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MV girls secure third consecutive perfect HHC season


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MUNCIE — Mt. Vernon’s girls basketball squad clinched a third straight perfect run through the Hoosier Heritage Conference Saturday night in bold face, italics, an underline and with several exclamation marks.

The Marauders did it with smart offensive decisions and stifling defense that have been hallmarks of Julie Shelton-coached teams for 15 seasons. And the 49-11 beatdown MV put on Delta was just one of many along the way.

Class 3A No. 7 MV (16-3, 7-0 HHC) allowed the Eagles (4-14, 1-6 HHC) two points in each of the first three quarters and only two field goals the whole game.

And the Marauders, again without highly-recruited junior center Erica Moore (knee injury), got a great all-around game from freshman guard Sydney Shelton and plenty of help from her teammates, who swarmed Delta into submission early.

“I thought we had a pretty good game pressure-wise,” MV coach Julie Shelton said. “And it was a good thing because we struggled some offensively.”

While MV’s offense may not have been at its best — it recorded its third-lowest point total of the season and only shot 3-for-15 in the first quarter — it would capitalize big time on Delta’s lack of power and depth.

The Marauders ran off 28 unanswered points from the 5:12 mark of the second quarter to the 2-minute mark of the third and had a 40-4 lead. MV scored 12 in a row to end the first half and 16 straight at the start of the second.

MV improved upon its shaky shooting start to where it went 9-for-11 in the third quarter. The Marauders finished 42.8 percent from the field (18-for-42).

Shelton had 20 points and senior Rachel Houck added 10 for MV. Freshman Sadie Baugh added 11 rebounds.

“I thought the second half, we found the middle a little more, got Ellie (Balbach) some shots underneath,” Julie Shelton said. “Sydney had a pretty good all-around game and got some deflections and steals from the points (four as well as five assists).

“We’ve still got to get better moving the ball and rebounding is one thing I’m trying to push right now.”

MV has won five straight overall and 27 consecutive HHC games, a conference basketball record for either girls or boys.

“It’s really impressive for how tough the conference has been,” Julie Shelton said. “It says a lot about the girls and how well they’ve done the last few years.”

Notes: Saturday was the seventh time in the past five seasons the Marauders have yielded an opponent fewer than 20 points. Three such occurrences were against Delta. ... MV had 16 steals, and seven different players came up with at least one. ... The Marauders visit 4A North Central (10-7) Friday in their regular-season finale. NC beat MV each of the last two years. ... MV drew Howe (5-13) in the first round of Class 3A Sectional 26 at Bishop Chatard Feb. 5.

GIRLS VARSITY

Mt. Vernon 49, Delta 11

MV — Balbach 3-4 0-0 6, Shockley 2-3 0-0 4, Duff 2-5 2-4 7, Shelton 6-13 6-6 20, Houck 4-10 1-2 10, Walrod 0-0 0-0 0, Baugh 1-4 0-1 2, Grubb 0-1 0-0. 0, Sandefur 0-2 0-0 0, Jones 0-1 0-0 0. Totals — 18-42 9-13 49.

DE — Rawls 0-7 2-2 2, Cross 0-0 2-2 2, Roe 1-4 2-8 4, Dishman 0-5 1-2 1, Pursley 1-8 0-1 2, Sanders 0-5 0-0 0, Lankford 0-0 0-0 0. Totals — 2-29 7-14 11.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

MV (16-3, 7-0 HHC) 10 14 20 5 — 49

DE (4-14, 1-6 HHC) 2 2 2 5 — 11

Three-pt. field goals: MV 4-16 (Shelton 2-6, Houck 1-6, Duff 1-3, Riggs 0-1), DE 0-3 (Rawls 0-1, Pursley 0-1, Sanders 0-1).

Rebounds: MV 36 (Baugh 11, Houck 5, Duff 4, Walrod 4, Balbach 3, Shockley 3, Shelton 2, Sandefur 2, Grubb 1, Team 1), DE 29 (Roe 5, Pursley 5, Rawls 3, Dishman 3, Sanders 3, Cross 1, Team 9). Assists: MV 14 (Houck 7, Shelton 5, Balbach 2), DE 1 (Dishman 1). Steals: MV 16 (Shelton 4, Duff 3, Houck 3, Baugh 3, Walrod 1, Balbach 1, Shockley 1), DE 4 (Pursley 1, Rawls 1, Roe 1, Dishman 1). Blocks: MV 3 (Baugh 1, Walrod 1, Shelton 1). Total fouls: MV 13, DE 8. Fouled out: None. Turnovers: MV 13, DE 31.

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