Jets Cook Up Special Recipe to Down Rocks

Union Local girls soar past rival Barnesville

MORRISTOWN — After dropping a five-point decision to Monroe Central on Wednesday, Union Local coach Rob Barr knew it was imperative his squad get back in a winning mode Thursday night against rival Barnesville in the battle for the “Milk Bottle Award.”

Not only was dairy at stake, but so was a possible spot in the Wheeling Hospital OVAC Class 4A Tournament. Union Local entered play in a dogfight with Magnolia for the fourth, and final, spot. And with the cutoff looming Monday, Barr was looking for a big night from his seniors, who were hitting the floor in “The Hangar” for Senior Night.

Two of them — Hannah Porter and Emilee Robb — scored in double figures, anchoring a 64-29 girls’ basketball triumph.

The Jets (9-7) led 10-8 after the first quarter, but outscored the Shamrocks (5-11) 23-6 in the second and, from there, the contest was never in doubt.

“We played very well,” Barr said. “We didn’t played well (Wednesday night). That’s the nice thing about playing a back-to-back, we didn’t have a lot of time to think about (that) loss.”

Porter and Robb scored 12 and 10 points, respectively. However, a pair of underclassmen — Keira Gregor and Casey Kildow — led the Jets. Gregor, a freshman, poured in 14 points, while Kildow, a sophomore, had 13.

“We played well on both sides of the ball,” Barr said. “Defense turned into offense.”

Especially in the second quarter.

Time and time again, Union Local turned Barnesville miscues into points. The Jets scored the first seven points of the second. Then, after a Regan Hanlon basket made the score 17-10, UL scored 13 of the next 15 points, making the score 30-12.

The run featured a little bit of everything from the Jets, except a 3. Allison Loase and Kildow took care of the outside, while Robb manned the paint.

“When we move the ball outside and shoot it well, it opens up the inside for us,” Barr said.

It was a successful recipe for the Jets, but one that left a sour taste in the mouths of the Shamrocks. Barnesville coach Jamie Carpenter said that following a successful first quarter his team lost its mojo after not having played for more than a week.

“It’s just frustrating because I think we’re good enough to compete,” he said. “We knew they ran the 1-3-1 or 1-2-2 half-court thing and we worked on it for three days in practice. And when the kids don’t do the simple things you ask them to do — a bounce pass, cut through — it’s like we weren’t here.”

Union Local led by 19 at halftime, 33-14, then by 25 through three. Rylee Stephens scored nine of her team-high 19 points in the third for the Shamrocks.

The Jets started the fourth on a 14-2 run fueled by six points from Gregor.

“I don’t know how many points we scored where the ball never touched the floor,” Barr said. “It was fun to watch. And, we shot the ball well. That’s the way we shoot it in practice. Hopefully, we’ll finish the year that way.”

The Jets play Beaver Local in a Buckeye 8 placement game Saturday before visiting John Marshall on Monday. Barr is just keying in on what his team do and nothing else.

“We have a lot of points we can pick up,” he said. “We’re pretty confident if we play like we did (Thursday).”

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