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Jets Cruise By Seminoles

File Photo by Kristin Mazgaj Union Local sophomore Reagan Vinskovich works the ball up the floor following a rebound.

MORRISTOWN — It was just another night at the office for the Union Local girls basketball team.

The Jets soared out to an 11-0 lead against Monroe Central and never looked back, cruising to an easy 59-33 win Monday evening inside ‘The Hangar.’

Union Local (13-2) actually began each quarter with a spurt, which led to the Jets pulling off their pressure early and standing most of the game in its trademark zone.

“I think the game got boring once we pulled the press off,” Union Local coach Rob Barr said. “It always does in games like these. Once we pull back, the game kind of gets blah to us, but I was happy with how hard we played on defense.”

The Jets led, 18-6, after one and 41-15 at halftime. At the final stop, the scoreboard favored the Jets, 49-20. In the third, the Seminoles struggled to find shots against the Jets’ zone. On the opening possession of the half, Monroe literally passed the ball for more than two minutes before getting a good look at the rim.

“I felt like our girls quit playing hard,” Monroe coach Troy Baker said. “Union Local was up 30 points and they were playing harder than we were. That was disappointing because I thought we had more heart than that.”

While the Jets are a truly a balanced-scoring team and were again against the Seminoles, it was senior Casey Kildow’s night to shine, however.

The pass-first point guard found herself on fire in the first half when she knocked down three bonus goals and tallied all 19 of her game-high production in the opening 16 minutes.

“Casey had a huge night,” Barr said. “I don’t think I’ve seen her shoot that much in an entire game, let alone just the first half. Everything she shot went in. She’s capable of doing that. She’s just such an unselfish player and there are times when I wished she took it upon herself like that every night, but Casey does what Casey does. The open shots were there and she knocked them down.”

While the elder Kildow led the way, she was by no means alone.

Talented sophomore post Reagan Vinskovich finished with 15 points and came up two rebounds shy of a double-double. She didn’t log nearly as many minutes as normal in the second half as Barr substituted freely.

Sophomore ace Torre Kildow added 13 points for the Jets.

“Their speed killed us,” Baker said. “Most of the time they beat us down the floor. The same thing as the first time we played them, if they did miss, they got the rebound and put it back in. They’re a good team and they have a lot of speed, size and everything you need in a basketball game (to be successful), but at the same time, I thought we made it too easy for them.”

The Seminoles (9-4) were once again led by junior point guard Kalista Friday, who continues her assault on the 1,000-point mark. She pumped in 16 points. No other Seminole player posted more than five.

Shadyside 43, Bellaire 23

SHADYSIDE — Homesteading Shadyside completed the season sweep of Bellaire.

The Tigers found themselves trailing after one period, but proceeded to outscore the Big Reds by 23 over the next 24 minutes.

Shadyside was led by senior standout Baylee Wach, who continued her impressive campaign. She pumped in 18 points to lead all scorers. Sophomore Gentry Brown was next in line for the Orange with eight.

Bellaire, meanwhile, was led by freshman Alli Ault, who hit three bonus goals for nine.

Martins Ferry 53, Steubenville 45

MARTINS FERRY — The resurgent Purple Riders claimed their fourth consecutive victory toppling Big Red.

Steubenville led, 35-29 after three, but the Riders received a huge final quarter from junior standout Maria Clark, who scored 12 of her game-high 17 in the chapter.

While she led the Riders, Allarah Jones added 15 and Eve Agnew netted 11.

Steubenville was paced by Makayla Abram’s 19 and Kylie Powell’s 17.

Barnesville 72, Bridgeport 28

BARNESVILLE — Senior Rylee Stephens had herself an evening to remember.

Stephens connected on a single-game school record, eight, 3-point goals in the Shamrocks big win over the Bulldogs. All told, Stephens finished with 30 points.

Barnesville also received 15 points from Ellie Thompson and 13 from Halle Markovich.

The Bulldogs were led by Bailey Dyson’s 10 points.

Frontier 39, River 38

HANNIBAL — River’s return to action after a two-week pause was spoiled by invading Frontier.

The Cougars outscored the Pilots, 16-9 in the fourth to pull out the victory.

Grace Knowlton led Frontier with 13 points.

The Pilots received 14 points from Hannah Raper and 11 from Kelsey Harlan.

Steubenville Catholic 49, Buckeye Local 44

RAYLAND — Katie Zatta paced Steubenville Catholic in scoring with 27 points in a victory over Buckeye Local.

Megan Valuska had a team-high 15 points for the Panthers while Landyn Walker delivered 11.

BOYS

Steubenville Catholic 44, Edison 26

RICHMOND — Andrew Dorsey led Steubenville Catholic with 11 points and five rebounds in a victory over Edison.

Anthony Venditti was also solid for the Crusaders as he tallied 10 points.

For the Wildcats, Owen Howell scored a game-high 12 points on four 3-pointers.

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