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The 3A No. 7 Marauders are 7-2, the same record as last season at this point. MV went on to finish 23-6 and advance to the state finals, where Fort Wayne Concordia took the championship, 42-39.
But, this has been a different Mt. Vernon squad, particularly on the defensive end, where the Marauders are allowing 49.1 points per game, their highest total since 2006-07 and 10 points more porous than last season.
Part of the issue is ball handling against the press. Quick teams are forcing MV, which lost Indiana All-Star point guard Jessica Brown to graduation, into turnovers and creating a disparity in scoring opportunities. In the Marauders’ two losses, 3A Hamilton Heights went for 70 points, while 4A Anderson lit up MV for 83 points in an overtime game.
Despite the flaws, the Marauders remain one of the better 3A programs in the state and, at 4-0 in the Hoosier Heritage Conference, are in line to win their third straight conference title.
Erica Moore — The 6-foot junior post has more a dozen scholarship offers from DI programs, including Purdue, IU, Michigan, Michigan State, Butler, Temple, Syracuse, St. John’s and Rutgers. With her play this season, the recruiting interest is understandable.