Union Local Blasts Huskies
CADIZ — Union Local has shown time and time again this season that offense is a strength.
Monday night against Harrison Central, the Jets showed they can play some defense, too.
That was proven by the fact that Union Local forced more turnovers (30) than it allowed points in the 73-22 romp.
“I was really proud of the way we played defense,” UL head coach Rob Barr said. “I told them the only thing I like better than 101 points and that’s what they did on defense because giving up 22 points to (Harrison Central) is yeoman’s work.”
The Jets did what they do. They asserted themselves early with the press, controlled the glass and they were especially impressive in securing all of the 50-50 balls, which led to countless extra possessions.
“Harrison scored 50 on us at home, but the girls really came out and played hard,” Barr said. “And sometimes (playing hard for an entire game) can be hard in a blowout.”
The game was never really in doubt. The Jets (5-1) soared to an 18-9 lead after one and upped the margin to 41-15 at the half. Despite playing short handed and dressing only eight players, the Jets substituted freely in the fourth and still held the Huskies scoreless.
“I think we may have not only had more turnovers than points, but I am guessing we had more turnovers than shot attempts and no matter who you play that’s a bad recipe,” Harrison Central head coach Nick Yourkovich said. ”
While in the Jets defense, the guards get much of the acclaim because of the turnovers the top of the press can force, Yourkovich applauded the performance of sophomore Reagan Vinskovich, who scored 24 points, graded 14 rebounds, blocked five shots and had three steals herself.
“I thought Vinskovich was dominant defensively,” Yourkovich said. “She controlled the glass, got in the way, altered a ton of shots and just really affected us defensively.”
While Vinskovich single handedly outscored the the Huskies, she had plenty of help from her teammates. Classmate Torre Kildow continued her fine play, pumping in 22 points. Senior Case Kildow finished with 10 for the Jets, who played without Hannah Merritt.
Harrison Central (5-4) failed to produce a double-figure scorer. McKayla Dunkle had seven and Britton Positano had six.
Kiger Nets 1,000th Point
EAST LIVERPOOL — Kylie Kiger became the fourth girl in Indian Creek history to net 1,000 career points and she did so with a nine-point performance to help lead Indian Creek past East Liverpool 59-15.
Taylor Jones scored 18 for the Redskins and Hailey Clark added 10.
Martins Ferry 42
St. Clairsville 40
MARTINS FERRY — Ella McFarland drove to the bucket and delivered the game-winning shot late in the game to lift the Purple Riders over the Red Devils.
Allarah Jones turned in 17 points for Ferry, while Shae Brookover also netted 17 for St. Clairsville.
Monroe Central 47
BARNESVILLE — Kynzi Bishop charted 19 points and 18 rebounds as Monroe Central upended Barnesville.
Haylyn Hiles tallied nine points and eight boards in the win, while Kalista Friday also chipped in with nine points.
Barnesville Anna Yater led the way with 11 points.
STEUBENVILLE — Gentry Brown turned in a team-high 14 points to lead the Tigers past Big Red.
Senior Tory Hendershot contributed 10 points in the victory.