Host Union Local held off a late charge by visiting St. Clairsville utilizing some late foul shooting to preserve a 51-43 Monday night win in the Hanger at Morristown.
Both squads would get off to a slow start but the Jets would rally to take a 13-3 lead early in the second quarter. The Red Devils would go on a 5-0 run just before the half and trail 13-10 going into the break.
"We are still coming together," said Union Local head coach Drew Greenwood. "We had a couple of key injuries and that made us step back and re-evaluate what we were doing."
St. Clairsville’s Carlee Gillespie defends the corner as Union Local’s Dallas Montag attempts to drive towards the bucket Monday night in Morrsitown. Montag paced the Jets with 19 points as the defeated the Red Devils 51-43. Additional images may be found at cu.timesleaderonline.com
The two squads would come out after the intermission and both would surpass their first half totals in the third quarter as the Jets used the trey with Cori Medley draining a pair from outside the arc as she put in ten points to lead the hosts to a 22-point quarter total.
The Red Devils countered with 14 third quarter points but found themselves on the short end of a 35-24 lighting heading into the final frame.
St. Clairsville was not ready to concede the contest and used a full court press to force some turnovers and get back into the contest narrowing the gap to just 3 points with just 2 minutes left in regulation.
The Jets' foul shooting would hold off the Red Devils as Dallas Montag would net both ends of a one-and-one. Kayla Doty followed her to the line and duplicated the performance. Carli Stiles made the front end of her bonus shots to make it 46-41 and Medley iced the deal with her 4-4 outing at the charity stripe to clinch the win capping the 10-13 fourth quarter total.
"We have come a long way and we still have a lot of growing to do," Greenwood said of his Jets. "Emotionally, I think this was a step up for us tonight."
The Red Devils outscored their hosts in the final frame 19-16 and would make good on 6 of 8 fourth quarter foul shooting.
"If we would have played (like that) the whole game we would have won," said St. Clairsville head coach Alicia Freeman. "We have to be ready to play and we have to want to play for 4 quarters.
"Give Union Local credit, they did things well when they were up, they hit some shots when they had to," Freeman added. "We had way too may turnovers and did not take advantage of our opportunities. But we will eventually realize that we are a good team."
The Jets were led by Montag and Medley with 19 points apiece. Union Local was 16 of 41 on action shots for 41 percent efficiency.
Lauren Figura was the only Red Devils' player in double figures, scoring 11 markers. St. Clairsville shot 16 of 33 action shots, making 48 percent.
Union Local improves to 2-2 and will travel to Edison Thursday. The Red Devils fall to 0-2 and will look for their fist win on Thursday as they host Harrison Central.
The Jets jayvees won Monday's opener, 31-24.
UNION LOCAL (51) Montag 6, 3-3 19; Medley 4, 8-8 19; Collins 1, 1-2 3; Stiles 1, 1-2 3; Patton 2, 0-0 4; Doty 0, 3-7 3; Totals: 14, 16-22. ST. CLAIRSVILLE (39) - Mick 2, 1-2 7; Gillespie 3, 2-4 8; DeFillippo 1, 1-1 3; St. Clair 2, 0-1 4; DelGuzzo 2, 2-2 6; Avila 2, 0-0 4; Moulder 0, 0-0 0; Figura 4, 3-3 11 Totals: 16, 9-13 43.
Three-Point Goals: UL Medley (3), Montag (2). St. C Mick (2).