SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Getting off to a fast start was something Gianna Peralta said was a big point of emphasis for the Union Catholic girls basketball team when the Vikings opened its season against Sinai Christian Academy on Friday.
And with Peralta serving as the catalyst and setting the early tone, Union Catholic did exactly what it hoped for by racing out to big early lead on the way to a dominating 62-4 victory.
Peralta, a junior guard, ignited the outburst by scoring seven of UC's first 10 points. She opened the game by burying a three-pointer and scoring off an offensive rebound to give UC a 5-0 lead. Then after Abbey Oritz drilled one of UC;s 10 three-pointers, Peralta followed with a layup to extend the lead to 10-0.
The Vikings, who used every player on its roster, didn't allow a point in the first quarter when they built a 22-0 lead and led 37-2 at the half
"We really wanted to get out to quick start and get a big lead,'' said Peralta, who scored all nine of her points in the first quarter and finished with four assists and a team-high six rebounds. "Everyone was hitting their shots, we were really jelling, and we played the kind of game we were hoping for. It's just great to start the season with a win, and I think this is the beginning of a great season for us. One of our goals is to win the conference, and we feel that's something we are capable of doing.''
Union Catholic received contributions from several players as eleven players scored for the Vikings.
Junior Madison Johnson led the Vikings with 13 points and had two steals and sank two three-pointers. Ortiz had eight points, three assists, and three steals. Sabrina Araujo scored nine points and had three steals, and Kayla Riley connected on two three-pointers and had three steals.
The Vikings will be back in action on Monday on the road vs. Roselle Catholic at 6:00 p.m.