Union City gets a drive the the basket in game with Lady Blackhawks. (Clinton Randall photo)

Lady Indians over Mississinawa Valley by 5 in Stateline Rivalry game

Union City Lady Indians win close game over Mississinawa Lady Blackhawks in non-conference action

UNION CITY, Ind. – The Lady Indians of Union City were able to hold off the visiting Lady Blackhawks from Mississinawa Valley to win the traditional Stateline Rivalry by a final score of 65-60 on Wednesday night.

Union City took an early lead and held the momentum throughout the first half, holding a 13-point lead at halftime. The Lady Hawks were able to cut the UC lead to five in the third quarter, by ramping up the physical pressure of the game and forcing turnovers by the Lady Indians. The game remained a high-tempo battle until the final buzzer.

“We knew they (the Lady Hawks) were going to come out and play four physical quarters with us,” said UC head coach Sarah Black. “I’m proud of the ladies for being able to hold them off and get the win.”

“It was a great win for our seniors who played their last regular season at home,” added Coach Black. “Even though we will at least play one more home game in the sectionals, the ladies will definitely remember getting the win for their Senior Night!”

The Lady Indians were led by seniors Mariah Claywell, with 23 points and 15 rebounds, and Emily Livingston, who had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Freshman Oaklee Reichard added 13 for the Indians to go along with five assists. Taylee Woodbury and Brenna Price were leading scorers for MV, with 25 and 16 points respectively.

MV fell to Preble Shawnee 60-43 at home on Thursday. The Lady Hawks will wrap up the regular season, as they visit Houston on Monday and return home for Senior Night on Thursday against Dixie.

UC ended their regular season on the road Saturday night with a 52-32 Tri-Eastern Conference victory over Hagerstown. The Lady Indians finish the season 15-8 overall and 6-2 in the conference. They will open postseason action on Friday as they host the sectionals.

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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