Daily Reporter staff reports
After a tough loss to Knightstown on Friday, the Eastern Hancock boys basketball team bounced back and earned a 67-56 victory against Cambridge City Lincoln on Saturday.
Tom Barton led the Royals with 21 points after scoring 12 against the Panthers on Friday. He also recorded five rebounds, four assists and hit a team-high five 3-point field goals.
Addison True added 17 points and eight rebounds, while A.J. Muegge finished with 15 points.
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The Royals play again Dec. 29 at home against Frankton.
Mt. Vernon now 6-1
The Marauders improved to 6-1 on Saturday with a 62-47 win against Mississinewa.
Mt. Vernon led by eight at the break and never looked back en route to a 62-47 win.
Nolan Young led Mississinewa with 19 points including four 3-point field goals.
Mt. Vernon is currently 2-0 in the Hoosier Heritage Conference after a win against Shelbyville at home Friday and returns to the court on Dec. 30 at the Rushville Tournament.
New Palestine falls
The Dragons fell to 2-5 on Saturday after a 66-40 loss on the road to Franklin Central.
The Flashes used a 21-5 first quarter to run away with the win in a rematch of last year’s sectional final. Senior Cody Long led New Palestine with 12 points, including eight in the first half.
Sophomore Gavin Hausz added nine points while Jalen Qualkinbush and Dylan Romine finished with nine apiece.
Marcus Burk led Franklin Central with 20 points.
The Dragons are off for winter break before hosting the New Palestine tournament on Jan. 2.
The Dragons JV team won 52-49 in overtime.
Dragons rout Yorktown
The Dragons improved to 4-2 in the Hoosier Heritage Conference and 8-4 overall after a 47-32 win against Yorktown on Saturday.
New Palestine led 23-11 at halftime and got a season-high 23 points from Raegan McMurray to earn the win. Carly Hackler added seven points, five rebounds and six assists.
The Dragons return to action on Dec. 29 at the Tri-West Tournament.
New Palestine’s JV team also won, 45-23, moving to 11-1 on the season.
Greenfield-Central tops Delta
The Cougars improved to 8-3 and 4-0 in the HHC with a 75-35 win Saturday against Delta.
Junior Madison Wise led the team with 24 points while junior Katie Helgason was right behind her with 18. Senior guard Savannah Girolami contributed 10 points in the win, as well.
Greenfield-Central scored more points in the second quarter (24) than Delta scored in the first half (23).
The Cougars are off until Dec. 29 when they host their own tournament.
Marauders drop contest to North Central
Mt. Vernon lost 69-49 against state-ranked North Central on Saturday.
Greenfield-Central performs well at HSE
Greenfield-Central swim teams performed well at the Hamilton Southeastern Splash N’ Clash on Saturday. The boys finished fifth with 275 points while the girls finished eighth with 75 points.
Sophomore Zach Cook won two events, the 100-yard butterfly and the 100-yard backstroke. In the butterfly, he broke his own school record by nearly a second and beat last year’s state champion. Teammate Jordan Cermak won the 100-yard freestyle.
“This was a great meet to end the first half of the season,” boys coach Mark Logan said. “(We saw) lots of season best and personal best times while swimming against some of the best swimmers and teams in the state. This really helps to prepare for the second half of the season.”
For the girls, Ashley Finney led the team with a seventh place finish in the 100 butterfly. Freshman Carley Logan finished 13th in the 500 freestyle, as well.
“The girls had great swims at this meet,” coach Emily Logan said. “(It was) great competition from some really big schools. The girls were very upbeat and excited by their races.”