RUSHVILLE — In sickness or in health, Mt. Vernon is wed to its stifling defense.
With its 59-37 road victory over Rushville Friday, Class 3A No. 2 MV held its 12th straight opponent under 50 points, even with a team-wide flu bug going around.
But, there’s nothing a possible No. 1 ranking can’t remedy.
3A No. 1 Greensburg fell at Batesville 72-65 Friday, meaning the Marauders will likely be ranked No. 1 when the polls are released Monday — provided they can get past Howe tonight.
“It doesn’t mean we stop working,” MV coach Steve Lynch said of his team’s possible elevation to No. 1, “but it’s a nice reward for the hard work.”
The Marauders moved to 11-0 on the year and 4-0 in Hoosier Heritage Conference play, keeping pace with New Palestine, which defeated Pendleton Heights on Michael Morris’ buzzer-beating 3-pointer.
Mt. Vernon would need no such heroics, limiting the Lions to one field goal in two separate quarters Friday in Memorial Gymnasium.