EH girls prove they're here to stay

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GREENFIELD — The Mt. Vernon girls basketball team won its record fourth-straight Hancock County Tournament championship Saturday, and the program showed no signs of slowing down.

Class 3A No. 7 Mt. Vernon defeated Eastern Hancock 71-43 in the championship after dismantling a young New Palestine squad 65-25 in the semifinals.

No team — boys or girls — had ever won four straight county trophies; the original boys tourney ran from 1920-1967 and the tourney was resurrected in its current form for both sexes in 2003.

“It’s neat because New Pal, Greenfield ... we’ve had a lot of good teams,” MV 15th-year coach Julie Shelton said. “This one obviously was a little bit easier, but over the last few years there’s been some battles and a lot of good games. So, it’s neat for all our kids. We’ve had a good group of girls.”

2A Eastern Hancock (10-4) was new to the local championship mix — the Royals were 1-17 in the tourney entering the day. But a nice win over 4A Greenfield-Central in the morning semifinal set up the Royals’ second-ever county title-game appearance.

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