UNION CITY, Ind. – For the second time in as many years, the Union City girls basketball team was beaten in the Randolph County Tournament Championship game by Monroe Central.
The 1A state-ranked, Lady Indians matched-up evenly for the first half against the 2A state-ranked, Lady Bears, knotted up at 24-24 heading into halftime.
Things went downhill in the second half for Union City, who were outscored 28-14. UC was plagued by missed shots in the paint, while Monroe Central scored off of several turnovers by the Lady Indians.
“We had a good first half, but were not able to keep it going after halftime,” said UC head coach Sarah Black. “We had a lot of good looks that we just couldn’t convert into points…and that hurt us in the end.”
Unable to get their normal rhythm and find a way to score, the Lady Indians dropped to 15-3 on the season with a 52-38 loss to the Lady Bears.
Union City was led in scoring by Courtney Wise with 15 points and 10 rebounds, followed by Justiss Cantu and Kelsey Zimmers each added seven points each. Senior Kora Kerns had four steals and was honored after the game as this year’s Gary Horner Award recipient.
Wise and Cantu were named to the All-Tournament Team for the Lady Indians, along with Kora Kerns who was an honorable mention for her tournament performance.
The Lady Indians will get a chance at redemption as they travel to Monroe Central on Friday for a rematch with the Lady Bears.
UNION CITY 38, MONROE CENTRAL 52
UC – 13-11-06-08 (38)
MC – 12-12-11-17 (52)