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Third-quarter spurt sparks Union Local past Bellaire, 64-38

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

The unbeaten and OVAC-leading Jets used an impressive 14-2 run to open the second half and pulled away from a Bellaire squad, which had been surging of late, for a 64-38 repeat victory inside ‘The Hangar.’

“We were sloppy and Bellaire caused a lot of that with how scrappy they are,” UL head coach Rob Barr said. “It’s hard to complain about a 26-point win against a team that’s won 10 games.”

Though Barr wasn’t totaly pleased with the performance of his team, which is now 15-0, entering a Wednesday night trip to St. Clairsville, he found plenty of things that were positive.

“Though we had more turnovers than we’ve been having the last few games, we got good performance off our bench and Keira (Gregor) played outstanding. She was a monster inside for us. We usually only get six or seven points from that spot.”

Gregor was one of three Jets in double figures. As it’s been most of the season, the talented diaper dandies — Reagan Vinskovich and Torre Kildow — led the way, but the complementary pieces were solid again. This time, it was Gregor’s night to shine.

While Vinskovich was solid again with yet another double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds and Kildow went for 17, Gregor turned in 13 points and seven rebounds.

As the Jets struggled with some uncharacteristic turnovers and watched as Bellaire did a solid job of dictating the tempo for most of the game, it was the aforementioned opening minutes of the third quarter, which proved to be too much for the Big Reds to overcome.

“After having the (deficit) at 15 at halftime, I told the girls the first couple of minutes of the third they were either going to stretch it out to 20 and get really comfortable or maybe we can it to 10 or less and make them uncomfortable, but you can’t afford to let up against them,” Bellaire head coach John Farrier said. “We had a couple of trips where we couldn’t get a shot to go in and they come down and hit one. Those are just back breakers.”

Gregor had two buckets during the first 7-0 spurt of the quarter, while Hannah Merritt opened the second 7-0 run with a goal and Kildow capped it with a 3-pointer.

All told, the Jets finished the third quarter with a commanding 45-23 lead.

“We’re improving,” Farrier said. “We competed much better this time than we did before against (Union Local) and I think there is more improvements to be made. I think we can compete better with them and if we get a chance to play them a third time, I think we will compete better.”

Bellaire was led by senior standout Katrina Davis, who continued her fine season. She stuffed the stat sheet to a tune of 17 points, eight rebounds, eight steals and five assists.

The Big Reds return to action Thursday at Harrison Central

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