UNION CITY, Ind. – Union City hosted Knightstown in their first conference showdown of the new season Tuesday night.
The young Lady Indians showed their varsity-level inexperience early in the game, as the Panthers held on to a narrow lead the entire first half.
“This is the first time for some of the ladies competing at the varsity level,” said UC head coach Sarah Black.
Union City finally was able to shift the momentum and scoreboard in their favor with just over two minutes left in the third quarter. Though several fast tempo mistakes kept the game within reach for Knightstown, a 24-point fourth quarter helped the Lady Indians secure a 53-47 victory.
“Competing in close games likes this is a great way for them to learn how to handle the pressure and just get better,” added Coach Black. “We definitely need all the experience we can get for when it comes time for sectionals…where we will have to play at a higher level.”
UC was led in scoring by two freshmen standout performances from Skylie Lutz and Mariah Claywell, who combined for 29 points. Junior veteran starters, Mackenzie Green and Maddy Cox, together added 15 points in the win.
The Lady Indians JV team had an dominating first half to win by a score of 60-24.
The Lady Indians are now 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the Tri-Eastern Conference. They will host Seton Catholic on Friday and the Lady Rebels of Randolph Southern Saturday night in non-conference play.