Winchester’s Lady Falcons bombarded the Union City Indians for 30 second quarter points, erasing a six-point deficit at the first stop in rolling to a 45-34 halftime advantage on their way to an 88-56 victory, earning the right to play Monroe Central in Saturday’s Randolph County championship at Monroe Cen-tral. What most onlookers thought would be a close, hotly contested contest, the Falcons completely dominated the last three quarters of the game, outsourc-ing the Lady Indians 73-35 to win going away. The opening half was a tale of two quarters. The first period belonged to Union City. Hitting 10 of 19 shots in the frame, the Indians sprinted to a 21-15 lead. Mariah Claywell and Jodi Carpen-ter constantly beat the Falcons down the floor and Skylie Lutz’s pinpoint passes found them for lay ups. Meanwhile, Em-ily Livingston was ruling the paint. However, Winchester controlled the second stanza. The Falcons superior depth started paying dividends. Their pressure defense forced six Union City turnovers and their bench produced 11 points, nine by Nevaeh Lanter. Caitlyn Campbell also scored nine tallies, while Taylor Baker added six points. Claywell and Lutz commenced the Indian assault in the first frame, scor-ing the game’s first two baskets, before Baker’s three-pointer got Winchester on the scoreboard. Morgan Lawrence’s re-bound putback and Campbell’s 10-foot runner stretched the Falcons’ lead to 7-4. Livingston’s deuce in the paint re-stored the Union City lead at 11-10. WC’s Gena Moore returned the lead to the Falcons. But three successive bas-kets, two by Claywell and one by Car-penter propelled UC back in front, 17-12. A Baker triple narrowed the gap to two points, but back-to-back fielders by Carpenter sent Union City to the side-lines at the stop with the 21-15 advan-tage. The Indians’ lead reached six points at 26-20, when Lutz hit the second of two foul shots.. Winchester retaliated with nine unanswered points. Moore began the run with a rebound basket. Camp-bell hit the first of two freebies. Nevaeh Lanter drove through the Indian defense for a hoop, then followed with another lay up. Finally, Baker made it 29-20 with a deuce. The Falcon streak came to an end with a Carpenter free toss. Campbell re-sponded with a three, before Baker and Livingston traded four baskets. Win-chester finished the period on a 7-2 run, the last two buckets coming from Taylor Hicks and Mabrey McIntire. The third period opened with Camp-bell delivering two baskets, while Lutz and Livingston recorded one each for Union City. Winchester led 49-38. The Falcons then went on an 11-0 run. Dur-ing the run, Claywell, the Indians’ dandy, junior went down with an ankle sprain. Lawrence scored five points, Baker four,and Campbell two. By the time Claywell re-entered the game, it was too little too late. Winchester led 60-38. Andrea Sanders provided a spark off the Union City bench with five points in the period, but the Falcons maintained their 22-point margin by the quarter’s end, 69-47. The Falcons continued its blitz in the final frame, pounding the Indians 19-9. Campbell scored the final six of her career high 28 points. The bench added nine points, five by Zoey Craw, with Winchester’s two seniors, Lily Lanter and Brooklynn Hummel, scoring a bas-ket each. Four of the Indians starters scored two points each, while Katy Elliott add-ed a free throw in a reserve capacity. Due to the cancellation of the two teams’ game in December, the game counted in the Tri Eastern Conference standings. Coach Sarah Black’s squad drops to 8-7 on the season and 2-2 in the TEC. Claywell and Livingston both achieved double-doubles, with Claywell scoring 16 points and grabbing 12 boards, while Livingston finished with 15 markers and 11 caroms. Carpenter also reached double digits with 10, while Lutz scored nine points and had seven assists. Coach Holly Gutierrez’s Falcons are 7-2 on the campaign and 3-0 in the TEC. Winchester placed four in twin digits. Behind Campbell’s 28 points, came Baker with 16, while Nevaeh Lanter and Lawrence provided 11 tallies each. Campbell had a team high nine rebounds. Moore finished with nine points and six boards.
Union City. 21. 34. 47. 56
Winchester. 15. 45. 69. 88
INDIANS --Carpenter 4 1-2 10, Rismiller 0 0-0 0, Claywell 5 6-8 16, Lutz 3 3-4 9, Elliott 0 1-2 1, Lawrence 0 0-0 0, Livingston 7 1-2 15, Sanders 2 0-2 5. Totals 21 12-20 56. FALCONS--Moore 4 0-1 9, Mote 0 0-0 0, Law-rence 5 1-1 11, Campbell 12 2-3 28, L. Lanter 1 0-0 2, Riggin 0 0-0 0, McIntire 1 0-0 2, Baker 6 2-2 16, N. Lanter 5 0-0 11, Hummel 1 0-2 2, Hicks 1 0-0 2, Craw 2 0-0 5. Totals 38 5-9 88.