Union Local cruises by Monroe Central, 59-33
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 head 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 head 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.
MONROE CENTRAL (33) — Friday 5, 3-4 16; Hiles 1, 0-0 2; Bishop 2, 0-0 4; Kendall 0, 2-2 2; Leonard 0, 0-0 0; Powell 0, 0-0 0; Bettinger 2, 0-0 4; Totals: 12, 5-6 33. UNION LOCAL (59) — C. Kildow 8, 0-0 19; Goodson 0, 0-0 0; Miller 1, 0-0 2; T. Kildow 6, 1-2 13; Kellaway 0, 0-0 0; Cheatham 0, 0-0 0; Merritt 1, 2-2 5; Scott 0, 0-0 0; Gregor 2, 1-2 5; Vinskovich 7, 1-1 15; Totals: 25, 5-6 59.
3-point goals: MC — Friday (3). UL — C. Kildow (3), Merritt.