EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -- The Union Catholic girls basketball team broke it open with a big second quarter and went on to defeat East Brunswick, 48-37, in the first round of the Brunswick Girls Varsity Winter Classic on Thursday.

Madison Johnson scored 22 points for Union Catholic, which outscored East Brunswick, 17-7, in the second quarter to take a 12-point halftime lead.

Erin Cosio scored 11 points and Brianna Sliwinski scored seven for East Brunswick (1-2), which will play North Brunswick on Saturday.