NEW CASTLE — A little over two months ago, Mt. Vernon split two games in the Hall of Fame Classic at New Castle, holding its own in a 48-37 loss to defending 3A state champion Greensburg before surprising then-4A No. 14 Evansville Harrison 70-53 in the consolation game.
The Marauders were at full strength and newly-confident, boasting an intriguing blend of youth and experience. First-year coach Travis Daugherty’s outfit appeared to be headed toward title contention at its first 4A sectional come March.
Tuesday night in the opening quarterfinal of Sectional 9, Mt. Vernon — playing on the very same floor that seemingly-budding squad impressed on in late December — fell 58-43 to 4A No. 7 Richmond, competing without many key components it had at the Hall of Fame Classic.
The Red Devils (20-2) move on to face Greenfield-Central (5-17) in Friday’s first semifinal.
Today at New Castle, Anderson (9-12) takes on Pendleton Heights (14-7) and Connersville (13-9) plays New Castle (8-12) in the two other quarterfinal contests. The victors face off Friday after Richmond-Greenfield. The championship game is Saturday at 7:30 p.m.