Lady Indians look to speed up in hopes to defend TEC title
Coming off a record-breaking season, stacked with a conference, sectional, regional, semi-state and state finals runner-up titles, the Lady Indians will have to utilize their speed if they hope to come close to last year’s achievements.
“We are definitely a different team this year. Our average size is about 5’5″, so we will need speed in order to have a shot at defending our conference championship,” said head coach Sarah Black.
Union City may be out-sized by some of their conference opponents this season, but they have one thing most do not – a lot of experience in the big games.
Returning to the court for the Lady Indians is their senior standout point guard Justiss Cantu, who was key in UC’s semi-state win last season. Senior Ellie Kerns was Coach Black’s go-to player off the bench in 2016-17.
“Both Justiss and Ellie are great leaders and will have to use that in order to get the other girls to follow their lead,” noted Coach Black.
Another senior that had a lot of playing time off the bench last year, Kahlee Dowler, can be a threat in the paint and from beyond the three-point line. Mackezine Green, a sophomore guard with a lot of talent and experience on the varsity level, will be another scoring and stealing threat for the team this year.
“We can’t teach experience and we are fortunate to bring back four girls who played all the way through the state tournament,” the coach explained. “That kind of experience will definitely help us out.”
“Fortunately we have a great coaching staff with us again this season and each of us know how to bring the best out of each and every lady on the team,” she added.
The Lady Indians will open their season at home this Saturday against Southern Wells. Junior varsity game tip is set for 6 p.m., with varsity to follow.
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