Wise paces Cougars with 20 points, 11 boards

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GREENFIELD — In compiling a 31-game conference win streak, the Mt. Vernon girls basketball team faced numerous challenges, halftime deficits and poor shooting efforts.

Through it all, the two-time state finalist Marauders never met an opponent it couldn’t vanquish. Until Friday night.

Greenfield-Central pulled off a defense-fueled 47-38 stunner over Mt. Vernon, handing its Hancock County rival its first Hoosier Heritage Conference loss since November 2009.

“That’s probably what hurts the most,” MV coach Julie Shelton said. “Just the fact that it was a conference game. And Mt. Vernon pride has been big for a long time. We’ve had a lot of good runs.

“And we’ve got a talented team here that needs to figure out that toughness and that pride.”

Greenfield-Central was the team that seemed to finally figure things out Friday. A young squad led by freshman post Maddie Wise, the Cougars (10-5, 4-1 HHC) had been on the verge of a breakthrough before falling in back-to-back games to Fishers (46-27) and Connersville (44-43) early this month.

The Cougars, on their home floor, had a 24-18 halftime lead on Connersville that slipped away.

Friday, host G-C took a 17-10 advantage into the break, then held on.

Mt. Vernon’s Big 3 of Sydney Shelton, Olivia Coleman and Erica Moore went 1-of-14 combined from the field in the first two quarters. Wise outscored MV’s proven scoring trio 10-2 in that span.

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