FORTVILLE — When Travis Daugherty became Mt. Vernon’s boys coach last year, he also was signed up for a basketball-style family reunion.
That’s because his father, Stan, coaches Delta, which was on the Marauders’ schedule by virtue of both schools being in the Hoosier Heritage Conference.
As the two faced off against each other for the first time Saturday night, about two dozen friends and relatives spanning four generations, many of whom wearing “Daugherty Duel I” T-shirts, looked on with pride.
“It doesn’t make any difference (who’d win),” said Dick Daugherty, Stan’s dad and Travis’ grandfather, who along with mom and grandmother Anita made the trip from their Alexandria home. “You can’t be a loser.”
Travis’ Marauders most certainly weren’t, as they were in complete control of the Eagles 65-39, behind 27 points and 11 rebounds by CJ Coleman.
“I was excited for (Saturday),” Travis said. “Once the game starts, the opposing coach never really matters much, and (Saturday) was the same way. It was really fun to be together before the game and fun to be together after the game, but the game itself was really no different than any other night.”