SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Union Catholic girls basketball team used a suffocating defense, effective transition game, and efficient long range shooting to keep its unbeaten season alive with a 46-27 victory over crosstown rival Scotch Plains-Fanwood on Friday at Union Catholic.

Union Catholic, now 5-0 under legendary coach Kathy Matthews, was trailing 3-2 to start the game. But the Vikings went on an 11-0 run to close out the opening quarter and take the lead for good.

Sabrina Araujo, who buried four three-pointers in the game and scored a career-high 16 points, and Madison Johnson each scored five points in the first period, and Kayla Riley sank one of her two-three pointers to give the Vikings a 13-3 lead over the Raiders, now 1-3 on the season.   

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One of the biggest keys to the victory for UC was its defense, which came up with a staggering 21 steals that led to several transition baskets.

Abbey Ortiz had five of the 21 steals for UC and also scored 11 points and dished out five assists. Gianna Peralta had four steals for UC and Riley finished the game with three.  

The Vikings will seek its sixth straight victory on Sunday when UC plays Oak Knoll (2-3)  at 10:15 a.m. in the Scholarship Fund for Inner City Children Festival at Kean University.