Marauders earn battle with Rushville

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DANVILLE — A season ago, Mt. Vernon’s margin of victory in its sectional final and two regional wins was 45, 20 and 22 points.

This year, it was four, one and five points.

The Marauders may have made things more dramatic in 2013, but they’ve advanced to the semistate round for the second year in a row.

MV now stands one win away from a return trip to the 3A State Championship.

“It’s been crazy. You never really know what it’s going to be like each game,” said Mt. Vernon junior Maddie Walrod of her team’s recent penchant for exciting contests. “We just have to keep fighting, and I think semistate will be a great game for us.”

After felling No. 1 Lebanon 45-44 Saturday in the Danville regional semifinals, No. 6 Mt. Vernon held off No. 14 Indian Creek 54-49 in the title game later that evening to claim the program’s eighth regional crown.

The black and gold will take on Rushville (22-3), the victor of the Brownstown Central Regional and a Hoosier Heritage Conference foe, Saturday at the Richmond Semistate.

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