Gonzalez, Udoh lead romp as St. Paul girls basketball beats Watertown

Published on Friday, 11 January 2019 22:00


BRISTOL - Through the game’s first four minutes, it looked like Watertown could hang with the St. Paul girls basketball team and possibly end the Falcons’ three-game winning streak.

Then Janessa Gonzalez and Jade Udoh caught fire and burned the Watertown defense to the ground.

A monstrous second quarter from St. Paul’s deadly duo left no doubt in Friday night’s 63-34 rout of the Indians, as St. Paul went on to sweep its four-game homestand, one that Gonzalez, Udoh and the Falcons likely don’t want to end.

Udoh finished with 23 points, with Gonzalez right behind at 22. They also sat the entire fourth quarter, having done enough damage for the evening.

“They’re a dangerous one-two punch,” St. Paul head coach Joe Mone said. “Both can shoot and attack the basket. They’re tough to handle.”

Jordyn Forte led Watertown with 15 points, while no other teammate finished with more than four.

An 8-0 Watertown run midway through the first quarter gave the Indians a lead that they held for a matter of seconds and never took back again.

St. Paul responded to the Watertown run with a 15-3 run of its own, led by eight points from Gonzalez, who knocked in a pair of triples and grabbed two steals to help the Falcons jump out to a 12-point lead.

Gonzalez and the Falcons were just getting started.

The Falcons came for blood in the second quarter, with Gonzalez and Udoh leading an unstoppable offense that logged 45 points in the first half.

The two scoring machines for St. Paul accounted for 34 of the points, with Gonzalez finishing the first half with 19 and Udoh with 15.

Gonzalez knocked down three 3-pointers, while Udoh logged 14 points in the paint in the first half, as the Falcons outscored the Indians 21-5 in a lopsided second quarter.

“We were just feeding off each other and the momentum of the game,” Gonzalez said. “The bench was great, we had pressing defense, that’s what really helped us win this game.”

The pair’s performance in the first half alone clinched double-digit scoring for both Gonzalez and Udoh in each of the team’s four wins during their current streak.

“We just play really well together,” Udoh said. “We’re always looking for each other and know where we’re going to be on the floor.”

Emma Cretella sent St. Paul off and running to start the contest, scoring the game’s first four points, including a deep 3-pointer to help ignite an offense that never took its foot off the gas pedal.

Posted in The Bristol Press, St. Paul on Friday, 11 January 2019 22:00. Updated: Friday, 11 January 2019 22:03.