Cody Strawser/News Utica’s Emily Londot, right, looks for an open teammate during a girls basketball game with Newark Catholic on Friday. The Redskins held off the Green Wave, 62-56.

UTICA — The Utica Redskins girl’s basketball team played an outstanding game against their Licking County League rivals, the Newark Catholic Green Wave. The Redskin girls won the game 62-56 after a fantastic offensive effort and an improved defensive effort.

The Redskin girls had a statistically dominant first half. In the first quarter they outscored their opponents by 10 points (20-10). The girls maintained their scoring and defense in the second and third quarters by only giving the Green Wave girls a single point lead in the second quarter (16-17) and by tying their score in the third quarter (16-16). The Redskin girls allowed 13 points in the fourth quarter and scored 10, which meant that they staved off any kind of a Green Wave come-back with a combination of improved defense and adequate scoring.

“It’s our first league game, so it’s important to get off to a quick start on our first league game,” said Utica coach Terry Logue. “We knew that Newark Catholic was going to be tough. They are always tough and are a very well coached team. I thought that up until the end of the game there we had a pretty good lead, then we kind of got crazy with the ball and turned the ball over way too much. Once we got back in control we felt a little bit more comfortable.”

Scarlett Elliott was one of the girls who really stepped it up for Utica when the Newark Catholic girls were trying to make a come-back against Utica. She scored 14 points and had a career night.

“When Emily Londot went out, the girls stepped up when they had to,” Logue said. “Offensively we just have to cut down on our turnovers. We need to take care of the ball a little bit better and run through our offense. We need to make more passes so we can get better shots. It was a great win to start up the league season 1-0.”

Other major contributors for the Utica Redskin girls were the familiar names of Emily Londot with 20 points and Taylor Heckman with 18 points.

The Redskins play Tuesday at Johnstown.

 

Cody Strawser: 740-397-5333 or cody@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

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