DOVER - Simply put, Union Local ran into a juggernaut Saturday afternoon.
Four days after putting on a defensive clinic in opening Ohio Division III sectional tournament play by throttling Martins Ferry, Garaway returned to Dover High School for more Saturday.
Pirates fans weren't disappointed.
UNION LOCAL’S Kylie Russell tries to get possession of the ball during Saturday’s sectional game against Garaway. The Lady Jets fell, 57-30.
Garaway jumped out to an 8-0 lead and never looked back in ousting the Jets, 57-30, to earn a berth in this week's district event at Steubenville High School. There, the 21-victory Pirates will clash with Harrison Central. The Huskies topped Tusky Valley, 49-39, in Saturday's opening tilt.
Union Local head coach Kelley Hanlon caught a glimpse of Garaway prior to the Jets' sectional-opening triumph against Buckeye Trail. She was impressed then, and she certainly was impressed Saturday.
"They have a great defense," a subdued Hanlon said moments after emerging from an emotional Union Local locker room.
"We've never played a team with that hard of a defense."
The Jets struggled early going to get their half-court offense going and, when they did, Garaway always seemed to be there to steal the ball, bat away a pass or make some type of defensive play to keep them off the scoreboard.
The Pirates went on a 15-0 run that started in the first quarter and ended early in the second to grab a 21-2 advantage. UL's Alli Delaney and Abby Collins cut into it with a couple of buckets, but another Pirates spurt made the score 32-8 late in the first half.
Collins, one of three UL seniors, finished with 10 points.
Hanlon was stunned her team only scored 13 points during the first 16 minutes. She credited Garaway's defense for that.
"It seemed like we tried everything," she said.
Cori Medley, who finished a stellar prep career with nine points, started the second half with a bucket, but Garaway reeled off 14 straight points to go up 46-15.
From there, the Jets went on their own run, scoring 11 of the next 15 points. Mikayla Patton had seven points during the spurt, which ended with the Pirates up 50-28.
Garaway's Courtney Putt led all scorers with 23.
"I was proud of the girls and that they played as strong as they did even though they were down 30," Hanlon said. "I give them credit for keeping their heads up until the end."
UNION LOCAL (30) - Rucker 0 0-0 0; Medley 4 0-1 9; Butler 0 0-0 0; Collins 5 0-0 10; Clark-Patterson 0 0-0 0; Delaney 0 2-2 2; Russell 0 0-0 0; Patton 4 1-3 9. Totals 13 3-6 30.GARAWAY (57) - Slemmer 3 3-4 9; Walter 2 0-0 4; Werker 2 1-2 6; Monigold 0 0-0 0; Smith 0 0-0 0; C.Putt 10 0-0 23; Meese 0 2-2 2; A.Putt 0 0-0 0; Stress 0 0-0 0; Misko 0 0-0 0; Weaver 0 0-0 0; Ka.Miller 2 0-2 4; Beachy 1 0-0 2; Ke.Miller 2 3-4 7; Yoder 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 9-14 57.
3-Point Goals: Medley; C.Putt 3, Werker.
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