Daily Reporter staff reports
For the second straight game, the Greenfield- Central girls basketball team lost by a frustrating one point. Falling to No. 7 Pike 53-52 on Nov. 28, the Cougars lost to Hamilton Southeastern on Saturday 43-42. Their record is now 5-3 after winning four straight to open the year.
Madison Wise led the Cougars with 16 points against Hamilton Southeastern, and Katie Helgason added seven points. The Royals built a 25-19 lead at halftime and survived despite being outscored 25-20 in the second half.
Marauders win 2nd straight
The Mt. Vernon girls basketball team defeated Pendleton Heights 70-61 in its Hoosier Heritage Conference opener on Saturday, improving the Marauders’ season record to 9-1.
Sydney Shelton scored a game-high 27 points and pulled down 11 rebounds and added six assists. Megan Gawrys finished with 11 points, and Sadie Baugh contributed 10. Sophie Williams had 10 rebounds and a pair of assists.
Dragons bounce back against Delta
After losing to New Castle four days prior, the Dragons bounced back with a decisive 60-29 win against Delta at home Saturday.
The win kept New Palestine perfect at home, where they are 5-0 this season. They improved to 5-3 overall.
Haley Harrison scored a team-high 12 points for the Dragons, and Haley Stratman added nine. Katlyn Keele chipped in eight points.
Greenfield-Central falls to Flashes
The Greenfield-Central wrestling team suffered its second straight dual loss Thursday with a narrow 31-29 defeat at the hands of Franklin Central. The Cougars opened the season with a first-place finish at the Elwood Invitational on Nov. 21. They dropped their next dual 43-21 against Pendleton Heights.
Against Franklin Central, the short-handed Cougars, who had four injured wrestlers through the season’s first two weeks, welcomed back two but were forced to forfeit at 106 pounds, which turned out to be the difference.
Despite the setback, Brad Lowe improved to 7-0 on the season at 170 pounds and Tommy Brock upped his record to 6-0 at 132. Carter Noehre won by decision against the Flashes to run his record to 6-1.
Dragons win Mooresville Six-Way
The New Palestine Dragons flexed their muscle at the Mooresville Six-Way on Saturday, finishing a flawless 5-0 to win the event.
Jared Diep (106 pounds), Alec White (113), Cameron Diep (120), Jared Timberman (145), Eugene Starks (152) and Landan Burton (220) all had perfect 5-0 performances.
Hunter Holcombe (285) and Jaylen Wallance (138) went 4-1.
Marauders take 8th at Westfield
The Mt. Vernon wrestling team finished 2-3 to take eighth at the Westfield Duals on Saturday.
Peyton Wuerch was crowned the event’s heavyweight champion with a 5-0 run. He’s now 15-0 on the season. Chase Wilkerson was 4-1 at 113 pounds. His season record stands at 11-4.
The Marauders were coming off 75-6 dual win against Daleville on Wednesday.
The team recorded 12 pins from: Jeremiah Kolter (106 pounds), Wilkerson, Ty Franklin (120), Javon Jackson (126), Noah Hanson (132), Gavin Hanson (138), Korey Alka (145), Adam Lackey (152), Drake Tackett (160), Cole Van Slyke (170), Eric Jones (195) and Wuerch.
Royals sweep Cambridge Invite
The Eastern Hancock Royals went 5-0 at the Cambridge City Lincoln Invitational on Saturday.
The Royals defeated Indiana Deaf 66-9, Daleville 66-10, Blue River Valley 78-3, Cambridge City Lincoln 75-0 and Centerville 36-35.
Cougars win home opener
The Cougars defended their home floor with a 53-46 win against Perry Meridian on Saturday night.
Greenfield-Central was led by Blake Robertson with 15 points and Will O’Conner’s 10. Tate Hall finished with nine points and a team-high 11 rebounds.
The Cougars improved to 3-0, the program’s best start since the 1997-98 season.
Marauders suffer first loss
The Mt. Vernon boys basketball team fell to 3-1 on the season, losing to Decatur Central at home 57-48 on Saturday night.
The Marauders led the game 25-18 at the half but were outscored 39-23 down the stretch.
Miles Wayer led the team with 14 points on 4-of-9 shooting from 3-point range, and Erick Shepherd followed with 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds.
Royals drop back-to-back
The Eastern Hancock Royals lost 87-53 on Saturday night to top-ranked Indianapolis Howe. The night prior, the team lost to Southwestern (Shebyville) 67-52.
Addison True scored a team-high 18 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor, and Ryan Speas chipped in 12 points against Howe. But the Hornets ran out to a 40-20 lead and never looked back.
Duncan Cherry hauled in a team-best seven rebounds.
True posted a team-best 16 points Friday night and grabbed six rebounds. Cherry followed with 10 points.
Eastern Hancock is now 1-2 on the season.
Dragons slay Lions
The New Palestine boys basketball team rallied in the fourth quarter Saturday night to upend Rushville 48-47.
The Dragons trailed 32-28 at halftime and 43-36 after the third quarter before surging ahead in the final eight minutes, with both teams clinging to one-point leads late.
Jalen Qualkinbush led the Dragons with 16 points and Cody Long had 15. Long’s final bucket with 11.5 seconds remaining sealed the victory.
New Palestine improved to 1-2 on the season.