Daily Reporter staff reports
MONTICELLO — The Mt. Vernon girls basketball team won two of three at the Twin Lakes Tournament this week to place third, but Sydney Shelton left in first place overall.
Leading the Class 4A Marauders to a 62-31 victory against host Twin Lakes in the third-place game Tuesday night, Shelton scored a team-high 26 points, which propelled her atop the county’s all-time career scoring list.
Shelton entered the season needing 394 points to surpass Greenfield-Central’s Ellen Hamilton, who set the mark at 1,885 career points in 2002.
Seven points shy of the record prior to the game, Shelton moved into second place earlier this year when she passed up Greenfield-Central’s Beth Davis (1,617).
Shelton, who is Mt. Vernon’s all-time leading career scorer, currently has 1,910 points and is still going.
The Butler signee inched closer to the record Monday night when she posted a team-high 27 points to give a 60-41 win against Western in the two-day tournament’s opening round.
Mt. Vernon lost 52-48 to Carroll (Flora) in the semifinals on Tuesday morning before Shelton and the Marauders broke through in the 17th game of their season.
The Marauders are 13-4 on the year with six games remaining on the schedule before the postseason begins Feb. 2.
In the team’s opening-round win, Sophie Williams contributed nine points and 17 rebounds, while Mary Fleming added 16 points.
Mt. Vernon returns to court on Jan. 9 when they travel to face 4A No. 5 Noblesville at the Mill.
Cougars fight to title game
The Greenfield-Central boys basketball team laid it all on the line during the first day of the South Ripley Tournament.
Refusing to let victory slip away Tuesday night in the tournament’s semifinal round, the Cougars surged ahead in overtime to defeat host South Ripley 60-53.
Blake Robertson led the team with 17 points, followed by Tate Hall with 16 points. Kirill Schoellman finished with 10 points while Chandler Bean had five assists.
Gage Mann buried four crucial free throws in overtime to keep South Ripley at bay as Greenfield-Central outscored its opponents 8-1 in overtime.
Greenfield-Central played Bishop Chatard in the championship game Wednesday night.
Boys swimming takes 2nd
The Greenfield-Central boys swimming and diving team finished second Tuesday at the Roncalli Holiday Invitational inside the IUPUI Natatorium.
The Cougars won the 400-yard freestyle relay and were first and second in the diving competition.
The team was runner-up in both the 200 medley and the 200 freestyle relays to scored 534 points.
Bloomington South was first at 629 points. Plainfield took third at 367, Floyd Central was fourth at 362 and Roncalli was fifth with 236.
New Pal sends 7 to semis
The New Palestine Dragons ended Tuesday at the Evansville Mater Dei Classic with seven wrestlers bound for the semifinals.
Jared Diep at 106 pounds, Alec White (113), Chad Red (132), Jalyn Wallace (138), Jared Timberman (145), Eugene Starks (152) and Landon Burton (195) all opened the two-day event 2-0 to advance.
Logan Robinson (182) and Hunter Holcombe (285) both worked their way through wrestle backs to secure a top-8 placement in their 16-man bracket.
The final rounds were conducted all day Wednesday.
Greenfield-Central moves up
The Greenfield-Central wrestling team battled their way to second in the standings at the Connersville Invitational on Tuesday.
The Cougars recorded 96.5 points behind Lebanon at 107 after the two-day event’s opening session. Franklin County was third with 91 points after the first day while Fishers was fourth at 86.5.
The Cougars advanced seven wrestlers into the winner’s bracket and four competing in wrestle backs to accumulate the second most team points.
The event concluded Wednesday night.