FORTVILLE — There are very few, if any, girls in the state who can guard Erica Moore one-on-one.
So, when the standout Mt. Vernon forward goes to the bench, MV opponents will have to take advantage. It’s a sound strategy that might have worked for Connersville on Saturday, save for an equally dangerous Marauders freshman.
Moore scored a game-high 17 points and Sydney Shelton added 16 points in Mt. Vernon’s 47-38 season-opening win.
Moore, a six-foot-1 junior with multiple Division I collegiate offers, scored seven points in less than five minutes to start the game. But she picked up her second foul with one minute, 30 seconds remaining in the first quarter and was out of action for the rest of the opening half.
The Marauders took an 11-10 lead into the second quarter, and the Spartans (0-1) built what would be their largest lead of the game at 16-13 midway through the quarter. With Moore sidelined and the Spartans threatening to extend their lead, Shelton kept the Marauders afloat. The freshman guard scored all 10 of her team’s points in the quarter and the game was tied 21-21 entering the break.