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Union Local 48
The duo of Jensen Caretti and Brielle Williams combined for 44 points, 23 rebounds, three blocks, four assists and sank 12-13 charity tosses to lead the River Pilots to a 64-48 victory over the Union Local Lady Jets Dec. 2 inside RL Potts Gymnasium in the River home opener.
After a slow start, Caretti started the scoring with three points the old fashioned way at the two minute mark. But, Union Local dialed long distance to quickly tie it. However, another Caretti three-point play and two steals, followed by two baskets by Devyn Potts, pushed the home-standing Pilots out in front with a minute remaining in the opening quarter.
Williams scored the team’s final five points from the charity stripe, including three on a shot at the buzzer from the backcourt for a 12-8 Pilot advantage.
Caretti opened the second period the same way she opened the game, with a three-point play the hard way. Haylee Bowers knocked down a free throw, and Caretti went coast-to-coast once more to give the home-standing Pilots an 18-8 lead.
The Lady Jets responded by banking in a shot from beyond the arc. But Haylee Winkler’s put back and a Caretti jumper gave the Pilots a 22-13 lead after a pair of Union Local charity tosses. Another Winkler put-back put the Pilots on top 24-15 with two minutes remaining in the opening half.
Bowers would miss the front end of a one-and-one and the Jets would score on a put-back and a pair of free throws, while Bowers grabbed a rebound and went coast-to-coast for a lay-in as the buzzer sounded, ending the half with the Pilots on top 26-19.
Caretti made the first points of the second half, draining a pair of free throws. Williams stole a UL pass and hit Bowers for an easy deuce. The ‘Jets then scored a deuce, whereupon Caretti answered her own deuce. She would then steal a pass and dish it off to Williams for a bucket that forced Union Local to call a time out.
After the break, the ‘Jets banked in another basket from long range, but Potts pick-pocketed a Jet ball handler and went in for an easy deuce to push the Pilot lead to 12 points. After a couple Jet freebies, Williams cashed in inside, but Union Local scored nine of the last 11 points to pull to within 40-36 at the end of three periods.
To begin the final period, Caretti scored the first basket and Bowers nailed one of two freebies. But Union Local added a pair of two pointers before Caretti dished it off to Winkler for a Pilot tally.
The Jets got to within four points of a tie game with a pair of free throws. But, before you knew it, the Pilots were back on top by double figures. The Pilot trio of Caretti, Williams and Potts accounted for the final 11 River points.
Caretti ended the night with 29 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots to lead the Pilots, while Williams netted 15 markers, nine rebounds, two assists and a block. Potts scored 10 points, while Bowers netted six points and made a game-high six steals. Winkler tallied two baskets and finished with eight rebounds, three steals and one block.
As a team, the Pilots made 18-25 free throws and made 11 steals, while forcing 19 Union Local turnovers.
The River Lady Pilots won a pair of games last week against Meadowbrook Dec. 4 and Bellaire Big Red Dec. 6, defeating both teams by identical scores, 62-43
In the victory over Bellaire, Jensen Caretti netted a game-high 28 points, including one basket from beyond the arc, while pulling down 14 rebounds and swatting away four shots. Haylee Winkler followed with nine points, while Tiffany Connors and Haylee Bowers combined for 13 points.
Devyn Potts and Bailey Caldwell each netted five markers, while Abby Caldwell sank a deuce. Brielle Williams, just back this season after laying out two years with a knee injury, sat out in these games with an ankle injury.
There were no stats available for the Meadowbrook game.
Linsly used a 16-3 run in the second period to knock off the River Pilots, 51-41 Dec. 8 inside the newly-remodeled R.L. Potts Gymnasium.
Caretti filled the stat sheet with 19 points and 14 boards, while making eight steals, dishing out three assists and blocking countless Cadet shots to lead the Lady Pilots. Winkler grabbed eight rebounds and shared 16 points with teammate Abby Caldwell.
In addition, Bailey Caldwell tickled the twine from beyond the arc, while Bowers netted a deuce and Potts sank a free throw. Williams, who continues to nurse an ankle injury, didn’t play.
“Give the girls credit, they could have folded the tents, but they didn’t,” said Assistant Coach Dean Caldwell, who filled in for Head Coach Rick Isaly. “They continued to battle and I liked that,”