Girls Junior Varsity Basketball, Girls Varsity Basketball · Indians rally, but run out of gas in sectional loss to Blue River

News-Gazette Sports Editor
Union City ran out of steam in the fourth quarter and was knocked out of sectional action by No. 4 Blue River Tuesday in the opening game of the Class A Tri Sectional.
Sarah Black’s Indians (14-9) had a one point lead heading into the fourth quarter, but came out on the short end of a 68-52 verdict. Blue River, improving to 19-3, advances to face Randolph Southern on Friday in the first semifinal game.
“We played with them for the entire game except the fourth quarter,” said Black. “The ladies fought hard and did what they could, but we just didn’t come out on top. I think we ran out of energy and gas.”
The Vikings edged in front 20-15 after one and upped the advantage to 35-25 at halftime, but the Indians were far from beaten. Jodi Carpenter had nine points in the first half to keep the Indians within striking distance.
Five different players scored and Emily Livingston hit 5 of 6 from the free throw line as the Indians outscored the Vikings 19-8 in the third to lead 44-43 entering the final eight minutes.
Blue River’s Ally Madden took over in the fourth, scoring 11 of her game-high 23 points, and the Vikings’ Maci Chamberlin added six points in the final and decisive frame.
Although the final margin was 16 points, the game was played much closer until it got away from the Indians in the end.
“We knew going into it that it was going to be a game that would go to the very end and not be decided in the first few minutes and the first few quarters.
“The girls played hard. It’s always tough to end a season,” Black said. “I told the girls they shouldn’t hang their heads – that they did everything they could do in the moment. We can’t be disappointed with that.”
Jodi Carpenter led the Indians in scoring with 15 points and in the meantime broke the single season assists record. She finished with five for the game, ending 138 for the season, and breaking the previous record held by Justiss Cantu.
Mariah Claywell ended with 13 points, Livingston had 10 and Skylie Lutz 9. Claywell and Livingston each had 10 rebounds.Game summary
Union City 15 25 44 52
Blue River 20 35 43 68
INDIANS – Carpenter 15, Rismiller 3, Claywell 13, Dye 0, Enas 0, Lutz 9, Elliott 0, Livingston 10, Fisher 0, Sanders 2, Shoemaker 0. Totals 18 3 7-15 52.
VIKINGS – Thornburg 3, Chamberlin 14, Blackburn 6, Driskill 0, Cross 12, Loveless 10, Madden 23. Totals 24 2 14-21 68.