SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Junior Madison Johnson has been nothing short of spectacular for the Union Catholic girls basketball team this season, taking her game to another level to lead the Vikings to a 10-2 record
Johnson, averaging a team-high 16.1 points per game, continued her great play this past week
In a victory against Scotch Plains-Fanwood on Thursday, Johnson dropped 20 points against the Raiders in a 42-24 triumph. It was the fifth time this season that Johnson has rung up 20 or more points in a game.
Johnson, a forward/guard, has been able to clean up on the boards as well. She tallied seven rebounds against Scotch Plains-Fanwood and is averaging 5.3 boards per game..
Many of Johnson's points and assists this season have come through transition play. With the impressive defense Union Catholic has been playing, Johnson has been able to grab a quick rebound and push momentum for the Vikings, allowing for a baseline assist or drive and score.
Johnson, who has been named UC's Female Union County Conference Athlete of the Week, spoke about her progression and how the team around her allows for a better on court experience.
"I think this year I'm more aggressive, I pass more, and have a good team behind me,'' said Johnson, who also averages two steals and two assists per game. "We have really good chemistry, and that makes us play better as a team."
This past Saturday, Johnson scored 11 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and had three steals in a 47-22 victory over Governor Livingston.
When asked about the strengths of her game Johnson said, "Driving, finding lanes and gaps. I'm able to pass out to Sabrina or Abby who are really good shooters. I'm very thankful to have a good team around me."
Union Catholic head coach Ms. Kathy Matthews said Johnson has become a very difficult matchup for opposing teams because of how many different ways she can score.
"When I think of Madison, I think about all the hard work she put in between sophomore and junior year and how it has elevated her game to another level,'' said Coach Matthews. "She can play inside and outside, can shoot the three, drive to the basket, handle the ball, and is a pleasure to coach. As her coach, seeing her grow and mature through the years has been very rewarding. Knowing I have another year with her is very exciting.''
Union Catholic (1600 Martine Ave., Scotch Plains) prepares a diverse student body to fulfill their college and career goals by cultivating the students' achievement of academic standards of excellence within a value-centered environment, strong in its commitment to our core values (respect, responsibility, honesty, compassion, and community), and to the establishment of a community of faith and love in the Catholic tradition. For more information, call (908) 889-1600 or visit www.unioncatholic.org.