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Monroe Central Returns to Floor in Winning Fashion

CONNORVILLE — Monroe Central returned to action for the first time in upwards of 10 days and Troy Baker wasn’t really concerned with how his team played, per se.

The veteran Seminoles girls basketball coach was just happy to see his team back on the floor. The 56-29 victory against Buckeye Local was totally secondary.

Monroe Central wasn’t on pause due to COVID-19 issues. Along with the obvious Christmas holiday, the Seminoles have been away from action after some members of their program were involved in a serious automobile accident on Dec. 18.

“I think we had one practice since our last game (on Dec. 14), so it’s been difficult,” Baker said. “We have a lot of people in different roles and places.”

Baker wanted to keep the game with the Panthers as scheduled despite being shorthanded because he believed the opportunity to play may be therapeutic for his club.

“I thought our tenacity and effort at the beginning (of the game) was good, but I thought we could have done a better job in the second half,” Baker said. “But, it was challenging.”

The Seminoles aren’t scheduled to play again until Jan. 4 at Barnesville, but Baker didn’t close the door to adding a game for this weekend.

The Seminoles were down as many as four regular contributors, two of whom are usual starters, for the game with the Panthers.

One of those — Trista Morris — was involved in the accident and is currently recovering at home with serious injuries.

“She’s home and doing alright, but we’re not sure if we’re going to get her back (this season),” Baker admitted. “She’s one of those kids who plays so hard that she would almost have to be 100% before I would put her back on the floor.”

The other absent players didn’t make the trip to Jefferson County because of quarantine issues.

“With the accident and COVID on top of that, it’s challenging, but everyone involved, from what I am hearing, is doing okay,” Baker said.

On the floor, the Seminoles, who played five players for the majority of the game, raced out to a 15-0 lead and really never looked back.

Kalista Friday had 17 points, nine rebounds, eight steals and handed out four assists.

Union Local 101

Barnesville 17

MORRISTOWN – The Jets celebrated Senior Night in grand fashion Monday, posting a 101-17 victory against rival Barnesville.

The Jets soared to a 29-5 lead after one and never slowed down, scoring no fewer than 24 points in any quarter of the game.

Union Local was led by sophomore dandy Torre Kildow, who pumped in 32 points. Junior Hannah Merritt added 15, while senior Casey Kildow added 19. Sophomore Reagan Vinskovich – the leading scorer in the area – finished with 16 in the balanced effort.

Barnesville was led by Halley Markovich’s eight.

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