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Coleman, MV win first Daugherty Duel

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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.”

Seated, or standing, about the length of a 3-point shot away from his son throughout the contest, Stan likewise was focused from tip to final horn, but savored the rest of the time in the MV gym.

“We were going to try to make it fun for our family,” the elder Daugherty said. “I know it’s not a fun game in a lot of ways. You don’t want to try to beat your son, and you don’t want to get beat for your own players. But we made the most of it; we had some fun with it and it was good to see our family and friends there.”

During the week, the Daughertys had put their meeting on the backburner a bit, because both teams had Friday games to prepare for. MV (7-8, 2-2 HHC) dropped a 49-37 decision at Connersville, while Delta (7-7, 0-4 HHC) fell to Class 2A-No. 6 Wapahani, a Delaware County rival.

“When you play twice back-to-back, you’ve got to devote some time to the important parts of each opponent,” Travis said. “But right now, most of our focus is on us, on our own improvement.”

Saturday, the up-and-down Marauders demonstrated they want to get back on the right track, and remain there.

MV showed a 2-2-1 zone trap and that made it difficult for the Eagles either to get the ball inside or get clear shots from afar. Delta made just 32.6 percent of its attempts and only 2-of-17 3-point tries.

The Marauders led 18-6 after the first quarter and built it to 38-16 at the halftime horn, which Coleman beat with a basket from just in front of the midcourt circle.

Coleman could very well have ended with around 40 points. The senior forward was 11-for-27 from the field, but at least half of his misses rimmed out. He did not play the fourth quarter, in which MV was up at least 30 until the final minute.

While Coleman was the only Marauder in double figures, seven others scored and four made 3s, including two apiece by subs Caleb Deckard and Michael Ertel. MV was 8-for-20 from long range.

“It was really good to be able to play again quickly and get that bad taste out of our mouth,” Travis Daugherty said. “It was a team effort and maybe (Saturday) can be a start of a new season.”

Although not necessarily at his own team’s expense, pops was, and will always be, proud of Travis.

“I think (MV) is a great job and he will do a great job and he will build that program,” Stan Daugherty said.

Notes: Coleman was presented a basketball before the game in recognition of scoring 1,000 points during his MV career. ... Travis Daugherty said junior Dan Werner, who was a starter, is no longer on the squad. ... MV’s next game is Saturday at home against Noblesville (9-5).



Mt. Vernon 65, Delta 39

DE — Fullenkamp 3-3 4-7 10, Robinson 4-15 3-6 11, Fox 1-3 0-0 2, Lambert 0-4 0-2 0, Fuatavai 2-11 0-0 5, Kern 0-0 0-0 0, Tomlin 1-3 0-2 0, Clawson 2-3 0-0 4, Evans 1-2 0-0 3, Coffey 1-2 0-0 2, Masters 0-0 0-0 0. Totals — 15-46 7-17 39.

MV — Coleman 11-27 3-4 27, Stricker 1-3 0-0 2, Thompson 2-6 0-0 4, Lohman 4-9 0-0 9, Wayer 3-3 2-2 9, McCloud 1-4 0-0 2, Ertel 2-4 0-0 6, Deckard 2-3 0-0 6, Forsythe 0-1 0-0 0, Powell 0-0 0-0 0. Totals — 26-60 5-6 65.


DE (7-7, 0-4 HHC) 6 10 6 17 — 39

MV (7-8, 2-2 HHC) 18 20 17 10 — 65

Three-pt. field goals: DE 2-17 (Fuatavai 1-7, Evans 1-2, Lambert 0-4, Robinson 0-2, Coffey 0-1, Fox 0-1), MV 8-20 (Coleman 2-7, Deckard 2-3, Ertel 2-3, Lohman 1-4, Wayer 1-1, Forsythe 0-1, Thompson 0-1).

Rebounds: DE 31 (Robinson 10, Fullenkamp 7, Fuatavai 5, Fox 1, Lambert 1, Tomlin 1, Clawson 1, Evans 1, Masters 1, Team 3), MV 41 (Coleman 11, Thompson 7, McCloud 6, Lohman 2, Deckard 2, Stricker 2, Wayer 2, Ertel 1, Forsythe 1, Team 7). Assists: DE 3 (Fullenkamp 2, Fox 1), MV 10 (Lohman 4, Coleman 3, Ertel 2, Thompson 1). Steals: DE 5 (Fullenkamp 2, Robinson 1, Fox 1, Fuatavai 1), MV 13 (McCloud 4, Lohman 2, Wayer 2, Coleman 1, Thompson 1, Ertel 1, Deckard 1, Powell 1). Blocks: DE 2 (Robinson 1, Tomlin 1), MV 5 (Thompson 3, Coleman 1, Lohman 1). Total fouls: DE 11, MV 16. Fouled out: None. Turnovers: DE 20, MV 13.

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