United tops Ridgewood, 55-47

Staff reports

ALEXIS — The United Red Storm showed a lot of poise at its 55-47 victory against Ridgewood Friday night, Jan. 29.

Seeing different defensive looks all night from the Spartans, the Red Storm was able to adjust for most of the night to seal the win and improve its record to 11-8.

Ridgewood showed a zone defense early on in the game and United refused to force any shots, waiting for the most optimal situation.

“We were patient. ... We waited for great shots,” United head coach Jim Noonan said.

Taking advantage of some poor ball handling by Ridgewood helped the Red Storm take a 28-18 lead into halftime.

Noonan said he thought his team worked much better offensively in the second half.

“We were a little tentative in the first half,” he said. “We were much more aggressive in the second.”

Ridgewood attempted a more fast-paced tempo, pushing the ball up the court as fast as possible - especially after United made shots.

However, the Red Storm was able to run up and down the court with the Spartans. United took a 45-28 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Ridgewood applied a full court press in the fourth quarter that brought them back into the game.

“We usually have one bad spell per game,” Noonan said. “Tonight it was during the last four minutes.”

The press forced United into turnovers and Ridgewood was able to get within five points with less than a minute to go in the game.

Noonan gave Ridgewood credit for not giving in.

“They stayed with it,” he said.

Aaron McDonald led the Red Storm with 12 points. Alex Gavin had 11.

Ridgewood won the junior varsity game 38-37.