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FORTVILLE — For the second time this week, Class 3A-No. 2 Mt. Vernon spotted an opponent an early lead at home Friday night.

And like they did Tuesday against Westfield, the Marauders ran off and hid from Yorktown.

MV trailed the Tigers by six early but recovered to hold them to a single point in the second period while scoring 17 themselves. That turned out to be the difference, as the Marauders belted the Tigers 50-37 on MV’s senior night.

The Marauders (19-1) closed out 6-1 in the Hoosier Heritage Conference, good for second place behind New Palestine, which handed MV its only loss eight days ago.

As he has throughout his career, CJ Coleman was the offensive spark for the Marauders with a game-high 20 points.  The junior guard ran off 10 unanswered points himself during MV’s second-quarter burst in which it broke a 16-all tie and scored the last 13 points.

“Our guys have done a nice job being consistent and it’s hard to shut everybody out every game,” MV coach Steve Lynch said.  “But (the Tigers) got some wide open looks early and then we got going a little bit. I’d just like to see us start a little bit better early.”

The Marauders spotted Westfield an eight-point lead Tuesday before rallying in the second period and coasting to a win, and Friday was almost exactly the same scenario.

Yorktown led 6-0 on a pair of three-pointers, but MV stormed back and went ahead 12-11 at the 2-minute mark of the first. The Tigers went cold after that.

Jordan Bibbs’ split of a pair of free throws to tie at 16 was the only point of the second quarter for the Tigers  (14-7, 3-4 HHC), which was 0-for-6 from the field in the period with seven turnovers.

Coleman put the Marauders ahead to stay with a length-of-the-court drive and bucket while being fouled.  He finished the three-point play, then came right back and converted a feed off a steal by Stephen Turner and capped off his 10-0 run with a three-point shot and another hoop.

MV in the third quarter extended its lead to 18 on two occasions, but Yorktown ripped off 11 in a row, including three treys at the start of the final period. The Tigers would get to within 42-37 with 4:11 to go.

MV blanked Yorktown from there. A three by Dan Werner made it an eight-point game, then MV made five free throws to account for the final margin.

“We allowed them some good looks and they made them, but I thought we tightened up and put a little more pressure on them,” Lynch said. “And I thought we moved the ball better offensively and got some good scores and answered them.”

Turner had a solid all-around night in his final regular-season contest, with 10 points including 4-for-4 at the line, along with four rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Anthony Burnett, MV’s other senior, directed the offense nicely and ended with four points, five helpers and a pair of thefts.

“It was a great evening for our seniors,” Lynch said. “Stephen and Anthony have had wonderful careers and we’ve talked about how much they’ve contributed to our program and their work ethic and their time spent in all their activities at Mt. Vernon, whether it’s sports or club activities or honors programs.”

MV hosts Sectional 26 and will meet Brebeuf (11-9) Tuesday.

“I’d like to see us rebound and move the basketball better,” Lynch said. “If we rebound the ball, I think that a lot of things that we do will be fine.”

Notes: Yorktown started 10-0 and will meet Blackford Tuesday in Class 3A-Sectional 24 at Muncie Central ... Friday was the eighth time this season the Marauders held a foe to under 40 points ... MV committed just eight fouls and the Tigers were 3-for-4 at the line.


Mt. Vernon 50 , Yorktown 37

 YO — Bibbs 5-10 1-2 14, Neal 1-1 0-0 2, Davis 4-9 0-0 8, Morey 3-10 2-2 10, R. Miller 1-3 0-0 3, Brumley 0-1 0-0 0, Silvidi 0-0 0-0 0, Paluch 0-0 0-0 0, Moore 0-0 0-0 0, B. Miller 0-1 0-0 0, Preston 0-0 0-0 0.  Totals — 14-35 3-4 37.

 MV — Turner 3-8 4-4 10, Werner 3-6 0-0 8, Spears 1-1 1-2 3, Coleman 7-10 3-3 20, Burnett 1-8 2-4 4, Lohman 2-3 0-0 5, Smith 0-2 0-0 0, Rice 0-0 0-0 0. Totals — 17-38 10-13 50.


YO (14-7, 3-4 HHC)15  1  8   13 — 37

MV (19-1, 6-1 HHC)12 17 11 10 — 50

Three-pt. field goals: YO 6-16 (Bibbs 3-6, Morey 2-7, R. Miller 1-2, Davis 0-1), MV 6-16 (Coleman 3-4, Werner 2-4, Lohman 1-2, Burnett 0-2, Smith 0-2, Turner 0-2).

Rebounds: YO 20 (Davis 6, Bibbs 3, R. Miller 3, Preston 2, Morey 1, Team 5), MV 19 (Turner 4, Coleman 4, Spears 3, Burnett 2, Lohman 2, Team 4). Assists: YO 5 (R. Miller 3, Davis 1, Brumley 1), MV 11 (Burnett 5, Coleman 3, Turner 3).  Steals:  YO 4 (Bibbs 1, Davis 1, Morey 1, R. Miller 1), MV 9 (Turner 2, Lohman 2, Burnett 2, Coleman 1, Werner 1, Spears 1). Blocks: YO 1 (Brumley 1). Total fouls: YO 11, MV 8.  Fouled out: None. Turnovers: YO 17, MV 9.


Mt. Vernon 44, Yorktown 23

MV — Wayer 10, Deckard 8, Hays 8, Deckard 8, Forsythe 6, Campbell 4.

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