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3rd quarter surge lifts MV past Cougars


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FORTVILLE—With just six days passing since their last meeting, Friday night’s boys basketball game between host Mt. Vernon and Greenfield-Central seemed like it would be predictable.

Last Saturday, the Class 3A No. 2 Marauders routed the 4A Cougars 51-20 to win the Hancock County Tournament.

G-C, however, made things more difficult for MV the second time around. The Cougars started out hot Friday, making 7-of-11 3-pointers in the first half, and led 25-23 at the break.

But the Marauders outscored G-C 25-3 in the third quarter en route to cruising to a 62-49 win against the Cougars in the Hoosier Heritage Conference game.

With the win, MV’s record remains perfect at 9-0 (3-0 HHC). And G-C falls to 1-8 (0-3 HHC) on the season.

Despite the third-quarter dominance, Marauders coach Steve Lynch said he felt his team was fortunate to beat the Cougars.

“I don’t think our performance was very good,” Lynch said. “I thought last week, we gave (G-C) some of the same looks, and they didn’t make them. Tonight, they shot the ball well. They did a great job.

“The way we play, we can’t give teams that shoot the ball well good looks like that.”

MV junior guard CJ Coleman led all scorers with 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting (66 percent) and went 4 for 4 from the foul line. Senior center Stephen Turner added 21 points and grabbed a game-high seven rebounds for the Marauders.

The Cougars (57 percent) outshot MV (55 percent) from the field. But G-C turned the ball over 23 times, which was the difference. The Marauders also won the rebound battle 18-10.

Senior guard Jordan Keener went 5-for-5 from beyond the 3-point arc to lead the Cougars with 15 points, and senior guard Derek Conley scored 14 points.

G-C coach Josh Johnson said he was proud of how the Cougars bounced back against MV after last week’s County-Tournament defeat.

“I thought we executed our game plan extremely well in the first half,” Johnson said. “We wanted to get it inside and look for kick-outs. Our kids knocked down the threes in the first half.

“Except for the third quarter, we did really well. But we’re never satisfied with a loss.”

To open the game, the Marauders’ defense didn’t allow G-C to penetrate the lane. So, the Cougars took what they could get and made 4-of-7 3-pointers in the first quarter.

G-C spread out its scoring in the second quarter. Each of its five field goals in that stanza came from different players, and the Cougars led by two points at halftime.

MV came out with a renewed defensive intensity after the break. The Marauders forced 10 turnovers in the third quarter, which sparked a 20-0 run. G-C’s only field goal of the period came at the 1:25 mark on a 3-pointer by Keener.

MV repeatedly fed the ball to Turner in the paint, and the 6-6 big man answered with nine points to help the Marauders lead 48-28 entering the fourth quarter.

Turner said Lynch’s halftime speech sparked the turnaround.

“He just told us we needed to pick it up on the defensive end,” Turner said. “We just focused really hard to get stops. We came out really focused.

“I was open a couple of times in the post and made a couple of shots. So that worked out well. Everyone played better.”

MV plays host tonight at 7:30 to Hamilton Heights (5-2). G-C’s next game is Friday at Plainfield (0-8).

 

VARSITY

Mt. Vernon 62, Greenfield-Central 49

GC — Z. Batton 0-0 0-0 0, Keener 5-5 0-0 15, T. Batton 0-1 0-0 0, Conley 4-8 2-2 14, Wolfe 1-2 0-0 2, Hall 4-8 2-2 13, Pribble 0-1 0-0 0, Oleksy 1-2 0-0 2, Lowe 0-0 0-0 0, Gellert 0-0 0-0 0, Stump 1-1 0-0 3. Totals — 16-28 4-4 49.

MV — Coleman 8-12 4-4 22, Lohman 0-0 0-0 0, Spears 2-4 1-2 5, Turner 7-9 7-9 21, Werner 4-7 0-0 10, Burnett 1-4 0-1 2, Thompson 0-1 0-0 0, Rice 0-1 0-0 0, Wayer 0-0 2-2 2. Totals — 22-40 14-18 62.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

GC (1-8, 0-3 HHC)   12   13    3  21 — 49

MV (9-0, 3-0 HHC)  13   10  25 14  — 62

Three-pt. field goals: GC 13-20 (Keener 5-5, T. Batton 0-1, Conley 4-7, Hall 3-6, Stump 1-1), MV 4-14 (Coleman 2-6, Werner 2-4, Burnett 0-2, Smith 0-2).

Rebounds: GC 10 (Z. Batton, T. Batton 2, Conley, Wolfe, Hall, Lowe, Gellert), MV 18 (Coleman 2, Spears 2, Turner 7, Burnett 3, Rice). Total fouls: GC 19, MV 14. Fouled out: None. Turnovers: GC 23, MV 8.

JV

Greenfield-Central 34, Mt. Vernon 33

GC— Robertson 2, Bean 11, Lowe 5, Diehr 4, Fields 2, Pribble 10.

MV — Hays 6, Thompson 4, Wayer 14, Deckard 2, Christenson 2, McKinney 5.

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