UNION CITY, Ind. – The Union City Lady Indians Basketball program held its season awards banquet Friday evening. The annual banquet recognized several players from the varsity and junior varsity levels who contributed to their team’s success and improved as a player throughout the season. Managers and scout team members were also thanked for all their help and dedication in making the season one for the record books.
Honored from the JV team were sophomore Sophia Spence and junior Kelsie Burton who shared the Defensive Player of Year award from Coach Neal Adams. Most Improved player was presented to sophomore Mya Carpenter, while freshman LuzMaria “Luzy” Corona was named the Mental Attitude award winner.
Other junior varsity players recognized during the banquet were sophomores Emalee Bocenegra and Reagan Hoggatt, freshmen Maddy Cox and Mackenzie Green.
With the varsity “dream team” finishing as the IHSAA Class 1A State Runner-Up and the most winningest girls basketball team in school history, Coach Sarah Black noted that this was the most awards she has ever seen presented to any team in all her entire career of coaching.
The 2016-17 team shattered almost every school record and made Randolph County history as the only girls basketball squad to ever play in the state finals.
A number of varsity players were recognized during Friday’s banquet, including records and other honors they received during the season.
Freshman Mackenzie Green was recognized for her talent and impact in just her first year playing at the varsity level and junior Kahlee Dowler for one of the teams’ key players off the bench.
Junior Ellie Kerns was presented with the Mental Attitude award for helping uplift her teammates during key moments of play during the season.
Junior Justiss Cantu was chosen as the Most Improved of the Lady Indians. The All-Conference point guard also holds the career record for most assists (358), along with a number of other honors for her performance during the season. Most recently, Cantu was invited to participate in the IBCA/IHSAA Girls Top 100 Underclass Showcase.
Senior Kora Kerns holds the school record for most career assists (291) and was named the Defensive Leader of the season for the team. In addition to several county and conference honors, her academic excellence earned her an honorable mention for the Academic All-State honor.
Senior Baylee Hartman ended her UCHS career with the school record for rebounds (855), along with earning a spot on the All-Conference Team. Coach Black also noted that Hartman made some key contributions that didn’t show up in the game stats.
Senior Kelsey Zimmers was the Lady Indians long-range shooter, breaking the school records for most three-pointers in a season (112), in a single season (55) and tied for record in a game (6). She was also voted as the February Indy Star Player of the Month.
Senior Courtney Wise finished her high school career with the most records of any Lady Indian. She is the all-time leading scorer (1,192) and most points in a single season (416). Wise also holds the Union City girls basketball record for most career blocked shots (176), most in a single season (63) and in a game (7). Additionally, she was named to the All-County, All-Conference and the IBCA Senior Small School All-State Team.