UC battle

Story and pictures by Clinton Randall

UNION CITY, Ind. – The Union City basketball program hosted Mississinawa Valley for the annual crosstown rivalry games Saturday night. Both boys and girls JV and varsity teams competed against one another for Union City bragging rights.

The UC varsity boys and girls got the win over the Blackhawks. The Lady Indians got off to a quick start and never looked back – winning by a final score of 74-35.

UC battle girls

The Lady Indians were led by Mariah Claywell with 19 points and nine steals, followed by Skylie Lutz added 14 points, Emily Livingston scored 12 and Mackenzie Green with 10. Maddy Cox pulled down 10 rebounds in the win.

The Indians boys varsity outscored the Hawks 23-5 in the fourth quarter to secure a 48-39 victory. They were led by Bryten Stewart with 16 points, Zerrin Cantu with 14 and Hunter Reagan added eight points in the win.

Both Union City teams will be on the road this week – the girls will be at Centerville on Wednesday while the boys will have a Friday night match up against county rival Winchester.

The rivalry night was not all about competition as first responders from both sides of the stateline were honored and recognized during halftime of the girls game and a free chili supper was available thanks to the Wesley United Methodist Church.