The Blue River Lady Vikings handed Union County their fifth loss of the season with a 59-36 setback last Thursday at Roy E. Stevens Gymnasium. 

The 4th-ranked (Class A), fast-paced Lady Vikings improved their season record to 15-2 while Union County settled in at 12-5.

“Overall, I am not disappointed. Our kids played extremely hard,” UC coach Scott Gray said. “Blue River is a good team with good guards and great players. We knew that coming in and they held up their end of the bargain.”

UC adjusted accordingly with good results.

“For us to beat good teams, we need to make changes, looking at different lineups, trying to find out what works. Time is of the essence,” Gray said referencing the upcoming IHSAA tournament.

Union County’s starting line-up consisted of two seniors, guard Genny Antrim and forward Madison Gray; a junior center, Sophia Knock; and two sophomores, guard Carly McCashland and forward Shelby Hill.

Antrim (5’1”) and McCashland (5-5) matched up well at guard positions in the run-and-gun 32 minutes.

“McCashland played two great games tonight,” Gray said. “Did a fantastic job.” McCashland also played in the JV game which Union County won, 25-14.

Blue River scored the first bucket (3-pointer), but needed three attempts before putting it through the hoop and never trailed thereafter.

Gray substituted often, utilizing 8-9 players until the last few minutes when both teams emptied their benches.

“I didn’t mind when we were down 20 and still pressing us. I didn’t mind that,” Gray said. “We should want people to press us. That is great experience for our girls to learn how to play in those situations and know how to attack it.”

The Lady Vikings led by seven after the first quarter, by 16 at halftime and kept going. The score stood at 47-24 at the three quarter break. Fifty-nine points is BR’s third-lowest winning score this season.

Blue River’s 6’1” center Ally Madden led all scoring with 24 points and had nine of the team’s 19 rebounds. Emma Blackburn added 11 points.

Gray led Union County with 19 points and five rebounds. McCashland was second to Gray with seven points and three rebounds. Hill was UC’s top rebounder with seven and Knock added three.

“Games like this make us better,” Gray said. “It may be tough, but the girls didn’t back down and we still attacked and worked hard.”

Union County is at Knightstown on Jan. 21, (tonight), and entertains Winchester on Jan. 23.

Quarter scores

Blue River 14 32 47 59

Union County 7 16 24 36

Blue River (15-2) Thornburg 2-0-5, Chamberlain 3-0-7, Blackburn 4-0/2-11,Cross 2-1/2-6, Madden 9-6/8-24, Loveless 0-0/2-0, Whitinger 1-0-3, Driskill 0-0-0, Willis 1-0-3. Totals: 22-7/14-7/14-59.

UNION COUNTY (12-5, 1-2) Antrim 0-3/4-3, McCashland 3-0/1-7, Gray 5-8/10-19, Knock 0-0-0, Hill 0-0-0, Russell 1-2/2-4, Alldredge 1-0-3, Richardson 0-0-0, Louden 0-0/1-0, Adams 0-0-0, Coyle 0-0-0, Persinger 0-0-0. TOTALS: 10-13/17-36.

3-pointers-BR 8 (Thornburg, Chamberlain, Blackburn 3, Cross, Whitinger, Willis). UCo. 3 (McCashland, Gray, Alldredge).

Rebounds-BR 20 (Madden 9). UCo 25 (Hill 7, Gray 5, Knock 3).

Turnovers-BR 17. UCo 27.

Fouls-BR 15. UCo 8.

Fouled out-None.

JV-Union County 25, Blue River 19.

Union County JV scoring-Coyle 6, Richardson 9, Adams 4, McCashland 5, King 2. Totals: 5-7/16-21.