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Mt. Vernon at uptempo best in rout of Greenfield

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GREENFIELD — Whether it was a second-quarter slam dunk or a few nifty plays by the reserve unit during fourth-quarter mop-up time, the Mt. Vernon boys basketball team thoroughly enjoyed its 60-32 win over Greenfield-Central Friday.

Less than three minutes into the Hoosier Heritage Conference game, Mt. Vernon had an 8-0 lead, crashing the boards and using quick outlet passes to beat the G-C defense down the court.

With the Cougars (1-10, 0-3 HHC) trailing 16-11, Mt. Vernon closed the first half on a 15-0 run, highlighted by a Erick Shepherd dunk courtesy of an alley-oop pass from Miles Wayer that brought the MV bench to its towel-waving feet.

 “I think we’re at our best when we’re flying around and playing fast and aggressively,” said first-year MV coach Travis Daugherty, who picked up his initial Hoosier Heritage Conference victory. “It’s fun for the guys to play that way, and it’s fun to coach when the guys play that way. And it was fun to see us come out with that mindset and really attack tonight from the beginning.

“We really wanted to come out and play with high energy and intensity from the very beginning tonight.”

Dan Werner opened the third quarter with back-to-back 3-pointers for the Marauders (4-6, 1-2 HHC), sandwiched around G-C’s first field goal in nearly 10 minutes of action.

MV twice had a lead of 30 points, the final occasion on a bucket midway through the fourth quarter by junior post James Stricker, which he followed up a few seconds later with a blocked shot at the other end of the court — leading to more cheers from the Marauders’ bench and student section.

Werner (11 points) and scoring leader CJ Coleman (18 points) were two of five Marauders with at least six points. Shepherd finished with seven points, James McCloud added eight points off the bench and Wayer contributed six points, also off the bench.

Shepherd and McCloud are freshmen while Wayer is only a sophomore.

Daugherty was pleased to see the team-wide offensive effort, and he gave credit to Coleman, a 19-points-per-game senior guard committed to UNC-Greensboro.

“Especially after missing some games (to start the year), he could have tried to step back in and really played selfishly, but he hasn’t done that at all,” the coach said. “When your best guy plays unselfishly, it just filters down.

“We’re our best offensively when we’re helping each other, sharing the ball, and we did a good job of that tonight.”

Coleman and G-C’s Tate Hall (16.3 ppg) entered as Hancock County’s top scorers behind New Palestine’s Ryan Curry (20.7), but the Cougars’ sophomore was held to seven points on 2-of-11 shooting Friday. Both of Hall’s field goals were in the first quarter.

Hall’s seven points led G-C, with Chandler Bean and Dallas Pribble adding six points apiece.

The Cougars have a week off before hosting Plainfield (1-5) next Friday.

Mt. Vernon will travel to New Castle (4-4) today. The JV game was moved up to 5 p.m. to accommodate fans who want to view the Colts-Patriots NFL playoff battle.

The Marauders will close out January with Rushville (5-5) on the 17th at home, Indianapolis Howe (6-5) on the 18th also in Fortville, and at Connersville (5-4) on the 31st.

“There’s not going to be one gimme game on our schedule … but I do think, regardless of the opponent, that we are getting better,” Daugherty said. “As long as that’s our focus, we should have a chance to win any game that we play.

“It’s going to take this kind of effort — high energy and intensity — but we should have a chance to win some games moving forward.”

Notes: Mt. Vernon won the rebounding battle 29-21. Coleman and Shepherd added five rebounds each behind Werner’s game-high seven. … Wayer had three assists. … G-C won the junior varsity game 50-36. Gage Mann had 15 points for the Cougars.



Mt. Vernon 60, Greenfield-Central 32

MV — Wayer 2-6 0-0 6, Coleman 5-11 6-8 18, Ertel 1-4 2-2 4, Lohman 0-1 0-0 0, McCloud 2-3 4-5 8, Thompson 1-1 0-0 2, Werner 3-7 3-4 11, Shepherd 3-5 1-2 7, Deckard 0-2 0-1 0, Stricker 2-3 0-0 4. Totals — 19-43 16-22 60.

GC — Oleksy 0-3 0-0 0, Batton 0-0 0-0 0, Bean 3-5 0-2 6, Robertson 1-2 0-0 2, Lowe 1-2 1-3 3, Hall 2-11 2-4 7, Kauth 0-2 0-0 0, Gellert 0-2 0-0 0, Wolfe 1-3 1-2 3, Stump 1-5 2-2 5, Pribble 2-8 0-0 6, Mann 0-0 0-0 0. Totals — 11-43 6-13 32.


MV (4-6, 1-2 HHC)    13    18    19    10    —    60

GC (1-10, 0-3 HHC)     9    2    11    10    —    32

Three-pt. field goals: MV 6-16 (Wayer 2-6, Coleman 2-4, Ertel 0-1, Werner 2-4, Deckard 0-1). GC 4-16 (Robertson 0-1, Hall 1-5, Stump 1-4, Pribble 2-6).

Rebounds: MV 29 (Coleman 5, Ertel 1, Lohman 1, McCloud 3, Thompson 2, Werner 7, Shepherd 5, Deckard 2, Stricker 3), GC 21 (Oleksy 2, Bean 2, Robertson 1, Lowe 4, Hall 2, Kauth 4, Gellert 1, Wolfe 1, Stump 2, Pribble 1, Mann 1). Assists: MV 5 (Wayer 3, McCloud 1, Thompson 1), GC 4 (Batton 1, Bean 1, Lowe 2). Steals: MV 4 (Wayer 1, Thompson 1, Werner 1, Shepherd 1), GC 2 (Hall 1, Stump 1). Blocks: MV 2 (Stricker 1, Werner 1), GC 1 (Oleksy 1). Total fouls: MV 17, GC 19. Fouled out: None. Turnovers: MV 11, GC 13.


Greenfield-Central 50, Mt. Vernon 36

GC — Mann 15, Robertson 12, Diehr 7, Jackson 6, Ferrell 4, Jameson 4, Hert 2

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