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The Mt. Vernon girls basketball team handled Howe 72-19 in the Class 3A Sectional 26 quarterfinal Tuesday at Chatard.

The defending sectional champion Marauders (17-4) jumped out to a 21-2 lead after a quarter, and held a 37-5 advantage at halftime.

Rachel Houck notched a double-double (17 points, 12 steals) for Class 3A No. 6 MV, which sports a six-game sectional winning streak.

Sydney Shelton had 14 points, seven rebounds, five assists and five steals for the black-and-gold, which registered 30 steals on the night.

In her first action since Jan. 3, Erica Moore tallied 14 points. The junior missed seven games recovering from knee surgery. Sadie Baugh added 11 points and eight rebounds for MV.

The Marauders face Guerin Catholic (15-7) Friday at 7:30 p.m. MV beat Guerin 70-45 on Jan. 15.

GIRLS VARSITY

Class 3A Sectional 26 Quarterfinal at Chatard

Mt. Vernon 72, Howe 19

MV — Houck 8-9 1-1 17, Shelton 7-14 0-0 14, Moore 7-11 0-0 14, Baugh 5-9 1-2 11, Balbach 3-7 0-0 6, Sandefur 2-3 0-0 5, Duff 1-5 0-0 2, Riggs 1-4 0-0 2, Jones 0-4 1-2 1. Shockley 0-2 0-0 0. Walrod 0-0 0-2 0. Grubb 0-0 0-0 0. Totals — 34-70 3-7 72.

HO — Ragsdale 8, Hunter 5, Sorocco 4, Shaw 2.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

MV (17-4)    21    16    23    12 — 72

HO (5-15)       2      3      7      7 — 19

Three-pt field goals: MV 1-5 (Houck 0-1, Shelton 0-2, Sandefur 1-1, Duff 0-1), HO 3 (Ragsdale 2, Hunter 1).

Rebounds: MV 34 (Shelton 7, Moore 1, Baugh 8, Balbach 3, Sandefur 3, Duff 3, Riggs 2, Jones 1, Shockley 2, Walrod 2, Grubb 2). Assists: MV 18 (Houck 3, Shelton 5, Moore 1, Baugh 2, Sandefur 2, Duff 2, Shockley 1, Walrod 1, Grubb 1). Steals: MV 30 (Houck 12, Shelton 5, Moore 2, Baugh 1, Balbach 1, Duff 2, Riggs 1, Jones 2, Shockley 1, Walrod 1, Grubb 2). Turnovers: MV 12.

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2A Sectional 41 at Knightstown

Tuesday

Eastern Hancock 61, Northeastern 45

Wednesday

Hagerstown 40, Cambridge City 31

Knightstown 56, Union County 25

Friday

Centerville (8-9) vs. Eastern Hancock (17-4), 6 p.m.

Hagerstown (12-9) vs. Knightstown (13-8), 7:30 p.m.

Saturday

Championship, 7:30 p.m.

Centerville defending champ. Winner advances to Speedway Regional.

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3A Sectional 26 at Chatard

Tuesday

Mt. Vernon 72, Howe 19

Friday

Brebeuf (9-11) vs. Chatard (15-7), 6 p.m.

Guerin (14-7) vs. Mt. Vernon (17-4), 7:30 p.m.

Saturday

Championship, 7 p.m.

Mt. Vernon defending champ. Winner advances to Danville Regional.

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4A Sectional 9 at Greenfield-Central

Tuesday

Connersville 32, Pendleton Heights 31

Anderson 54, Greenfield-Central 51

Friday

Richmond (12-10)  vs. Connersville (14-8), 6 p.m.

New Castle (6-14) vs. Anderson (17-5), 7:30 p.m.

Saturday

Championship, 7:30 p.m.

Anderson defending champ. Winner advances to Decatur Central Regional.

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4A Sectional 13 at Franklin

Tuesday

Greenwood 51, Franklin 30

Franklin Central 48, Center Grove 40

Friday

Whiteland (10-11) vs. Greenwood (17-4), 6 p.m.

New Palestine (3-17) vs. Franklin Central (17-4), 7:30 p.m.

Saturday

Championship, 7:30 p.m.

Greenwood defending champ. Winner advances to Bedford NL Regional.

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