Daily Reporter staff reports
There’s a new frontrunner in the Mid-Hoosier Conference, thanks to the Eastern Hancock girls basketball team.
Jumping out to an early 17-2 lead Tuesday night, the host Royals never looked back, defeating Class A Southwestern (Shelby) 55-32 to knock the Spartans out of first place in the MHC standings.
Southwestern was 6-0 in the conference before the loss. Class 2A Eastern Hancock improved to 3-2 in league play and is 11-4 overall.
Leah Ferguson led the Royals in scoring with 12 points, followed by Emiley Carlton and Peyton West with eight points.
Kaysi Gilbert contributed seven points, and Hope Spaulding and Haley Best each chipped in five points.
The win was Eastern Hancock’s third in three games.
The Royals are currently fifth in the MHC standings, while Southwestern (9-5) dropped from first to third. Indian Creek (11-4, 4-0) and North Decatur (9-6, 3-0) are tied for first.
Eastern Hancock travels to MHC rival Hauser tonight. The varsity game will tip at 7:30 p.m.
Dragons win 3rd straight
New Palestine improved its season record to 11-5 on Tuesday night with a decisive 51-11 home victory against Indianapolis Herron.
The Dragons pulled ahead 25-0 and led 31-3 midway through the third quarter before taking a 40-8 lead into the fourth.
The 11 points surrendered by New Palestine were the fourth-lowest in school history.
Katlyn Keele scored a team-high 10 points for the Dragons and hauled in four rebounds. Carly Hackler finished with nine points with four assists, six boards and four steals.
Emma Grable had seven points, four rebounds and three steals. Haley Stratman provided five points and three rebounds. Katie Herron scored five points and grabbed a team-best 11 rebounds along with two assists and four steals.
New Palestine hosts Triton Central next week Thursday.
Marauders split at Connersville
The Mt. Vernon swimming and diving teams finished .500 at Connersville on Tuesday night.
The girls team defeated the host Spartans 100-84, while the boys lost 107-78.
Lydia Tierney led the girls to victory by winning four events. Individually, Tierney won the 100-yard breaststroke and the 500 freestyle, which she claimed in a new school-record time.
Tierney teamed with Gloria Gonzales, Haley Moore and Riley Moore to win the 200 medley relay. Tierney and Gonzales joined Riley Chambers and Hanna Reighley to take first in the 400 freestyle relay.
Haley Moore won the 200 individual medley and Gonzales won her third event in the 100 backstroke.
Dixon Tierney won three events for the boys team, winning both the 100 butterfly and the 100 backstroke.
He worked with Bryce Gray, Matt Bauchert and Timmy Broaders to win the 400 freestyle. Gray also finished first in the 200 freestyle.
Marauders lose heartbreaker
In charge early after taking a 14-7 lead, the Mt. Vernon boys basketball team lost in a stunner at Hoosier Heritage Conference rival New Castle on Monday night, 55-54.
The host Trojans charged back from a 22-17 halftime deficit and cut the Marauders’ lead down to 36-33 before the fourth.
In the final frame, New Castle outscored Mt. Vernon 22-18 and sealed the win with a late jumper in the game’s final seconds.
Mt. Vernon dropped to 8-2 on the season and 2-1 in the HHC. The loss snapped the team’s five-game winning streak.