Valley senior Shelby Rehmert drives the lane against Union
City Tuesday. Rehmert
scored a game high 12 points as the Lady Hawks
made it three wins in a row, downing the
Lady Indians, 37-26. CNO
Photos by George Starks
Lady Hawks make it
MV wins Battle of the Hub
By George Starks
UNION CITY, IN.- It took some time. In fact, it took more than three
quarters. When Mississinawa Valley and Union City hook up in anything,
it usually means a battle to the end.
Tuesday night was no exception.
In a back and forth, see-saw game, it took just over three quarters
before Mississinawa Valley to take control before posting a 37-26
victory over cross-town rival Union City for the Hawks third straight
“We don’t give up and that’s what I told the girls after the game,”
said Hawks coach Rodney Saintignon. “The more we practice, the better
we get and it shows.”
The 11 point victory didn’t come easy as the Hawks trailed 17-12 at the
break. During the first 16 minutes, Mississinawa Valley couldn’t buy a
basket and was three of nine from the line on foul shots.
“Our shooting percentage wasn’t good. How many two foot shots did we
miss in the first half,” Saintignon asked. “We ran everything great at
the beginning of the game. We did everything we wanted to do but we
missed too many shots in the paint.”
In the beginning, everything did go right for the Hawks as the visitors
jumped out to a quick 7-2 advantage with 5:05 left in the opening
frame. From that point to the half-time break, it was all Union City as
the Indians held Mississinawa Valley to just five points, leading 17-12
at the break.
The start of the third quarter brought on new life for the Blackhawks.
Mississinawa Valley opened the half with a 7-0 run, to take a 19-17
The Hawks defense was the difference maker, holding the Indians to just
four third quarter points while taking a 27-21 lead into the fourth
Senior Shelby Rehmert led the Hawks with 12 points while Hope
Neargarder netted 11 and Maddie Murphy 10 in support.
“Those three took care of business tonight,” said Saintignon. “Hope
Neargarder has been playing excellent basketball lately and that’s why
she’s starting now. She has taken over and leading this team.”
Thursday night, the Hawks will look to make it four straight wins as
they hook up with Bradford.
“Bradford isn’t as big as Union City but they are quick,” Saintignon
pointed out. “We are going to have to be a little bit quicker and more
aggressive on defense. We have one day to prepare for them and
hopefully we will be ready.”
The Hawks also won the junior varsity game, 34-16.
Mills pulls down a rebound for Union City Tuesday. The Indians
freshman scored six points for the Tribe.