Lady Indians earn third Holiday Tournament title

UNION CITY, Ind. – The Union City Lady Indians basketball program earned its third Holiday Tournament title in five years with a 63-51 victory over Morristown Saturday night.

Including Union City, the two-day tournament welcomed varsity teams from Morristown, Liberty Christian, Blue River, Indianapolis Howe, Cowan, Adams Central and Northeastern.

To open the 5th annual Union City Holiday Tournament, the Lady Indians dominated Liberty Christian in round one action on Friday – by a score of 53-26. Things were a bit more challenging in round two on Saturday morning, as the Lady Indians found themselves trailing by six heading into the final quarter of play against Blue River. UC fought back to force the semifinal game into overtime, getting a 60-58 victory to advance to the championship.

In Saturday night’s final, the Lady Indians were able to take an early lead, after a big 22-point first quarter, and hold it throughout the game against Morristown. The Lady Yellow Jackets were able to narrow the margin to two in the third quarter, but the Lady Indians would not be denied. Despite some mistakes by the young UC team, the ladies where able to extend their lead in the final eight minutes of play and secure the 63-51 win – adding some new shiny hardware to their trophy case.

UC was led in scoring by Skylie Lutz with 20, followed by Mariah Claywell with 16 points and five steals and Maddy Cox, who had a big fourth quarter to help secure the victory, with 11 points. Jodi Carpenter added six assists and three steals and Sophia Spence recorded three steals in the championship win.

“I’m very proud of the ladies! They really fought hard the entire tournament,” said UC head coach Sarah Black. “It feels good to get the tournament trophy back and this kind of play is great experience for our young players.”

Three UC players were named to the All-Tournament Team, freshman Skylie Lutz, senior Sophia Spence and tournament MVP freshman Mariah Claywell.

The Lady Indians will be back in action later this week in the Randolph County Tournament hosted by Winchester High School. See schedule of the tournament games at http://sports.resc.k12.in.us/basketball/hs-girls-basketball

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