Moniteau's Pry heats up in 4th to lead win
CHERRY TWP — Union's shooters went cold in the fourth quarter while Moniteau's Allie Pry heated up.
The sophomore guard scored 10 of her 17 points in the final eight minutes to help the host Warriors upend the Damsels, 53-45, in girls basketball action Wednesday night.
It is the fifth win in six games for Moniteau (6-5).
“It feels good to be able to come through like that, but we did it as a team tonight,” said Pry.
Moniteau led 35-31 entering the fourth period, but Union (7-2) proved stubborn in trying to extend its 7-game winning streak.
A pair of free throws from Abby Gruver was followed by a basket by Dominika Logue to cut Moniteau's lead to 41-38 with just under four minutes to play.
The Warriors regained some breathing room with Kendall Sankey's conventional 3-point play. Pry then sank a pair of shots, including one following her steal with 20 seconds left to seal the win.
“Allie came up big for us tonight,” said Moniteau coach Dee Arblaster. “I told her she needed to take it to the hole and she has confidence doing that.”
The Damsels shot just 22 percent (four of 18) from the floor in the final quarter.
“There have been games this year when we haven't played a full game, definitely not against (Elk County Catholic, a 46-39 loss to open the season) and we didn't play four quarters tonight,” said Union coach Ally Kepple. “But you have to hand it to Moniteau. They're a good shooting team and hit some outside shots tonight.”
Sophomore Catherine Kelly tallied a game-high 22 points for the Warriors.
Moniteau scored just four points in the first 6½ minutes of the second period and the Damsels moved ahead, 22-17, before Allie Pry and Victoria Pry both sank a basket before halftime to pull their team within one point.
Moniteau won despite the absence of sophomore forward Davina Pry.
“Davina was sick today, but Victoria Pry and Kendall Sankey helped out,” said Arblaster. “We kept switching them on (Union forward) Logue on defense.”
Logue led Union with 21 points and Kennedy Vogle added 10.
Moniteau has had a strong rebound after an 0-3 start to the season.
“We are playing better as a team now, taking better shots,” added Arblaster, “but we still need to shoot better from the free throw line. We were just seven of 18 tonight.”
Kepple knew what she had in senior Logue this season — a formidable inside and outside presence — but the Damsels' prospects are even brighter thanks to the team's supporting cast.
Vogle, Keira Croyle and Hailey Kriebel have each shown a lot of promise on the offensive end of the court.
Kennedy Vogle 3 2-2 10, Keira Croyle 2 3-4 7, Hailey Kriebel 1 1-3 3, Dominika Logue 8 1-2 21, Abby Gruver 1 2-2 4, Hailey Theuret 0 0-0 0, Kya Wetzel 0 0-0 0, Allie Conner 0 0-0 0. Totals: 15 9-13 45.
Catherine Kelly 7 4-4 22, Allie Pry 7 1-6 17, Kendall Sankey 1 1-3 3, Victoria Pry 5 1-3 11, Abbey Jewart 0 0-2 0. Totals: 20 7-18 53.
Union 10 12 9 14 — 45
Moniteau 13 8 14 18 — 53
3-point goals: Union 6 (Logue 4, Vogle 2); Moniteau 6 (Kelly 4, A.Pry 2).
Friday: Keystone at Union; Moniteau at Clarion