By Alex Chipps
Union City’s girls basketball team is getting familiar with winning on Championship Night at the Paden Invitational. UC earned the trophy with a 28-11 victory over Weleetka in the title game on Saturday.
The Lady Tigers competed against Carney in the first round. Union City held a lead the whole game, applying a strong defense and an intimidating offense. The ladies brought in the win, 46-34, advancing their record to 10-7 and giving UC a shot at hardware.
Union City faced Paden in the second round of the tournament. The ladies came out with energy and high hopes of winning. It was a tough match-up for the Lady Tigers, not holding much size and Paden presenting two 6-foot girls. UC worked hard to keep the ball out of the lane and to cover outside shooters.
Union City grabbed the win 47-40, pushing them to the Championship game and a chance winning the Paden Invitational for the second consecutive year.
In the championship game, the Lady Tigers were matched with the second seed, the Weleetka Outlaws. The ladies kept a strong lead the entire game, allowing Weleetka just 11 points. UC held a strong defense, decreasing the Outlaws chances to score.
The Union City Lady Tigers brought home first place hardware for the second year in a row.
The Lady Tigers return to action Tuesday, Jan. 24, at home against the Calumet Chieftans. Senior Night activities start at 6 p.m. and the game will be played right after.