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Mt. Vernon boys edge New Castle

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NEW CASTLE — As a very tight back end of a road double weekend drew toward a close Saturday night, Mt. Vernon’s boys basketball team sought to create a big play or two.

The Marauders got what they wished from a couple of unlikely sources and from both ends of the New Castle Fieldhouse floor.

Three free throws by fouled backup Miles Wayer catapulted MV ahead, then Michael Thompson’s stop of a Trojan 3-point try at the horn preserved the Marauders’ 47-44 victory as MV swept the weekend set.

The Marauders (5-6) hope this was the jump start they needed. Over the weekend, they put together their best back-to-back defensive efforts of the year (they won 60-32 at Greenfield-Central Friday), and now MV has its first two-game win streak under coach Travis Daugherty.

“It was a good, hard-fought win,” Daugherty said. “It wasn’t pretty or perfect, but it was a good win.”

There were two big swings in the first half, as the Marauders opened with an 11-2 run and NC thundered back to go up 24-18 with 4:25 left in the first half on its sixth 3-pointer.

MV soon re-energized, as did CJ Coleman, who at that point had just four points and was 2-for-7 from the field.

Coleman opened the second half with six straight points, and the Marauders were ahead by four. Coleman made all five of his third-quarter shots and, with two free throws, added 13 points to his total. He ended with a team-high 17 and also collected five rebounds.

The Trojans (4-5) made three more treys over a four-minute stretch, and as a result the Marauders saw a 40-33 lead evaporate and the contest was even at 42.

Still 42-apiece with 3:03 to play, Wayer pulled up for a 3-point try and was fouled by Abe Haler upon release of the shot. Wayer put all three foul shots through, and the Marauders were back in front.

Thompson took a feed from Coleman to put MV up five, but Haler made two foul shots and kept it a one-possession game for NC. The Trojans got their chance to tie after Dan Werner missed the front end of a one-and-one with 25.8 seconds to go.

Because NC had made 10 3-pointers, mostly against a zone, MV changed to man-to-man. Thompson switched his man to cover shooter Andrew Garrett at the top of the key. The result was an air ball, and the Marauders had escaped.

“We did a good job challenging the shot by a guy that was capable of hitting it,” Daugherty said. “They moved it well, and when you have that many guys that can make threes, we wanted to just continue to mix it up.”

The Marauders worked their way to a lot of good looks, and as a result ended 19-for-34, for 55.8 percent.

Wayer was the other Marauder in double figures, with 11 points (he hit both of his 3-point attempts). Werner added seven to go along with six rebounds and three assists.

“We’ve got to keep improving and hopefully winning gives our guys some confidence,” Daugherty said. “We’ve got another challenging weekend ahead, but it feels good to get two this weekend.”

Notes: Alec Lohman had five steals for MV. ... The JV Marauders beat NC 50-42. Matt Hays led the winners with 14 points. … MV hosts Rushville  (5-5) Friday and Howe (6-5) Saturday.



Mt. Vernon 47, New Castle 44

MV — Werner 3-5 1-2 7, Coleman 7-14 2-2 17, Thompson 2-3 0-1 4, Lohman 0-2 0-0 0, Shepherd 4-6 0-0 8, McCloud 0-0 0-0 0, Wayer 3-4 3-3 11, Ertel 0-0 0-0 0. Totals — 19-34 6-8 47.

NC — Orr 0-0 0-0 0, Haler 5-11 3-4 17, Sorrell 4-9 0-0 11, Bumbalough 1-5 1-1 3, Garrett 3-6 0-0 9, Davis 2-2 0-0 4, Froedge 0-0 0-0 0. Totals — 15-33 4-5 44.


MV (5-6) 13 10 17 7 — 47

NC (4-5) 10 15 11 8 — 44

Three-pt. field goals: MV 3-8 (Wayer 2-2, Coleman 1-5, Lohman 0-1). NC 10-18 (Haler 4-5, Garrett 3-6, Sorrell 3-6, Bumbalough 0-1).

Rebounds: MV 20 (Werner 6, Coleman 5, Shepherd 4, Lohman 2, Thompson 1, Wayer 1, Team 1), NC 14 (Orr 3, Haler 2, Sorrell 2, Davis 2, Bumbalough 1, Garrett 1, Team 3). Assists: MV 6 (Werner 3, Lohman 2, Coleman 1), NC 8 (Garrett 4, Haler 2, Bumbalough 1, Sorrell 1). Steals: MV 8 (Lohman 5, Coleman 1, Wayer 1, Werner 1), NC 2 (Froedge 1, Sorrell 1). Blocks: MV 1 (Thompson 1), NC 1 (Orr 1). Fouls: MV 9, NC 13. Fouled out: None. Turnovers: MV 10, NC 10.


Mt. Vernon 50, New Castle 42

MV — Hays 14, Campbell 9, Forsythe 9, Huff 4, McKinney 4, Powell 4, Franklin 2, Freeman 2, Stricker 2.

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