Story and picture by Clinton Randall
WINCHESTER, Ind. (12-20-19) – The Union City Lady Indians knew it would not be an easy upset as they traveled to Winchester Wednesday night to battle with the unbeaten Lady Falcons. The game did not disappoint any fan in attendance as both teams gave them a hard-fought performance to the end, with Winchester coming out on top by a score of 71-61.
It was an offensive showdown in the first half – with each team scoring on multiple trips down the floor. The Lady Indians led after the first quarter by one but fell 12 behind at the half. UC came out in the third quarter and outscored the Lady Falcons 14 to four to cut the lead to within two heading into the final eight minutes. The Lady Indians cut the Winchester lead to within 5 with one minute to go before having to stop the clock with fouls.
UC head coach Sarah Black
“I am extremely proud of the Lady Indians and the way that they played. Even being down 12 they never gave up and clawed their way back into the game fighting the entire 32 minutes. We had to make some adjustments on the fly and I feel like the girls responded well to that.”
“We had some girls step up and hit some big shots that we needed at just the right time. That’s what I love about this team, they’re able to help each other out and we have more than just 1 or 2 weapons.”
“We knew going into this game that it was going to be a battle and these are the games that we like and that will help prepare us for the tournament.”
Union City was led in scoring by Mariah Claywell with 18 points and Emily Livingston with 15. Livingston also had 10 rebounds for the Lady Indians – giving her a double-double. Jodi Carpenter added nine assists and Claywell had six steals. The Lady Indians move to 8-3 on the season and 2-2 in conference play.
They will be back in action on Friday against Lincoln for another conference match up.