UNION CITY, Ind. – The (5-2) Union City girls basketball team was tested Saturday night as they hosted Richmond High School.
The Lady Indians came out playing aggressively from the jump… causing turnovers and disrupting the Lady Red Devils offensive game plan. UC held Richmond to 19 total points in the first half, taking a 26-19 lead at the break.
“I told the girls we had to come out and keep playing hard,” said UC head coach Sarah Hines. “We have to play four good quarters, especially against a tough team like Richmond.”
The third quarter didn’t go so well for the Lady Indians… being outscored 11 to 4 and allowing Richmond to tie it at 30 a piece heading into the final quarter.
Richmond took a 33-32 lead with 4:51 to go in the game, as both teams battled to have a shot at the end to win it. After calling timeout following a defensive rebound, the Lady Indians had one chance to even up the 45-42 point deficit.
As time started to run out in regulation, sophomore point guard Justiss Cantu passed the ball to junior Kora Kerns – who drained the game tying 3-pointer with just 6.1 ticks left in the game. Richmond was unable to get a shot off, sending the 45-45 tie game into overtime.
Junior forward Baylee Hartman got the assist inside several times in the overtime period to junior center Courtney Wise as the Lady Indians started adding to an overtime lead. Cantu, Kerns and senior Madeline Adams kept the pressure on Richmond, causing key turnovers and holding Richmond to just four OT points to help seal the upset victory by a final score of 58-49.
UC needed and got a lot of support from their bench to help get the win, since starting junior guard Kelsey Zimmers was still out with an ankle injury. The junior varsity team also was victorious over Richmond by a score of 46-22.
“After giving up the third quarter and the lead, fortunately we found a way to get back on track and play our game,” Coach Hines added. “We had so much help from so many girls tonight. I really couldn’t be more proud of the way they fought back and finished strong… it was a great win!”
Scoring for UC were – Courtney Wise (17), Justiss Cantu (16), Baylee Hartman (13), Kora Kerns (6), Madeline Adams (4) and Ellie Kerns (2).
The Lady Indians advance to (6-2) on the season and will head to Centerville Wednesday looking to stay unbeaten in the Tri-Eastern Conference.
SCORE BY QUARTER
Union City – 13-13-4-15-13 = 58
Richmond – 10-9-11-15-4 = 49