3A No. 7 Marauders hold off 4A No. 6 Royals

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FISHERS — Recently, the spotlight hasn’t been too bright for Mt. Vernon against bigger schools.

In its season opener last season, MV shocked 4A Noblesville in its own gym.

Friday night, the Marauders one-upped themselves by taking down yet another team from Sectional 8.

3A No. 7 Mt. Vernon outplayed 4A No. 6 Hamilton Southeastern down the stretch and prevailed 52-49, handing HSE its first home loss since February 15, 2011.

“It’s good to get a statement win against a big school with committed players,” MV guard Anthony Burnett said. “We’re little Mt. Vernon. No one thinks we can win, but we’ve got a great team.”

The Marauders blanked the Royals in the game’s final 1:35, and sank three of six free throws en route to scoring the game’s final five points.

With 6:30 remaining in the final quarter, MV held a 44-41 before Zak Irvin, a 6-8 Michigan recruit, embarked a personal 7-0 run to seize the lead.

Four Marauder turnovers aided the momentum swing, sending the home crowd into a deafening frenzy.

The visitors recovered by setting up shop at the free-throw line.

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