cascia Hall Prep (OK) in the finals today at 11 a.m. Cascia Hall Prep defeated Trinity Christian from Morgantown, 48-34, in its semi.
Jess Cicogna scored 14 points to lead Shadyside. Jaycee Mayeres added 13 and Tory Hendershot 10. Baylee Wach contributed eight.
Oak Glen 47, Wellsville 42
WELLSVILLE–Alexa Andrews buried five field goals and finished with 15 points to lead the Golden Bears over host Wellsville.
Taylor Jackson added 10 in a win.