BERNE—Back-to-back treys by South Adams sophomore guard Sydney Willis in the third period Saturday night erased any hopes of a Union City comeback and the Starfires moved to 3-0 on the season with a 42-34 triumph in non-conference action.
The South Adams Lady Stars basketball team has started 3-0 thanks to a pair of overtime wins against Blackford and Eastbrook to start the season.
According to John Harrell's Indiana sports site dating seasons as far back as 2001, the Stars' basketball team has not recorded that good of a start in the last 14 seasons. Last year SA finished with nine wins, the best in recent years but lost the first three contests.
After surviving on the road at Eastbrook on Friday night where they were winners in double overtime 55-53, the Stars encored by winning their third straight game topping Union City at home 42-34.
Against the Lady Panthers (2-1), South Adams was led by Willis in the scoring department once again as she tallied 17 points.
After trailing most of the first half against Union City on Saturday, the Starfires took a lead late in the second period when Mackenzie Jennings hit a three-pointer and Alyssa Bluhm popped in a jumper for a 15-14 edge with 3:40 to play. UC took the lead right back on a hoop by leading scorer Brittany Osborne but South Adams got the lead for good in the game as senior Dzejna Ahmetovic made a nice turn-around play and her short shot rolled around the rim three times before dropping in for a 17-16 edge.
A Willis hoop with :23 to play gave the Starfires a 19-16 halftime edge.
After a lethargic start in the first period which SA coach Brett Freeman attributed "to a fatigue factor since we went double overtime last night (against Eastbrook)," South Adams turned it around in the second period going from a team that shot 1-10 from the field in the first eight minutes to one that hit 6-12 in round two.