Union City's Mariah Claywell, recently surpassed 1,000 points for her high school basketball career. (Clinton Randall photo)

Claywell hits milestone, steals record at Union City

UNION CITY, Ind. – Union City senior baller, Mariah Claywell, recently surpassed 1,000 points for her career with the Lady Indians. If that wasn’t a big enough accomplishment, she also set the single-game record for steals with 16 against Centerville.

Claywell is in some elite company of former Lady Indian stars. She joins Courtney Wise (1185 career points), former teammate Skylie Lutz (1134), Kela Bousman (1062) and Shawndrea Montgomery (1052), in this prestigious milestone.

Over her four-year career at Union City, Claywell has averaged 13.4 points per game and shot a blazing 51 percent from the field. As a senior, she is now averaging 18.5 points per game and shooting 48 percent.

With plenty of games remaining, Claywell has an opportunity to become, not only the all-time leading scorer for the Union City Lady Indians, but the all-time leading scorer at Union City for both boys and girls. To take this title, she will need to surpass 1232 points scored by Steve Reish, who played 1974-78 at Union City.

Claywell is a scorer, but she isn’t a selfish scorer. In fact, she leads the team in assists with 4.8 per game, she is also the second leading rebounding (behind senior Emily Livingston) with 10 per game and she is leading the team in steals with 4.5 per game. She has had her eyes on the steals record since she came to the high school level. She has reached a milestone in scoring, but has a desire to prove herself on the defensive end as well.

“When Mariah began her basketball career at Union City she had a strong love for volleyball and made me well aware of this. I told her that was fine and that she could love volleyball, but I didn’t want her to limit herself to only volleyball and I wanted her to give us a chance,” state UC Lady Indians head coach Sarah Black. “Mariah did that and I am happy she kept herself open to the idea of various sports.”

Claywell has now accepted an offer to continue her basketball career at Bethel University (see more: https://ucindians.com/2021/11/04/mariah-claywell-is-bound-for-bethel) in Indiana.

“I have watched Mariah grow, but I have seen more growth between her junior and senior year than ever before. It was like she kicked it into overdrive and realized, this is it, and it’s going to be good,” Coach Black added.

She has worked hard to get to this point in her career and her statistics support that. She has a whole season to play and it’s not over yet. I know she won’t settle for this milestone, but I do hope she takes some time to enjoy it,” she concluded.

Get UC athletics schedules, scores and more at www.ucindians.com

Watch an exclusive video interview of Claywell talking about what it takes to excel on the hardwood

Video by Clinton Randall

Union City Lady Indians' Mariah Claywell adds to her 1,000 point career mark. (Clinton Randall photo)

Clinton Randall / Digital Development Director

Clinton is a lifelong resident of Darke County with over a decade of covering local news and sports. He has won several journalism awards from the Associated Press, along with regional and national digital awards as the Webmaster for local news outlets.

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