Marauders to face Indian Creek Saturday night




DANVILLE — 3A No. 6 Mt. Vernon advanced to its third consecutive regional final by defeating No. 1 Lebanon 45-44 Saturday afternoon at Danville.

The Marauders elimated the Tigers in the regional semifinals for the third season in a row. MV topped Lebanon 64-44 in 2012 and 51-36 in 2011.

MV will face No. 14 Indian Creek (20-6) Saturday night at 8 p.m. in search of back-to-back regional championships and its eighth overall. The Braves, who felled Greencastle (15-10) 53-39 in the second semifinal, have never won a regional crown.

The Mt. Vernon-Indian Creek victor will play the winner of Corydon Central (20-5) and No. 7 Rushville (21-3) at semistate next Saturday at Richmond or Bedford North Lawrence.

The black and gold held a 45-42 advantage when the Tigers' Katie Curtis was fouled shooting a 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds left.

Curtis sank the first two freebies, but missed the third. The Marauders' Erica Moore secured the rebound as time expired.

Mt. Vernon trailed for much of the game before Sydney Shelton pulled up and swished a transition triple at the 2:43 mark, handing MV a 36-35 lead.

The teams traded baskets before LE's Carly Greene converted a conventional 3-point play with 1:11 remaining, giving her squad a 42-40 advantage.

But at the 42-second mark, Shelton found a wide-open Shaely Duff in the left corner, and the sophomore forward sank her lone trey of the game to put MV up 43-42.

Following a Tiger turnover and a missed front end of a one-and-one by Shelton, a jump ball called was called with 5.6 ticks on the game clock. MV was awarded possession and inbounded the ball to senior guard Rachel Houck, who was fouled and then calmy sank both free throws to increase her squad's margin to 45-42.

Both teams were extremely sloppy at the outset, combining for 15 first-quarter turnovers. LE freshman Kristen Spolyar had seven points (5-of-5 from the foul line) and five steals in the opening stanza, her unit ahead 12-5 after the first eight minutes.

The Tigers were out in front 19-16 at half, despite recording only three made field goals. They were 12-of-13 from the foul line, with Spolyar going 9-of-9 and finishing with 11 points, six steals and four boards in the first two periods.

In the second half, Mt. Vernon went ahead 24-21 on back-to-back buckets by Duff and Moore and led 28-25 before Lebanon closed the the third quarter with a 6-0 run in the final minute.

Shelton and Moore, both sitting with three fouls, watched the Tigers seize a 31-28 lead by the end of the third. Both players returned to begin the fourth.

Of MV's 29 second-half points, Duff, Moore and Shelton scored all but two.

Moore finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Shelton notched 10 points and four steals. Duff tallied nine points and three rebounds.

Spolyar had game-high 17 points, with Greene (seven points, 10 rebounds) and Curtis (11 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals) also delivered solid contributions.

Mt. Vernon 45, Lebanon 44

MV — Shelton 3-13 3-5 10, Moore 6-11 0-0 12, Houck 1-5 4-4 7, Duff 2-8 4-5 9, Balbach 0-0 0-0 0, Baugh 2-6 1-2 5, Walrod 1-2 0-0 2. Totals — 15-45 12-16 45.

LE — Spolyar 3-11 11-11 17, Curtis 3-10 4-5 11, Greene 2-5 3-3 7, Davis 0-0 0-2 0, Cosgray 1-5 1-2 3, Rice 1-2 0-0 2, O'Rourke 1-1 0-0 2, Yoder 1-2 0-0 2. Totals — 12-36 19-23 44.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

MV (20-4) 5 11 12 17 — 45

LE (21-4) 10 9 12 13 — 44

Three-pt. field goals: MV 3-13 (Shelton 1-3, Moore 0-1, Houck 1-4, Duff 1-5), LE 1-10 (Spolyar 0-2, Curtis 1-5, Cosgray 0-3).

Rebounds: MV 26 (Shelton 3, Moore 10, Houck 1, Duff 3, Balbach 6, Baugh 3), LE 21 (Spolyar 4, Curtis 3, Greene 10, Davis 1, O'Rourke 1, Yoder 2). Assists: MV 3 (Shelton 1, Duff 1, Baugh 1), LE 4 (Curtis 3, Cosgray 1). Steals: MV 9 (Shelton 4, Moore 2, Duff 1, Walrod 2), LE 14 (Spolyar 6, Curtis 3, Greene 2, Cosgray 3). Blocks: MV 0, LE 1 (Yoder 1). Total fouls: MV 11, LE 11. Fouled out: None. Turnovers: MV 16, LE 16.

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